4G

4G Cell Phone Networks

An important component of data roaming with our cell phones is 4G. The G in the name represents generation meaning that this speed is the 4th generation of cellular technology. Much faster than 3G, 4G or 4G LTE is advanced, fast, and widespread and 4G users can enjoy all of the 3G capabilities but with faster speeds and more luxuries. These luxuries can be streaming movies and videos without lagging or poor quality. Users can stream music from their favorite music platforms with great sound quality and fast downloads. If something is referred to as 4G LTE it means that the cell phone provider has not completely moved towards 4G and your roaming speed will not be as fast as a true 4G connection would be. Unless something is specified as just 4G, any others are not the same and will not be as fast as you think it will be or have capability to do. This speed of roaming falls between 3G and 5G and allows for cell phone users to browse the internet, stream videos, and download without wifi connection. As of right now, 4G is the standard for cell phone roaming technology currently among cell phones. As more and more people begin to use cell phones around the world, the capabilities of 4G slows down which is why 5G is being introduced to help speed things up for cell phone users. 4G arrived in early 2008 offering downloads and browsing as fast as 100 megabits per second.

If your phone does not offer 4G currently, there are options and advantages to using 4G. To begin using 4G capabilities with your cell phone, you must first purchase a cell phone that offers this as there are only certain cell phones with this option. All of the big name cell phone service providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint offer phones with 4G and plans to accompany the technology. Some advantages of using 4G is that 4G is available on several different devices so you will be able to roam and use your cell phone more smoothly. 4G technology is faster and more reliable as it will connect to all of the different apps and platforms that you use on your cell phone. Streaming music and videos will be faster and of better quality when using 4G as compared to 3G or a slower wifi. 4G is also available in more spots than wifi so cell phone users will have the opportunity to use their cell phones and their data wherever they are. With using 4G roaming on your cell phone, you will have a more secure connection compared to using a wifi network. Using a wifi connection makes it to where your information from your phone is readily available to just about everyone especially if the connection is open to the public and not a private connection.

All good things are accompanied by some disadvantages and 4G roaming is not excluded by that. Some disadvantages would include some security issues and virtual attacks through 4G. You are more protected using 4G than a wifi connection, but the threat of invasion of privacy is always present as hackers find ways to break apart this connection. Affordability is an issue that can come up with 4G as not all devices are supportive of this connection and data roaming. The list of eligible devices is growing but if your device is not able to support 4G, this means you will have to buy an entirely new device. Even with the speed of this device, increase in use can run down your device faster and decrease the longevity of the device’s health. You of course will get good use out of your device, but it may not last as long as you are using it more often. Another thing on money besides the purchase of the device is that this all depends on where you live or where you are spending the most time roaming. If your town or city has the current technology to support 4G, then you will have no problems with your data usage. This is different for small towns as they are sometimes behind with technology updates. If 4G is not available where you and your phone are, your phone will automatically go to 3G or you will need wifi to use the internet on your cell phone. You will not be able to enjoy the speed of 4G and will be back to the slowness of 3G or the privacy problems of wifi. The hardware and wiring is difficult for bringing 4G roaming to a new city so it might be best to check if 4G is available in your home town before committing to a new device and a new data plan. As this is the fourth generation of cellular technology, it is fast and great for data roaming. But since it is new, that means that there are kinks and bugs to work through. There will be times where things will not work or will be slow. Eventually all of these things will work out, but it is inconvenient to have to deal with it.

With all things considered, the advantages weigh over the disadvantages when it comes to this new fourth generation cell phone technology. As a 4G user you will enjoy fast roaming, downloads, streaming, and other capabilities. As the list of 4G capable devices grows, you have a good chance of your device being eligible and able to provide you with 4G broadband. One important factor to keep in mind is to make sure and confirm that 4G is available where you reside or where you work. Depending on where you spend the most time with your phone, 4G has to be available for your phone to connect to or else your connection will be slow and similar to the speed of 3G. As new generations come out for cell phones, things will be faster and fresher, but for now 4G is the best out on the market for cell phone users.