Everything you should know about superfast 4G Mobile Network
You may have already heard the news about the launch of 4G (fourth generation) mobile network in UK, however for those who haven’t, Britain’s firts superfast 4G network rolled out on 30th of October. The 4G network has initially been available for consumers in 11 UK cities including Southampton.
What is the difference between 4G and 3G network?
The 4G Mobile Network is set to be much faster than 3G; in numbers as a 4G customer you’re promised to expect the speed around 8 and 12 megabits per second (Mbps). In comparison to 3G, if your phone is running on 4G you could download anything five times faster than on 3G.
Here’s a quick speed comparison:
|Downloading a web page||1sec||0.25sec|
|Downloading a song||21sec||4sec|
|Downloading a music video||1min 45sec||26sec|
|Downloading a movie – standard quality||52min||13min|
|Downloading a movie – high quality||4hr 48min||1hr 12min|
If these numbers don’t tell you anything, the speed of 4G should equal to broadband connection at your home. Pretty fast, right? However it’s not so true.
The speed is affected by many things, of which the network coverage is the most important. Therefore, if you’re in a rural area not covered by 4G you can easily forget about the supersonic Internet connection. However, the 4G network is expected to be switched on and available to 98% of the population by the end of 2014.
How can I get superfast 4G Network on my phone?
If you’re a customer of O2, Vodafone or Three and you don’t want to change it, you will need to wait a couple of months. Orange and T-Mobile customers are in advantage of having 4G as the providers merged (now EE) in order to offer the 4G Network from October 2012.
However, bear in mind that, if you’re not the lucky owner of iPhone 5 you will need to buy a new phone that supports the 4G. The ones you can choose from include, for example, Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, Nokia Lumia 920 & 820, HTC One XL and some of the Huawei phones.
SIM Cards only tariffs are still really expensive with Basic monthly plans starting at £36. You can have a look at all the plans on EE website here
What we think about 4G…
The superfast 4G is certainly a massive technology improvement, however we don’t suggest rushing to shops to get your 4G phone at the moment. You’ll be able to fully enjoy all the benefits of the superfast 4G Network once it’s rolled out across the whole UK.