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Right here. Right now. The world at your fingertips thanks to 4G LTE.
4G LTE is all the rave in this Digital Age with the latest smart phones that are now capable of those high wireless data transfer speeds (some capable of 150 mbps, some 300 mbps, and some even higher!) However, the service providers also have to be set-up or their networks capable of offering comparable blazing fast Internet speeds on smartphones in order for 4G LTE to work and make a difference.
If you're well versed in technical/ wireless lingo, then you're probably nodding your head and wondering when I'm going to get the part where I tell you something that you don't know. Just bear with me momentarily as I work to break down this terminology for those of us who are still scratching our heads at the acronyms. Leave alone 4G, above choices would perform great as a 5G signal booster as well.
Many of you are probably like me in that you have an aversion to "tech speak", you're already wondering what on earth I'm talking about. 4G? LTE? Are those supposed to mean something? Or am I referencing some obscure science fiction reference? Perhaps it is from that latest science fiction movie that just came out? War of the Stars? Was that it?
Okay, maybe that is stretching it. The truth of the matter is that we're all fairly aware that the terms 3G and 4G somehow go along with our cell phone data transfer speed and coverage, but that may be the extent of your understanding of the concept. Besides, why would we need to know? Cell phones are awesome and they save us a ton of time and give us hours of entertainment. What more could we ask for?
I used to be in the same position. I would read all the cell phone advertisements, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and watch the commercials on TV and have no idea what 3G or 4G, or really any of the terminology they use, meant. Yes, I knew that the little service signal bar on my phone had a small "3G" over the top of it, but if you asked me what that meant, I would never have been able to tell you. I just assumed that if it was something I really needed to know about, my sales rep at the cell phone store would have talked to me about it.
Back when I bought my first cell phone in 2002, I had no idea that I would eventually be using it for so much more than mere phone calls. Cell phones were for emergencies only until 7PM when my minutes became unlimited and I could talk at will with my friends and family members wirelessly across great distances. But my interest in wireless technology terms piqued when texting and data streaming became the norm for cell phones. I became much more aware of when my service was less than ideal for texting, checking my emails, or even trying to get directions for where I was going.
The first couple of times my phone struggled to pull a new email or guide me safely to my destination, I assumed it was my fault. Maybe I was holding the phone wrong, or my battery wasn't charged well enough, or maybe I had too many apps open. I shrugged it off and tried to just ignore it. But then it started happening more and more often. Finally it became so difficult to use that I sat down at the computer and took a moment to research the issue.
Imagine my surprise, when I realized that it wasn’t my fault at all!
A 3G network just isn't as capable of handling all that data transfer commands I was throwing at it. With all the rich media on the Web and at most websites, it is now more for texting and calling than other Internet activities including checking emails and streaming videos or music. Then I knew what the problem was, but I still had no solution. What was I supposed to do about this? And what happened if I had a real emergency and didn’t have a reliable cell phone service? Was I just out of luck?
The answer (after a bit of research on my part) came in the form of 4G and its greatly improved speed and signal through the help of LTE. So now we're back to where we started at the beginning of this blog post. What exactly is 4G and LTE? And while we're at it – why and how are they connected?
The simplest answer is that 4G stands for Fourth Generation. According to Wikipedia: "The nomenclature of the generations generally refers to a change in the fundamental nature of the service, non-backwards-compatible transmission technology, higher peak bit rates, new frequency bands, wider channel frequency bandwidth in Hertz, and higher capacity for many simultaneous data transfers." (1)
In addition, LTE stands for "Long Term Evolution" a recent advancement in wireless technology that has the capability to dramatically increase speed and capacity of all mobile networks.
Yes, my head hurts too after reading all of that. Basically 4G means that it is the next level of service provided, and has been improved upon since 3G. Combining 4G with LTE adds an additional boost of wireless transfer meaning that movies will stream more smoothly, there will be fewer hiccups in your cell phone's (or other device's like tablets operating Internet on a mobile network) downloading capabilities, and less overall interference with your reception and signal.
Verizon Wireless goes on to explain some of the benefits of using a 4G service: "Being the fastest network available means download speeds four to five times faster than 3G networks, which rivals some home broadband connections. The real hook, though, is the fact that consumers don't have to be at home to appreciate these speeds. Consumers can access the internet wherever there is coverage with any 4G-enabled device, including smartphones, tablets and mobile hotspots."(2)
And this is all great and good. We all want better service. But in order for LTE to be fully utilized with all 4G networks (which is the network that most smart phones use for optimal data transfer), your service providers have to be set up to handle this type of system. While this seems easy enough, many providers are choosing to put off LTE for most areas and stick with their simpler solution for those large swaths of regions: the HSPA.
Before you sign your next two year contract, double check that your service provider is actually offering LTE in your area and not HSPA. Just because they claim to have a full 4G network that is faster than 3G doesn’t mean that they are an LTE provider. They could actually just be referencing a High Speed Packet Access network (HSPA). While an HSPA network is, in fact, faster than 3G, it is not as fast as LTE and won't give you the same great benefits. Therefore, always double check your contract to ensure that you're actually receiving the benefits of 4G LTE.
But back to what is important: LTE has the capability of being up to ten times faster than your old 3G network. Sounds amazing, right? Think of all the possibilities: You could watch your favorite TV show, no matter where you are. Long bus rides or car rides could be fun and exciting instead of boring as it will be easier to watch a movie, stream your favorite music, or even download and read a book! The days of per minute high cost "Roaming" are long gone too (thank goodness)!
Alas, complications can still arise – even with 4G LTE capabilities.
There are still many problems that can interfere with your signal or disrupt your service and data streaming, which in this day and age, can make all the difference in the world. Being unable to access an email could mean a lost sale or a missed opportunity. And that is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
If you're concerned, consider taking the following precautionary steps to ensure that you're never without coverage and that you will have smooth and uninterrupted data streaming regardless of your location.
• Check with your service provider to see if they offer a 4G & LTE wireless package.
• Double check to make sure that you're not actually getting a HSPA network.
• Take appropriate measures to ensure that your phone always has a decent battery charge level.
• Double check that there's nothing in your area interfering with your signal.
• Take the final step and invest in a high quality and reliable 4G LTE Signal Booster, Repeater, and Amplifier (use the product selector above to find one in a jiffy)
As we all know, even the best of us need help sometimes. That goes double for all of our technological advancements. When it comes to technology, there are times when there is no room for error. Whether it is an important presentation, an emergency phone call, waiting for that special someone to call you back, or a number of other things, we need our cell phones to be there for us through the good times and the bad. Leave alone 4G, above choices would perform great as a 5G LTE signal booster as well, when time comes to upgrade your smart phone.
If you're one of those individuals who wants to take the guesswork or chance out of your cell phone and wants to ensure that your signal is always top notch, investing in a Signal Booster is the smart and rational thing to do.
I am definitely one of those people. I'm constantly worrying that I have missed an important phone call or text or that the email that I've been desperately waiting for, has somehow managed to slip through the cracks in the wireless world of cell phones.
And I have good reason for being paranoid. My last cell phone was possibly the worst phone in the history of cell phones. There was some glitch (to this day I'm still not sure whether it was the fault of my cell phone provider or the phone itself) that caused me to suddenly lose service. No service. Zero bars. I couldn’t receive calls, make calls, send texts, absolutely nothing - I was holding it like I would hold a brick in my hand.
And this would happen without warning. One minute I would receive a text just fine, but then the next time I would look at my phone and it would be as though someone had removed my SIM card or canceled my cell phone service. In order to restore service, I would have to take out my battery, take out my SIM card, then reinsert it all and restart my phone.
This does not seem like a problem until you have got a crisis on your hands, and every single second counts (or you realize that the person you have been trying to reach for days has already tried calling you back and you missed them). My phone gave me countless hours of headaches and stress.
It was this circumstance that led me to become overly cautious when it came to my cell phone signal/ reception. It became necessary for me, and my peace of mind, to purchase not only a new cell phone, but also a signal booster. This way all my bases are covered at all times.
If you're interested in looking into a LTE 4G signal booster, repeater, and amplifier, you can see what options are available to you by clicking away on the tool provided above that helps you find one that you need most. No matter what your situation (small apartment, house, office space, or even on the go in your car), there is an option for you that will work to improve your signal and relieve your cell phone worries.
This was 4G LTE broken down in terms that make sense. With ever rising importance of cell phones and other electronic and smart devices, ensuring that you have a service provider who will never let you down is of utmost importance. With advancements made in wireless technology, we are getting closer and closer to never being without service. 2016 promises to bring us even more advancements and exciting new developments in the world of technology.
1. 4G (2013). https://en.wikipedia.org. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
2. Pica, Tom. What is 4G LTE and Why it Matters. Verizon Wireless (2012). Retrieved January 5, 2016.