In today’s digitally charged world, having information on the go is crucial. Whether it’s for personal or business use, waiting around for webpages, emails or documents to load can be frustrating.

3G was first introduced to the UK way back in 1998, but wasn’t wholly taken up until smartphones became popular in the mid 00s. This allowed users to access the Internet whenever out and about – putting an end to the reliance on WiFi.

However, as with anything – evolution was only going to improve signals and speed. 3G paved the way for the invention of 4G and now almost all handsets released give you access to this network.

4G has revolutionised the mobile world and you can download content and access the web at superfast speeds, that were almost unprecedented a decade ago. Not only are mobile phones just an accessory for calling, but they’ve become a full entertainment hub.

The truth is, 4G is just as fast as your business’s fibre-optic connections. This article has been created to give you a little understanding on the key differences between 3G and 4G, emphasising why you should make the switch.

What is 4G?

4G, technically referred to as fourth generation, is a mobile network that allows users to connect online from many regions of the UK. 4G is now accessible to 70% of the UK’s properties and this figure is growing yearly, thanks to major schemes from the government and mobile networks.

4G is the fastest option for mobile handsets, but is only compatible on certain phones. The good news is though, most smartphones released from 2013 have access.

The network was launched in 2012 and whilst contracts were once on the pricey side, this has changed somewhat. 4G contracts are now affordable and as 4G expands to cover the UK, it’ll become the first choice option.

3G vs. 4G data

When 3G was first introduced around the world, it changed how we’d use mobile phones forever. Users were now able to make video calls, send emails, access the web, see their location and download music when out and about. Whether commuting to work or sitting in the local pub, 3G enables almost instant online access.

4G builds on this principle. Its introduction ensures you’re able to do all of the above at a much quicker rate. This means your webpages will load faster, videos will play without extra buffering and you’ll be able to download quicker and easier than ever before.

However, it’s also the future of mobile tech that’s exciting when it comes to 4G. Experts suggest there’ll be a whole host of new entertainment services that’ll use 4G – with plans for an extensive movie and TV download service. Movies will be available to stream through 4G and can be on your handset in just a few minutes after beginning the download.

For businesses, it’s also the benefit of being able to browse the web, send emails and make video calls without losing signal. 4G compatibility will ensure you can be more productive and your time is better spent, whether you’re in the office or on your travels.

What is the difference in speed?

Of course, the major difference between 3G and 4G networks is the speed in which you can download and upload. For 3G handsets, they’re able to get a maximum Internet speed of 21Mbps, whilst 4G phones can reach up to 300Mbps (nearly 15 times faster). Mbps stands for Megabytes per second – if you were wondering.

That’s not to say 300Mbps is the standard connection speed though. In fact, the average speed is currently only around 60, which is still three times the speed of 3G. However, if you’re based in Central London you should be able to get a speed up to around 150Mbps reasonably easily.

As technology is upgraded in the future and 4G networks are improved, smartphones will be able to reach their full potential.

Can my phone connect to 4G?

Most phones you’ll buy nowadays have 4G connectivity as standard. However, you should be aware that not every handset has this capability – so if you want 4G access, make sure to check before signing the dotted line.

Some of the latest handsets released in the UK, complete with 4G are:

  • Apple iPhone 6s
  • LG G5
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • HTC One M9
  • Sony Xperia Z5

If you’re interested in connecting to 4G and benefitting from one of the latest and greatest handsets on the market, get in touch with Aerial Direct today.

Our team can help you find the perfect deal for your next mobile phone, so call now on 0330 019 3657.