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Let’s commence with a story that’s withal an analogy for this article. It’s 1996. The first public broadcast of HDTV has arrived. The rumblings commence. “HDTV is peregrinated! Long live the next generation. Verbalize goodbye to your old analog boxy TVs.” Seven years later in 2003, HD (high definition) conclusively hits the Oscars and host Steve Martin celebrates the moment by saying hello to the “three guys at Circuit City who are optically canvassing.” It would take years later near the cessation of the decade until HDTV gained mainstream prominence. Woefully, Circuit City did not make it.
And yet here comes the noise again, except this time, it’s for the next generation of cellular accommodation. 4G. LTE, WiMax, HSPA+, Blazing speeds, Uncompromised experience. It’s the future. It’s here!
Fig 1: EVOLUTION OF MOBILE GENERATIONS
What is Authentic 4G?
Again, much homogeneous to the commencement of the HDTV industry, the current 4G standard is like the 720p HDTVs relinquished much early. Whereas LTE is the 1080p Full HDTV sets that developed years later and became the standard. 4G LTE should be considered the authentic full 4G, whereas the non-LTE 4G can be considered a stopgap or 3.5G or 3.75G. The carriers might be claiming about nationwide 4G coverage, they are partially telling the truth, because they’re verbalizing about non-LTE 4G. But for the True 4G we optate and need into today’s mobile society of data hungry and streaming applications, 4G LTE is still many years away from spanning across the nation.
So 3G isn’t peregrinating away?
Not anytime anon. True 4G adoptions most likely won’t hit the full mainstream until 2017-18 and even then, 3G will have a long life into 2020. The cell carriers have invested much into building and in updating 3G cell towers. In today scenario 3G speeds are more than capable of handling our mobile essentials of verbalizing, text, email, and light internet use.
So why do I require 4G again?
Because you optate expeditious and more expeditious. Major carriers are aggressively expanding their 4G LTE networks because users are authoritatively mandating blazing speeds to cope their lifestyles of Instagram posts, streaming video and music, and Skype video chats. Besides, 4G phones are rearwards compatible to 3G networks and 4G is essentially future-proofing well into the next decade.
So what’s the most immensely colossal distinction between 3G and 4G?
In a nutshell, 3G does verbalize text, email, and fundamental mobile internet speeds. 4G does all that and handles expeditious internet speeds. For example, we’re streaming more data today thanks to popular apps like YouTube and Pandora, so 4G would be more congruous for the constant heftily ponderous data utilized. But for those who just verbalize and text and only need the infrequent light internet use, 3G will do just fine.
Fig 2: DIFFERENCE IN EACH GENERATIONS
So should I be getting a 4G phone or keep my 3G phone?
It genuinely depends on. Do you verbalize and text exclusively? Are you always near Wifi? Then a 3G phone will do. Do you live in a city with 4G LTE? Are you always on the go? Then why not upgrade and future-proof? Veraciously, 4G LTE (not 4G, but 4G LTE!) is still early in the process of expanding nationwide. If you’re still in your 2-year contract with a 3G phone, it should be impeccably fine to wait.
Current 4G phones are battery hogs. And more incipient upgrades in a few years will have lower battery consumption, better coverage, and just be more expeditious, especially when True 4G accommodation hits the mainstream. So there’s no desideratum to jump onto the bandwagon yet because you’ll just be an early adopter. That is unless you utilize lots of heftily ponderous data, have 4G coverage, and need the latest and greatest. However, expect the mobile landscape to transmute with cloud computing and two-way data streams within a short time.
With mobile phones superseding our computers, notebooks, and even TVs expect users to inductively authorize high-speed internet on their mobile contrivances.
What about 5G?
5G is supposed to be much more expeditious and more efficient than 4G LTE. However, the industry standard is still being worked on and is not expected to be relinquished until 2020. Even then, expect a plethora of debate to be whether it’s true 5G or not.
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