What's the difference between cell phone reception and LTE?LTE (Acronym for Long Term Evolution) is a technology that allows mobiles, or generically speaking, user equipments (UEs), to be able to access high speed data with typical speeds of around 100 Mbps. Of course like with every technology, these numbers will keep increasing as the technology improves, but thats beside the point.
Very simply speaking, when your mobile phone powers on, it tries to search for a network to latch onto. There are various algorithms and operator specified instructions on which type of technology to try and access first (GSM or CDMA/UMTS/LTE etc) and in which frequency band to search for them.
After having latched onto a network and registering with it, the mobile will typically show what type of technology the current network is supporting, giving you an idea, among other things, of the type of data speeds you will be experiencing.
So cell phone reception is basically the presence of some sort of access network (GSM or CDMA/UMTS/LTE) and its associated signal quality.