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Aug 28, 2012
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Last Saturday, Smart Communications finally launched its 4G LTE service, making them the first one to do so here in the Philippines. Not to be outdone, rival Globe Telecom will also unleash its own next month. One word: competition.

So what the heck is LTE? It stands for Long Term Evolution, a type of mobile Internet connection. It's also the fastest commercially available of its kind, able to reach speeds of up to 40-80Mbps. By comparison, the broadband connection we normally find in homes has a speed of about 2-5Mbps, which is already quite decent actually.

With the news that our country's top telcos are riding the LTE bandwagon, our geeky little hearts couldn't help but be giddy with anticipation of the joys this blazing fast connection will bring us. Hence, here are our top five reasons why we're putting "get LTE or die" on our Christmas wish list. And, just so you know, it's not just about downloads.

5. Lag-less online gaming

Tired of screaming "Puta, shet, oh my God!" when someone creams your butt in World of Warcraft because your network connection is just too damn slow? We've all been there and it ain't pretty. With a stable LTE connection, you can have a seamless online gaming experience free of lags, slow downs, and those awful instances where your character acts like it's part of a stop-motion sequence. Of course you also need to have decent hardware, a fast Internet connection can only do so much, you know.

4. Better video calls

LTE also paves the way for clearer, better online video calls (i.e. over Facebook chat or Skype). A faster connection can prevent those dreaded freeze frames–you know, the one that always catches you're face at its most awkwardest angle/expression. This is why we think it's a godsend for those who have OFW relatives abroad. No need to worry about your request for the new Kobe shoes not being heard because of "choppy" audio, too.

NEXT: Our Top 3 reasons