4G (Fourth Generation) refers to the fourth version of a type of wireless communication that has been widely used commercially worldwide. When it comes to wireless cellular service, in each generation, there is a substantial upgrade when it comes to how responsive and fast the service will be. In this case, 4G cellular services are classed as being up to 10 times faster than 3G cellular services. Sprint was the first company to be able to offer 4G speeds in the United States of America at the start of 2009. Today, almost all cellular carriers around the world offer 4G services, however, in some remote areas, there are still slower 3G coverages.
4G is actually a protocol that sends and receives packets of information and data. However, 4G differs from 3G in a way that 4G is entirely IP based. This means that when it comes to data like video and voice data that needs to be sent and received, it uses internet protocols. Using this standard of transmitting data mitigates the risk of the data becoming scrambled while being delivered. In order for a network to be considered as 4G, a network needs to be able to reach peak data rates of 100 Mbps (megabits per second) when it comes to highly mobile communications, which encompasses users that are travelling in a car, train, or any transport, while also having at least 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) when it comes to not being in any form of high-speed transport. However, users need to realize that not all 4G networks are able to provide the same speed, reliability, or even responsiveness. This means that users must be aware of the different standards and parameters that are imposed by the Internet Service Provider (ISP).
As compared to the previous generations of connections, 4G connections have three main benefits:
4G works in the same as 3G but is simply much faster. By using a high-speed download system and upload packets as a way of transmitting data, 4G networks will allow users to access broadband-type speeds while they are on the move. In all respects, 4G is basically a high-tech and advanced radio system. 4G and 3G connections use towers in order to broadcast their signal. These towers relay information and data that coders and engineers usually update. The standard 4G network is often called 4G LTE and can offer a maximum of 150 Mbps (Megabits per second). In such case, you can download a 4GB (gigabyte) movie in just under 6 minutes and 40 seconds with a standard 4G network. If this was a 3G network, at a constant speed, it would take as much as 50 minutes.
Both 4G and 3G networks have their own advantages and disadvantages, but we will be focusing more on the advantages of getting a 4G phone:
In most cases, individuals do not know the difference between 4G and 3G. It is necessary to know the difference to be aware of the standards and restrictions that each type of connection imposes on its customers.[6:1]