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Do 4G Phones Work in 3G Networks?

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  1. Isthmus

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    I currently have a Droid that works on verizon's version of 3g. with all this talk about up coming metered pricing for wireless access, I was wondering whether when it comes time to upgrade my phone to a 4G device, whether it will also work on 3G networks. I ask because current speeds work well for my use and I'm tempted to keep my current unlimited plan if a metered plan becomes more expensive. however I won't be able to do that is my replacement 4G phone won't work in 3G networks.

    Any thoughts?
     

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    Yes it should.
     
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    Sweet. good to know. Thanks.
     
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    To get a smart phone now you have to accept the $30 data plan. What makes you think they won't require the 4G "buckets of megabytes" plan for any 4G phone, regardless of what network you're actually on?

    Trust me, you get a 4G phone, you'll be paying 4G prices.
     
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    Nothing to do with what was asked.

    Also, the OP should look into how cell phone modems work. WiMax and LTE have nothing to do with the CDMA network a Verizon phone would have.
     
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    What makes me think is that If I continue making my monthly payment a carrier can't force me to sign a new plan after the current one expires. since the current one is unlimited, if the new throttled plan proves to be more expensive, i might be better served simply keeping the service I have now. of course that would only work if I either keep my current Droid, or whether whatever 4G phone I replace it with works on the current 3G network.

    Understood, hence the reason for my question. As I understand it, verizon's 4g network is supposed to be LTE, but that is not the case currently. I could be wrong about this though.
     
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    i want to buy samsung galaxy tab 10.1 LTE. but will it work on others normal 3G network
     
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    i want to buy samsung galaxy tab 10.1 LTE from verizon but will it work on normal 3G networks? other than verizon
     

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