As 4G wireless networks continue their expansion across the country, it has never been a better time to upgrade your smartphone. No longer will slow 3G speeds hamper your mobile experience. In fact, many 4G networks now provide Internet speeds that are equivalent to many cable and DSL services. If wireless carriers would bring back unlimited data plans, they could really begin to rival wired Internet providers.
Perform a quick HTML5 speed test on your 3G smartphone. Your results are probably in the range of 1 to 3 Mbps, depending on your carrier, current network traffic, and other local considerations. Sure, that speed beats dial-up, but you aren’t going to be able to enjoy high quality video-streaming services. Music streaming is arguably the only rich media streaming that works seamlessly on a 3G device.
Additionally, any app or other file downloads will also be significantly slower when compared to downloads on a 4G LTE network. Typical 4G speeds can range close to 10 Mbps, and in some cases significantly exceed them. A quick speed test of Verizon Wireless’s 4G network in northern Kentucky reveals a speed of 16.88 Mbps — easily equal to most area cable and DSL speeds, depending on the service level.
Cheap 4G Smartphones Are Plentiful
In the highly competitive wireless carrier market, there are a plethora of high-end 4G smartphones available on a two-year contract for either free or a nominal fee. Devices from Samsung, Apple, and LG provide a host of features that take advantage of faster Internet connections, including video streaming and other rich media services.
Now is a good time to upgrade your smartphone to take full advantage of the growing 4G LTE network availability. Don’t let slow 3G speeds limit you to a substandard mobile Internet experience. Research the different carriers and their current 4G smartphones and take advantage of the best possible deal.
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