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Understanding 4G

What is 4G

Developments in technology seem to occur everyday, this can make it really difficult for those outside the techie world to keep up. And creates a big problem; How can you know what’s best for you if you’re un-aware of your options? Luckily, that’s where we come in. We are going to talk you through 4G, one step at a time.

First off, what was 3G?

We’ve all heard of ‘3G’ but do we truly understand its meaning? Well, here’s a little geek note for you: 3G is the term commonly used in telephone technology in reference to third-generation. A device with 3G communications technology means it’s more advanced than the earlier 1G and 2G. The 3G technology uses high-speed broadband to sustain your internet access and multimedia applications. Sounds simple enough, right? 

Introducing 3G’s Older Brother – 4G

4G is therefore the fourth-generation and 3G’s successor – offering mobile ultra-broadband. 4G enables devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers to access the internet through a card that is already connected to the device. This is beneficial because there is no longer a need for a computer modem and your connection is even better than before.

Finally, is it worth purchasing a 4G enabled phone?

Yes. The 4G journey has begun and UK-wide 4G coverage may be a lot closer than we think. Although Ofcom’s target is 98% coverage by the end of 2017, big networks such as O2 and Vodafone, are aiming to cover 98% of the UK by the end of 2015. We are not advising you throw out your 3G phone in a hurry, but when it’s time to upgrade or replace your existing model, why not get on board the 4G train and give yourself the benefit of a better connection. The latest 4G ready models include the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Motorola Moto G, Nokia Lumia 930 and the HTC One M8.