3G, 4G? What it means to you
by Crestien
 Chris On Tech
Jul 25, 2011 | 3679 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Verizon Wireless Speed ComparisonLast week Verizon Wireless flipped the switch on for their 4G LTE phone service in 28 new markets around the nation.  Most people around Calhoun County are just getting over the excitement of AT&T finally bringing 3G to our area only now to find out that we're behind again.

What is 4G? Well it depends on who you're asking and when. The most basic of answers is that 4G is the next generation of data speed available for your wireless devices.  The more complicated answer is that AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon all claim to have 4G and they're all talking about something different.  If anyone is telling the truth however, it's Verizon.  LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the most common type of true 4G networks being produced by the big 4 (soon likely to be the big 3 when AT&T buys T-Mobile) and that's what Verizon is rolling out.  HSPA is what the others are claiming is 4G which is really just slightly faster 3G.  So please don't get confused when buying your new phone or Mifi device when they start spouting on about 4G.  We don't have it in Calhoun County and you don't need it right now.  Currently the closest Verizon 4G areas are:

  • Alabama:  Decatur, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery
  • Florida: Ft. Lauderdale, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota-Bradenton, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach
  • Georgia: Athens, Atlanta, Augusta
  • Tennessee: Chattanooga, Clarksville, Cleveland, Knoxville, Nashville
The current Verizon LTE Map is available off of the Verizon LTE page. Verizon is way ahead of the game on 4G coverage just like they have always been with their 3G.

My Advice
If you're going to get a phone in the next year and you don't travel outside of this region very often, don't wait on your favorite phone (i.e. Apple's iPhone) to go 4G, because we're not going to be seeing those speeds around here anytime soon.  If you're going to get a Verizon Mifi, go ahead and get the 4G because it won't cost you any more than the 3G, and you'll have it just in case it's ever available to you.

Chris Williams, Web Developer, WideNet Consulting

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