Representing the newest standard for mobile internet, 4G is becoming more widespread across the UK, and offers significant increases in speed from 3G. While Everything Everywhere (EE) have so far been the only mobile network offering 4G, new networks from Vodafone and O2 are currently being launched. Businesses can also take advantage of deals on phones available through DCL Mobile. What, though, makes 4G so special, and what are some of the package options you can currently look into?
4G is the fourth generation of mobile internet, and adapts the technology already used for 3G, which involves Long Term Evolution (LTE) connections and the use of multiplexing through signal towers to transmit data. Compared to 3G, 4G offers greater bandwidth and a higher speed capacity. In some cases, 4G internet speeds might be six or seven times faster than 3G, with high end speeds pushing past 30 Mbps and above for downloads.
Some of the key benefits of using 4G include the ability to stream and download files much faster, and to view video and listen to audio without the same buffering issues as 3G. Connections using 4G also tend to be more stable than 3G, and will become stronger as coverage for networks becomes more widespread. In time, 4G on your phone or mobile device could be faster than the broadband connection you use in your home.
Businesses that conduct a lot of their work online can similarly benefit from the faster and more robust speeds and applications available through 4G. Using a 4G connection can enable employees to share data at a faster rate, while also enjoying video conferencing calls with less connection problems. To this end, businesses can increase productivity and make use of remote working to stay connected.
Coverage for 4G in the UK is still dominated by EE, who have services up and running in around 105 towns and cities; 4G primarily remains an urban service, though. Vodafone and O2 are launching their services in London and cities such as Leeds and Bradford, but with expectations that coverage will become much broader in 2014. Not all mobile phone handsets and tablets are compatible with 4G, with leading handsets such as the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S IV representing examples of high end devices that can support networks.
In terms of price plans, the entry of O2 and Vodafone into the 4G marketplace will increase competition and hopefully lower some costs for consumers. EE’s introductory 4G package involves £21 per month for 500 MB of data, while Vodafone offer £26 with 2 GB of data, and the first three months of a contract with unlimited data. At the higher end of premium packages, EE currently provide a more than adequate 20 GB of data for £61 a month. Businesses can take advantage, though, of business phone packages that include discounts for international and video calls.
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. She’s looking forward to 4G becoming more widely available.