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What is the difference between 3G versus LTE 4G signal boosters?

Posted by on Feb 05, 2015

The Age of the Cell Phone.

Cellular phones have come a long way over the last few decades. Whereas the car phones and mobiles of yesteryear were just about as stylish and compact as a brick, today's handsets are tiny, bendable and borderline holographic. The cellular phone is arguably the best thing since sliced bread, and the fact that 91% of the global population owns a mobile phone and keeps it within arm's reach speaks volumes.1

These devices that allow us to communicate, read when and what we like, draw our own blood for medical purposes, monitor our fitness, calculate and send our glucose level records to our doctor in real-time, look up our ancestry, bid, shop, book a table, learn Chinese, and just about anything else we put our minds to. It's only a matter of time before they literally do everything for us (except maybe cook), and all this in a gadget no larger than a hand, lighter than a bar of chocolate and cheaper than some ballpoint pens.

Yet even now, when phones are so sleek, crafty and tiny that it can take a lady ages to find hers in her purse, and a trained thief could go out of business for not changing his specs once every few months; even now, phone calls and data transfers are anything but perfect.

The 3G vs. 4G Conundrum.

As you may have noticed, any weBoost signal booster states either 3G or 4G in its name. Now hold that thought for a minute. Although phones have developed to such an extent, battery life, call quality, and signal strength have not. If anything, today's mobile phone user would have to disable a few essential features, like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, push notifications, alarms, etc. just to enjoy the battery life a phone would have had 10 years ago. Similarly, trying to make a phone call when call traffic is massive, like on a Super Bowl night, New Year's Eve, or just about every other weekend, is a lost cause.

That's because 3G handles talk, text, and basic internet data for nearly all of North American cellular networks. The third generation of telecommunications technology, or 3G, is a set of standards that applies not only to mobile calls, but to mobile and fixed wireless Internet access, as well as mobile TV, video calls, and mobile laptop modem access. On top of all this, 4G is the set of standards behind smartphones and wireless modems, HD mobile TVs, 3D television, video conferencing, IP telephony, certain open gaming services and cloud computing. The 3G service was developed over 15 years and it was allocated the 400 MHz to 3 GHz spectrum. With 4G, they got the ball rolling in 2007 and the LTE release was made public in 2009. Together, 3G and 4G networks facilitate mobile subscriptions for over 287 million subscriptions in the USA out of a total of 345, or over 83%. 2

To make a very long story short, 4G is all that and a bag of chips. It can do everything 3G can, plus provide high-speed internet. When data-heavy transfers, powerful browsers, weighty streaming services the likes of YouTube, Spotify and Netflix, bookmarking apps like Pandora, social platforms, such as Facebook, and satellite data imagery apps like Google Maps etc. require considerable bandwidth, that's when 4G LTE kicks in. It offers data transfer speeds that can smooth out app use, prevent crashes, speed up messaging and help data backups run without a glitch. It's far superior to 3G in the speed department, but it's not without its flaws.

Boosters to the Rescue.

You have your 3G/4G phone, you have your 3G/4G network and you also have a dead-line. What's wrong with this picture? It's great that you've splashed out on a flashy, well-app-endowed phone, and that you've organized your files, tweaked them and numbered them for a seamless, smooth transfer, but have you made sure that you network connection is all it can be? If not, what you have there is like starting a fire in the middle of the forest and then taking each one of the marshmallows you've lined up for roasting, one by one, and roasting them with your lighter, in your tent, by the campfire. What if you also had to roast them all and eat them by the time the bear catches a whiff of them?

Imagine if you had a great, long stick that you could poke your marshmallows with to roast them in the campfire. Well, if the campfire is the 3G/4G network, the marshmallow is your document, the bear is your boss, and the stick is your network booster, it suddenly becomes clear what a 3G/4G booster can do for you and/or your company. It can speed up and smooth out your data transfers and phone calls, and save you a pretty penny in the process.

In a nutshell, 3G (dual band) signal boosters can and will amplify talk, text and some of the basic internet data transfers. People and companies that need to jack up their talk and text services, eradicate dropped calls and be free from having their messages stuck in cyberspace usually go with a 3G booster, which offers all the basic features of a 4G amplifier, but at a fraction of the cost.

On the other hand, 4G (5-band) signal boosters are able to not only amplify talk & text, but deliver high-speed, crisp, clear, valuable data effortlessly. When a 3G booster just won't do and money is no object (well, it is, let's not kid ourselves, just not that big of an object), a 4G booster is the solution.

Luckily, boosters and phones are interchangeable when it comes to network connectivity, so you don't need to take that 3G vs LTE debate too far. In other words, when you have a 4G LTE phone, but don't want to splash out on a 4G booster because all you really need is a steady, concrete connection for continuous and clear calls, a 3G booster will do the trick. On the other hand, should you be looking for better talk and text performance with only a 3G phone to carry out your data transfers, a 4G booster will work splendidly, as well. Besides, the booster will be there for many years to come, so that when you decide to upgrade to a 4G enabled phone, the transition will be seamless.


1. Forbes, 2013.

2. Mobiforge, 2014.

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