For the average consumer, ‘3G’ and ‘4G’ are two mysterious words in the dictionary of mobile technology, but are constantly used to sell phones and tablets. If you buy a new phone, the answer is not clear and you shouldn’t always go for the greatest number. Learn more about these two terms here.
3G, the third generation of the International Mobile Telecommuncations-2000 standard, was the first to introduce the use of speech and data services and higher speed rates simultaneously. However, it all changes as 4G and 4G LTE were introduced as speed rates increased significantly and gaming and multimedia were enhanced.
3G was first introduced in 2001, with 4G following in 2009 so it looks like the network’s lifespan is about 10 years but given the increase in mobile platforms we might be seeing the 10 years lifespan growing shorter.
4G LTE offers users high transfer rates of up to 100Mbps as it uses IP packet technology, unlike 3G that uses circuit switched technology. Therefore, VOIP (voice over IP) is being used enabling thus faster data transmission. Speed rates depended in 3G’s case on the individual’s position, as users would get higher rates of data transfer if they were either stationary or in the proximity of the transmission towers. 4G LTE however changed that as high data transfer rates can be achieved without having to stop driving or being close to the transmitter source. To put it simply, you can live stream a full-length film without worrying about buffering and you no longer have to worry about finding that perfect place in the room where uploading a picture only takes few seconds, you can do all that wherever you are.