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Is 4G any Good?


Is 4G any Good?

If you can’t imagine your life without checking your smartphone every five minutes, you’ve probably heard of the term “4G” before and know that it somehow connected to your mobile internet connection. What exactly hides behind it and what makes 4G any better than its predecessors?

4G, short for “4th Generation” mobile protocol brings lot of changes to the way we use our mobile internet connection – but what about previous generations? What did they bring to the table? Mobile technology changes really quickly and develops with every new model of one of the “it” smartphones released, so throughout the years mobile protocols had to adjust to those changes. 2G was good for making phone calls and sending text messages and 3G made it possible to access the internet more effectively and changed the way we look at using our phones forever.

However, more and more people want to use their phones not only to browse the internet and use Instagram but also stream games and films and do other things that may require something quicker than good old 3G – worry no more, 4G comes to the rescue!

​On average 5-7 times quicker than existing 3G networks, 4G can reach speeds nearly same to those that you can currently experience with your broadband. This means that a music album that usually took you around 20 minutes to download with your 3G connection, can be downloaded in just over 3 minutes on 4G (existing 3G speed is 1Mbit/s on average and it’s 6Mbit/s for 4G). This speed opens a whole new range of possibilities and makes it easier to use Netflix or Youtube on any mobile device, as well as quickly download anything from music to games. What is more, 4G is also really good for tethering, so allowing to share your phone’s super-quick 4G connection with other devices such as laptops and tablets. Sounds too good to be true?

​As with everything, 4G also has its cons. As a fairly new technology, it can be expensive: you need to have a smartphone that is configured to work with 4G and contracts for most 4G tariffs can be pretty lengthy and are 24months on usual. Worth keeping in mind when you are always on a hunt for new mobile phone models and better deals. You also have to be really careful when it comes to your data usage: unlimited tariffs are safe but they can be quite expensive and the faster your connection the more data you use. If you, just like we are, addicted to watching Youtube videos, you may find yourself paying a pretty huge bill at the end of the month. What’s particularly important for those we don’t live in big cities, 4G still has a really patchy coverage in the UK. If you are not sure whether your area is covered and are seriously considering getting a 4G tariff, you can always check it online for every major mobile service provider:

3 Broadband Checker

o2 Coverage Checker

EE Broadband Checker

Vodafone Coverage Checker

​So, who would benefit from the 4th generation mobile protocol and is it any good? If you like to keep your hand on the pulse and always opt for the best, 4G may be an option for your to consider. However, if you’re fine with using your phone internet for nothing more than an occasional Facebook check, it may be a good idea to wait for 4G to become more common and widely available – with some of the mobile providers promising cheap unlimited data packages in the future, 4G may quickly become what 3G is for us now – a standard when it comes to our mobile internet usage.