Guide to 4g

What is 4g?Guide to 4g

4g is a faster mobile internet technology. 4g stands for fourth generation, and it will be make data transfer over the internet quicker than 3g, the current standard. With a 4g connection, data transfer rates should be similar to those experienced on your home broadband service.

The 4g technology will be great for streaming videos or downloading files and it is expected to be more than five times faster than 3g.

Will there be 4g coverage in my area?

According to Ofcom, 4g should be available to at least 98% of towns in the UK. The aim is that it should be available to virtually every home.

Are all mobile phones compatible with 4g?

No. Older models will most likely not be compatible with the new 4g technology and so data transfer rates will be no faster on these phones. If you are about to buy a new mobile phone and would like to be able to make use of the new 4g technology when it is rolled out, check that the phone you are buying is 4g ready. At the time of writing, 4g ready phones included the:

  • Nokia Lumia 920
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • BlackBerry Z10
  • BlackBerry Q10
  • HTC One
  • Sony Xperia Z
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (later models)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • The iPhone 5 works on the EE 1800 MHz network but not on the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands that the other networks will be using.

It is adviseable to check that the "4g ready" phone that you are about to purchase is compatible with all three frequencies (800 Mz, 1800 MHz and 2.6GHz) in order that you have total freedom of choice if you want to change networks in the future.

When will 4g be available?

It is already available in some parts of the UK from EE. It is likely to be available with the other networks by Summer 2013.

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