What the difference between 3G and 4G?

The “G” is referred as generation so 3G and 4G represent the third and fourth generations of mobile broadband Internet.

3G, a network is required to meet a set of technical standards for speed and reliability and offer peak data transfer rates of at least 200 kilobits per second.

4G, a network offer peak data rates of at least 100 megabits per second for highly mobility communication and at least 1 gigabit per second for low mobility communication.

When to use 3G?

  • Your area does not have 4G network coverage. There is no point in buying 4G phone since it would not able to communicate with any 4G cell towers to relay the signal. In addition, most 4G phones are backward compatible where it can still connect to 3G towers when 4G network is not available. If you are anticipating 4G expanding into your area, a 4G phone might be a bad choice.
  • Do not really use a lot of data-hungry applications. If you do not plan on streaming a lots of music and video from the web, you probably do not need the blazing fast speeds offered by 4G. Most apps for basic stuffs like GPS, weather, email and social networking will work fine with only 3G connection.

When to use 4G?

  • You want a newer model cell phone. 4G networks are becoming pretty standard, so most of the newest and most cutting-edge phones (Samsung Galaxy S3, iPhone 5 and more) are typically 4G phones.
  • Your carrier has a solid 4G network in your area. If its there, you might as well take advantage of it.
  • You use lots of data and could get benefit from faster speeds. If you like to watch YouTube on your way to work, stream Spotify everywhere you go and rely on a boatload of internet-connected applications to make it through the day, then go with a 4G connection. Having blazing-fast internet in your pocket at all times is insanely useful and data plans usually cost the same amount regardless of whether they’re on 3G or 4G.

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