With the rapid 4G rollout in UK by all the major telecom companies, which is proceeding at incredible speeds, a great awareness is being created about what is claimed to the “incredible” 4G technology. We are aware of the tremendous curiosity in the British public about this wonderful new technology, seemingly capable of unbelievable feats. We hope to satiate this curiosity and explain a few facts about 4G, as well as discuss briefly the pros and cons of this technology.
Yes, we fully understand that our readers would be surprised to know that 4G has any cons. Do read on.
What Does The “G” Stand For?
The letter “G” means generation of the technology. The analog phones of the last century were said to be of 1G. The digital phones, or the famous all purpose Nokia mobile phones – so popular at a point of time, before the advent of the iPhone – were said to belong to the 2G technology. The most widespread technology used today is the 3G. 3G gets you data download speeds of 400 kbps at the very least, to 3.1 mbps at the maximum.
4G, the latest technology is capable of much more. 4G is capable of download speeds of a minimum of 3 mbps, to an average of 3 mbps, to a maximum of an extraordinary 10 mbps. This makes 4G very fast indeed, and hence all the excitement in the public.
A Little History
We like to think of 4G as being brand new, but the fact is 4G has been around for several years now in 2 different forms. The first form of 4G is the WiMAX technology, which has been in South Korea for the last 8 years. South Korea has had for years the fastest data download speeds in the world. It is almost cultural for South Koreans to download large amounts of data in very little time on their mobile phones.
The other 4G technology is the LTE or Long Term Evolution. This was introduced in Norway and the rest of the Scandinavian countries around 5 years ago. Since then, the use and fame of 4G has spread and spread, eventually reaching the United Kingdom in the year 2012.
4G – Why You Should Have It
1. Amazing data download speeds. A maximum of 10 mbps may be reached.
2. Wonderful to surf and download huge amounts of data, very fast.
3. Makes the best use of the most advanced features of your iPhone or Android.
4. Latest technology, important that you don’t get left behind.
4G – Why You Should Avoid It For Now
1. Very expensive and requires great battery life. If you use you mobile only for voice and text messages, 4G is best avoided.
2. Not all handsets are 4G compatible, since 4G is still a new technology.
3. Not all areas are covered by 4G. So it is possible that you may buy 4G for your phone, and it might be of no use to you, as your area lacks 4G coverage.
How To Get 4G?
You may approach customer service of your mobile phone service provider and ask them whether they provide 4G in your particular area. For instance, if you are a customer of 3 , you should make use of the 3 customer service number, call their customer service and hear what they have to say on providing you with the latest 4G technology.
4G is a potentially revolutionary technology which may change the way we live, work, interact and have fun. Various aspects of 4G, its history and a brief list of its pros and cons are discussed with the intention of helping our readers reach a more informed opinion on this brand new, but as yet little understood technology.
Timothy is a software developer based in London, UK. He is dying to tell his readers that he just used the 3 customer service number to get the 4G technology for his smartphone and has reached a conclusion very quickly that the hype is justified.