Many people buy their smartphones without even knowing the type of data network used on the device. Although you frequently hear about 3G and 4G in tablets and phones commercials, they remain only some mysterious terms in the mobile technology dictionary. Here is everything you need to know about 3G and 4G as well as the comparison and difference between these two terms.
“G” stands for a generation of mobile technology. You cannot upgrade your phone or tablet from 3G to 4G. If you want a better generation of mobile technology installed on your device, you will have to purchase a new phone or tablet. 1G stands for analog cell phones, 2G was installed on digital phones and 3G, or the third-generation mobile networks, with the Internet speed of 144Kbps, came to U.S in 2003 and supposedly brought “mobile broadband”. Today we have several types of 3G and Internet speed can reach from 400Kbps to more than 10 times that.
On the other hand, 4G was designed to be faster than 3G. However, 4G is heavenly when you surf the Web and stream video. The fourth-generation mobile networks are faster, with a coverage going to be better, but with serious battery life problems. If you only use your phone for mostly voice use, you should probably stick to 3G. But if you are frustrated with slow data on your 3G device, you should get yourself a brand new phone, with 4G technologies.
3G is more affordable than 4G and Sprint 3G will not disappoint you with its high Internet speed. Yet it will not be as high as the multiple megabits per second upstream and downstream of the fourth-generation mobile networks. Search thoroughly before buying your new phone and be honest: do you need 3G or 4G?