What is the difference between 3G & 4G?

Find out the difference between 3G and 4G and how you can use them


What is 3G and 4G?

Both 3G and 4G are network types that are used by mobile phones to connect to the internet.

3G stands for: Third Generation.

4G stands for: Fourth Generation. On some mobile devices it is shown as: LTE, or 'Long-Term Evolution', but the connection is exactly the same.

What's the difference between 3G and 4G?

The main difference is speed.

3G speeds offer a maximum of 25mbps but in practice, speeds are generally near 10mbps and sometimes lower depending on coverage in the area. 3G speeds are also dependent on your phone model.

4G speeds offer a maximum of 100mbps in optimum conditions. On 4G, web pages load quicker, images load quicker, you can download content within seconds and streaming video and music is free of buffering.

4G speeds are generally near 20 to 50mbps with speeds dropping under 20mbps in lower coverage areas. Speeds will vary on a 4G connection depending on your phone model and 4G coverage available.

Remember: most mobile devices are set to automatically connect to 4G whenever it is available, so you don't need to do anything to get it.