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3G or 4G: What does it mean for you?

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by Kimberly Deas

You’ve heard terms like 3G and 4G, but what do they really mean for mobile users?

Let’s start with the basics. 3G is short for third generation and 4G for fourth generation wireless technology. The evolution of wireless networking took a huge step by allowing large amounts of data to be transmitted efficiently for the first time. We can talk, email, browse the web and much more, thanks to the 3G networks.

As we became more addicted to our mobile devices and began surfing the web, watching videos, playing games and in general transmitting more data, the 3G network has become bogged down and 4G was created. 4G takes another giant leap forward in mobile technology. With new protocols, users now have more bandwidth and higher transmission speeds available.

But wait before you go out and buy a new phone: 3G or 4G is not the only factor that will determine your connection speed. There are several factors that affect the overall speed you experience, including: number of towers in the area, number of users using the towers and bandwidth available to the towers. 3G users with fewer users on the network can experience a faster connection than a 4G user with more users.

If your area has been upgraded and you have a good density of towers, there is a good chance you can experience a significant speed increase by upgrading to a 4G network.

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Author: Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years' experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.

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