to be or not to be — 4G or E

In the days when a phone was just a phone, data speed wasn’t an issue.  But we’ve evolved.  And hopefully, we’ll continue to do so.  Expanded data speed on mobile devices increases efficiency of many tasks, from gps, to translating languages, to a plethora of communication formats.  Speed wise, we’ve gone from 1G to 2G to E, then 3G, now 4G and LTE, soon to be 5G.

But with data speeds, as with other aspects of life, some of us don’t want to evolve so quickly.  Some have pegged a bar and decided not to evolve beyond a certain point.  The Amish sect in the USA are one example.  They shun (outwardly) things that are modern, even though modern is an evolving target.  As well, other orthodox religions have capped progress, one going so far as making an entire gender inferior to the other.  Some states cap evolution by restricting information in an effort to keep their people uninformed.  And certain industries restrict progress for the protection of profit.

Maybe it’s because I worked in Silicon Vally when Steve Jobs ran Apple (his first time), that I became a dedicated Apple user long before Mac products were mainstream.  I jumped at the first iPhone model and upgraded to almost every new model since.  I was, therefore, antsy to acquire the iPhone 6, allowing me to unlock my two-year old 5 model to use in China with my local sim card.  Little did I realize that there are almost two dozen iPhone 5 models, which, depending on where there are sold, differ (widely) in their technical specs for cellular connectivity.  Nevertheless, the iPhone 5 I have and the local sim card are both LTE/4G enabled.  However, they don’t work together.  The local phone company has a restriction on certain phone models preventing the use of 4G service, my current model iPhone 5 happens to be one of them.  Evolution stunted.

So until I change phones, again, to a model the local company approves, 4G is not to be, nor is 3G.  It’s back to E.