4G vs 3G

Superfast 4G is five times faster than 3G. This is everything you need to know about how they compare...
4G vs 3G

The benefits of 4G

3G and 4G let you access the internet on your phone using your mobile signal. Until recently, the fastest mobile internet was 3G, or Third Generation. But 4G, or Fourth Generation, is the next step and gives five times faster internet speeds. It’ll even give you a more reliable internet connection.


The average speed of a 4G connection is about five times faster than with 3G. This means anything you’re downloading will take only a fifth of the time to finish. In fact, even the average speed of a Wi-Fi home internet connection isn’t quite as fast 4G.


Superfast 4G gives you the same result on your smartphone, as you would expect when using a computer. That means webpages will load up in a flash - even ones with loads of photos and videos.

Downloading and streaming

With 3G, there always the chance that you will be waiting an uncomfortably long time for that new app to download. So much so, that you might just consider waiting to do it at home with Wi-Fi. With 4G, however, it's a different story. Download on the move, and do it quickly and smoothly.

Video chat

There are two main things that affect the quality of video calls through apps like Skype, Google Hangouts or Viber - those being webcam resolution and internet speed. On 3G, images can be grainy with a bit of lag or voice echo. But not with 4G, which invites you to enjoy video calls anywhere you like.


It’s all about multiplayer - the more, the merrier. Why shouldn’t you play Modern Combat 3 with 12 of your mates while you’re waiting for your flight? 4G gives the speed and, more importantly, the connectivity reliability to make it all possible.

Reliability and reception

If you’re in a poor reception area, 4G will actually improve your mobile internet signal. Of course, it’s not just remote places that will feel the benefit. Those small dead spots will disappear and weak signals will be few and far between, helping you stay connected when you’re moving around.

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