4G Wireless Network Means fourth-generation of wireless cellular service. 4G is a big step up from 3G and is up to 10 times faster than 3G service. Now all the carriers offer 4G service in most areas of the country, although some rural areas still have only the slower 3G coverage.
4G service is called 4G or 4G LTE, the underlying technology is not the same with every carrier. Some use WiMax technology for their 4G network, while Verizon Wireless uses a technology called Long Term Evolution, or LTE.Sprint says its 4G WiMax network offers download speeds that are ten times faster than a 3G connection, with speeds that top out at 10 megabits per second. Verizon’s LTE network, meanwhile, delivers speeds between 5 Mbps and 12 Mbps.
Why 4G Speed Matters
As smartphones and tablets developed the capability to stream video and music, the need for speed became critically important.Historically, cellular speeds were much slower than those offered by high-speed broadband connections to computers. 4G speed compares favorably with some broadband options and is particularly useful in areas without broadband connections.