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[Discussion] 4G VS 3G Networks. Which One will You Prefer?

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What is 3G?

3G is shorthand for “3rd generation,” and refers to a networking standard in cell phone technology that is capable of providing high-speed data service to mobile devices. As 3G wireless networks became more widespread, you could finally connect to and use the Internet at practical speeds (with a 3G-enabled smartphone), which far surpassed those of the previous generation of mobile phone technology (called 1X).



What is 4G?

In one word: fast! To be technical, 4G stands for “4th generation” mobile data protocol. But as a growing band of 4G users will tell you, it’s all about the speed. Now, what is 4G LTE?  LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. It’s a term used for the particular 4G protocol that delivers the fastest mobile Internet experience. Some experts even refer to it as “true 4G.” A 4G LTE network is therefore one that operates at the leading edge of speed and reliability.


3G AND 4G Battery Comparison

The fact is, it depends on lots of things:

  • Frequency: GSM used 900/1800MHz, 3G used (generally) 2.1GHz, LTE was supposed to use 2.6GHz but the most popular band is 1800MHz. The lower the frequency, better the coverage means less power consumption.
  • Coverage: If you have a perfect 3G coverage as opposed to poor 4G than 3G would perform far better than 4G and vice versa.
  • If you live between cell edges or where a coverage of 3G/4G ends then handovers will kill your battery.
  • 4G generally means faster data rates and as a result users tend to consume more data, this could lead to battery draining much more.

3G and 4G Explained
First things first, the "G" stands for a generation of mobile technology, installed in phones and on cellular networks. Each "G" generally requires you to get a new phone, and for networks to make expensive upgrades. The first two were analog cell phones (1G) and digital phones (2G). Then it got complicated.


Third-generation mobile networks, or 3G, came to the U.S. in 2003. With minimum consistent Internet speeds of 144Kbps, 3G was supposed to bring "mobile broadband." There are now so many varieties of 3G, though, that a "3G" connection can get you Internet speeds anywhere from 400Kbps to more than ten times that.



New generations usually bring new base technologies, more network capacity for more data per user, and the potential for better voice quality, too.


COMPARISON CHART



3G
4G
Data Throughput
Up to 3.1Mbps with an average speed range between 0.5 to 1.5 MbpsPractically speaking, 2 to 12 Mbps (Telstra in Australia claims up to 40 Mbps) but potential estimated at a range of 100 to 300 Mbps.
Peak Upload Rate
5 Mbps500 Mbps
Switching Technique
packet switchingpacket switching, message switching
Network Architecture
Wide Area Cell BasedIntegration of wireless LAN and Wide area.
Services And Applications
CDMA 2000, UMTS, EDGE etcWimax2 and LTE-Advance
Forward error correction (FEC)
3G uses Turbo codes for error correction.Concatenated codes are used for error corrections in 4G.
Peak Download Rate
100 Mbps1 Gbps
Frequency Band
1.8 – 2.5 GHz2 – 8 GHz

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So Guys are you happy with 4G or do you want 3G for better speed and network?




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Pro side 4G: 2 to 12 Mbps but potential estimated at a range of 100 to 1Gbps
Con side 3G: Up to 3.1Mbps with an average speed range between 0.5 to 1.5 Mbps
 
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I would like to use 4g
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01:42, Jun-26-2015 | From PC
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Ofcourse wud luv to use 4g
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i am using it. max 40mbps download i have received

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