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3G vs 4G Mobile Internet: Which is Right for You?

Posted on in Smartphones and Tablets

Both the 3G (Third Generation) and 4G (Fourth Generation) of mobile phones are labeled as such due to their networking capabilities. In the advancement of mobile devices, both 3G and 4G devices are designed for mobile broadband use to connect to the Internet.

There are several differences between the 3G and 4G devices. Here's what you need to know before you choose which smartphone to buy.

Speed
One of the major marketing differences between the 3G and the 4G mobile devices is the speed of downloading data. It is publicized that the 3G has approximately 400 Kbps of speed, with the 4G being 10 times as fast.

Speed is determined by how fast data can be exchanged and retrieved through the broadband service. It means quicker Internet downloads from 4G and streaming of videos and other multi-media programs, such as television shows and movies.

Availability
Currently, Verizon and T-Mobile are the leaders in marketing and setting up 4G networks; however, it is not available in all states or countries. Right now, 3G is available in all 50 states of America and is the most widely used network.

Although the mobile marketers are trying to push for 4G devices and networking, it is hard to do when it is not readily available in all markets. For example, there is so much selling of the 4G iPhones and 4G iPads, yet there is no service available in many areas.

Cost
The cost of the 3G mobile devices and services plans are expensive when choosing data plans; however, 4G is far more expensive. The data plans are higher with the 4G services, as it is expected that more data will be downloaded. This could put you in a bad financial position if you are not prepared for the extra charges.

Battery life
The battery life on either a 3G or 4G will depend on how many applications you run, as well as how much data you download and view. Since 4G is marketed as being better for multi-media uses and applications (this is what it will most likely be used for), the 4G battery has a shorter life than the 3G devices.

The future of 4G
According to the mobile companies, 4G is the new network of the future. Mobile companies are trying to respond to the demand for faster and more data transferring to mobile devices in less time by its customers. It is also claimed that 4G will reduce the chances of calls dropping.

Some believe it is best to purchase a 4G mobile device; however, due to the fact that the setting up of this network has been slow, it may be wise to save your money now and continue to use your 3G mobile device. For example, if you spend the money for a 4G device, yet your area does not have it available, it is basically a waste of your money at this time.

At this stage, it may be best to see how the 4G plays out in more markets before giving it a try. As always, it is best do understand the deliverance of each type of service and what is beneficial to your needs, before making a decision to change.

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