Luggage-Free: Why 4G Matters

Luggage-Free: Why 4G Matters

There are contexts where 4G speed is nice to have, and contexts where it is essential. The Luggage-Free experiment definitely falls into the latter camp.

I’ve been lucky to have a borrowed Telstra 4G SIM while I’ve been roaming the country. Where the difference has been really obvious is in uploading videos. That has been a slow process when using Wi-Fi (as I had to in New Zealand), but much faster on 4G. No exaggeration: one video went up so quickly I thought the upload page status was in error.

In most other contexts, 3G is ample; after all, my day job mostly involves dealing with text. But speed on the network plus speed on the Z10 is a nice combo.


  • I’m going to agree, 4G can be pretty dang awesome. Also, compared to previously being on Vodafone 3G? The difference is amazing.

  • I became tired of arguing it to people on the Nexus 4 pages, people saying LTE is not essential to have in a phone. LTE is a very important thing to consider for your next 24 months of use.

    If you only plan to stay in your 9 to 5 sure, 3G might be enough. But if you have any plans then it’s better to choose it from the outset. Google really messed up not giving LTE on their devices.

  • 4G is amazing, just wish it wasn’t so dang expensive!

    I work from home, and my ADSL1 is congested to the point it is unusable. With roof mounted antennas, I am able to get Telstra 4G coverage (even though I am outside their coverage area).
    The positive is I get up to 40Mbps/5Mbps on 4G, the negative is I spend $320 a month on multiple 4G plans with Telstra, just to get enough quota ($320 per month for 2x25GB plans).

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