02 Nov

The Difference Between 3G and 4G

Cellphones are in demand, but many consumers are confused about the difference between 3G and 4G. The average person may think that the G stands for something technical, however it simply represents the generation of the model and its technology.

Wireless communication technology is a classification, the grand-daddy being the 1G analog signals. Then 2G was released when wireless signals changed to digital, and with the 3G voice and data transmissions arrived.

Speed, we want our email and downloads in the blink of an eye. The 3G offers pretty impressive speed at up to 3 Mbps (Megabits per second), but the average speed may vary based on coverage area. Even at lower speeds of only 1 Mbps when in stationary mode the 3G is nearly as fast as the basic high-speed DSL connection in homes.

The next generation, 4G network technology surpasses 3G when it comes to speed. Compare 3 Mbps to 4G’s 100 Mbps in mobile areas and 2 Mbps to 4G’s 1 Gbps (Gigabits per second) in stationary mode. A huge difference.

3G signals are common in major areas, so you might want to check a carrier’s coverage map when it comes to the 4G phone because the 4G can pick up a 3G signal. What this means is you may have a 4G transmitting at the lower speeds on a 3G signal.

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