What is 4G?

Monday, January 4, 2016

The 4G phone network is currently being lauded by every major mobile network provider in the world, driving their marketing campaigns with its banner. But what is 4G and what makes it so special? Simply put, 4G stands for Fourth Generation mobile telecommunication technology and, as you may well know already, it’s the successor of the popular 3G network. The 4G mobile telecommunication technology is a rather complex system that encompasses voice services, ultra-broadband Internet services for both smartphones and USB wireless modems, IP telephony, HD mobile TV, cloud computing services, video conferencing and a plethora of other similar features that have become indispensable to modern life.

The ultra-high speed of the 4G mobile network is undoubtedly its primary feature. As mobile telecommunication technology has evolved, so has its potential for speed and automatically, the bandwidth – this has eventually led to a faster and more efficient data transfer between smartphone devices. 4G users can now stream their favorite movies in minutes, where before it was hours; flick through internet pages with seemingly instantaneous load times, where before it stuttered and toiled and video conference seamlessly without the jittering pixelated video and broken audio.

What’s more, 4G mobile networks also offer significantly greater coverage than other networks, and boasts extensive security measures. As mentioned above, continuous and uninterrupted connectivity is one of the many features that the fourth generation mobile telecommunications technology takes great pride in. Security is one of the biggest concerns of all mobile phone and Internet users these days, and for good reason – one’s privacy or safety must never be taken for granted, especially if the phone owner stores personal information on the cell-phone. This is precisely why the 4G networks strive to provide a safe, secure and efficient environment for exchanging information.

The price per quality relationship of modern 4G mobile networks – especially when associated with prepaid phones – also tends to be very advantageous, as the price of the service has constantly decreased, with tens of millions of 4G users all around the world. Besides this, there are many different 4G coverage plans that are tailored to the needs of all customers these days. As a matter of fact, most mobile carriers these days offer attractive long-term 4G plans for their customers, and they are very reasonably priced.

As expected, the fourth generation mobile network is far superior to 3G – it is faster, more efficient and more secure, and the coverage is significantly better as well. The 4G network is not only more constant and more reliable than its predecessor, but it also allows you to stream movies and other types of videos in a faster, smoother, clearer manner, thus improving your movie watching experience. The overall video quality is significantly improved, and the loading times are reduced, as such, it has never been easier to enjoy your favorite high definition content!

Another notable benefit that the 4G networks have over the classic 3G network is in terms of GPS usage and maps – regardless of the maps you are relying on to get your directions (Bing, Apple or Google maps), a smart phone that is connected to a 4G mobile network can truly be a life saver, with the maps loading and updating instantly, without you having to wait or be misled by retrospective updates – this was not possible with the 3G networks, as you often had to wait for a couple of minutes before the maps actually got updated, making usability poor if you were on the move and relaying instructions to a driver and as such needed directions in real-time.

Last, but surely not least, the 4G network will always help you stay connected to your virtual profiles, regardless of where you are. Extensive coverage means that you will be able to access your Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account from virtually anywhere. Regardless of whether you want to log into social networking websites or simply to send an important e-mail quickly and effortlessly, the 4G network will help you do just that.

Besides all this, the 4G network has increased portability and flexibility, as you can easily attach very large attachments and send them to your friends and family within seconds (while the 3G network would take several minutes to do so if at all). Everything happens as close to instantly as can be imagined, and this is certainly a very important benefit given the fast paced environment of today’s world!

Statistically speaking, the 4G network tends to be up to five times better and faster than the 3G network, and this is a mammoth step forward for both the mobile industry and for smart phone users alike.


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