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4G Broadband – Why Should I Care?

One of the main reasons I’m so excited about my new iPhone 5 (aside from the fact it’s so shiny) is 4G LTE. This post is a guest post by Broadband Genie that explains what 4G is and why you should even care in a far better way than I could ever explain! Cheers, guys!

Anyone who is thinking about buying a new phone, enabled tablet or internet device will have no doubt been exposed to the term 4G and whilst it sounds exciting because it’s a higher number than 3G, there are two questions that stem from this. These questions being “what exactly is 4G” and “do I need it”?

Firstly, the term G is simply short for Generation and by putting the number 4 in front it just means that it is the latest form of mobile internet technology. 4G uses a different spectrum of radio waves (previously used by terrestrial TV) and as such is faster than 3G. However, before you go straight to your nearest supplier, there are a few facts that you need to know which could affect you.

Ofcom has recently given Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) permission to start rolling out 4G for certain cities in the UK, so as things stand, you will need to have an Everything Everywhere device in order to be able to receive it.

However, this will not always be the case, as Ofcom will be auctioning the 4G frequency spectrum early next year. Also, O2 are planning on challenging the decision and as such exactly what is going to happen and which provider will be offering 4G in the short term remains unclear. However, with all that said, the plan is to have 98% coverage by 2015, so one way or another you should be able to receive 4G in most places eventually.

Why do I need 4G?

Armed with this knowledge the question that remains is whether you need it for home or work? For business users, 4G can be very handy if you spend a lot of time on the net. File sharing will become quicker and GPS will be smoother once the coverage is satisfactory. Users who are constantly moving around will find the day to day use easier as e-mail and access to the cloud will become quicker and as such, less of a drain on time that could be spent doing other things.

Those planning on getting 4G for personal use will also see a big difference depending on what they use their device for. With busy work schedules and social lives more and more people are opting for live streaming television shows and sporting events. As well as downloading music and movies quicker, online gaming will also see an improvement. Furthermore, shopping online, watching television and accessing social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter will become far easier while on the move.

If you have a device that is 4G enabled it will also be backwardly compatible. This can be important as the change to 4G will be gradual throughout the UK and whilst people in London may be receiving 4G by the end of the year, those in more remote parts of the country will be waiting a good bit longer. If you use the internet on the move for work purposes or while going on holiday, it will be some time before everywhere has it.

Generally, if you don’t use mobile internet very much, then you really won’t care about the rollout of 4G; however, if you love accessing web on the go and use it frequently then the speed of 4G as opposed to 3G could make all the difference to you.

Author Bio: Kerry Butter contributes this post on behalf of Broadband Genie, the consumer information site for 4G Broadband.