5 problems you can now avoid thanks to 4G
Enjoying digital connectivity on the go is great, that is, until technological cracks start to show. When things don’t work as smoothly or as quickly as we’d like, it can be both frustrating and detrimental to the experience.
The latest versions of 3G certainly fight hard to keep us satisfied, but problems still frequently occur. The solution? Going 4G. Here are five problems you can now avoid when you do.
1. Super slow downloads/uploads
Whether you’re downloading apps, sharing photos on Facebook or Instagram or loading documents, waiting an age for them to appear is both frustrating and inconvenient. With 3G large files can take minutes to load, whereas 4G does it almost instantly.
2. Dodgy streaming
There’s nothing more frustrating than attempting to watch a movie, TV show or sporting event through one of the popular streaming apps, such as YouTube, Netflix or WatchEPSN, only for it to be constantly interrupted as it attempts to buffer. Likewise when streaming music on apps like Spotify and Pandora.
With 4G you can wave goodbye to the stop and start hiccups. With downloads speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, streaming quality is significantly improved.
3. Getting lost
GPS based apps such as Google Map, Apple Maps, Waze and Garmin, are both useful and convenient for navigating our way from A to B – and a god-send for the directionally challenged. According to a 2011 study by Statista, 56% of US mobile phone users value the GPS feature on their phone the most.*
But with no maps to hand, relying on these apps alone can lead you into problems. If your internet connection is slow, as it can be on 3G, you can wind up getting lost in the time it takes the maps to upload. Luckily, faster 4G speeds mean they can upload almost instantly.
4. Poor quality sound and image
Sound and image quality just doesn’t always cut it when using a 3G mobile internet connection. And it can be frustrating when movies and songs just don’t look or sound their best.
Swap over to 4G and you can enjoy better all round quality due to increased bandwidth availability. Video clarity is infinitely improved by 4G enabled HD on apps like Vevo and Google Play. Whilst music apps like Spotify Premium offer the option to enjoy enhanced audio of up to 320kbps for crisp, clean listening.
5. Losing online games
Without 3G you’re more likely to die...virtually, that is. And for online gamers that, and losing in general, is a big problem. Get 4G, however, and your luck (or skill) could take an upwards turn.
Benefits such as lower latency (70-80ms compared to 120-150ms), which result in an improved online environment, as well as increased bandwidth and faster download speeds mean your ability to compete is much more effective. In action games, such as Call of Duty and Starcraft, this is a big plus.
So, what are you waiting for? Switch over to 4G – there are some great pre-paid 4G plans available –and wave goodbye to many of those annoying technical glitches.
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