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What to consider when buying 4G service or device

What is 4G? 4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone technology and follows on from 2G and 3G. 2G technology was suitable for making calls and sending text messages while 3G makes it possible to access the internet more effectively through your mobile phone.

 What to expect from 4G? 4G services should make it much quicker to surf the web on your mobile, tablets and laptops - speeds will be nearer to what you currently experience with home broadband. Because of this, 4G is ideally suited for services which demand more capacity like video streaming, mapping and social networking sites. For the typical user, download speeds of initial 4G networks could be around 5-7 times those for existing 3G networks. This means a music album taking 20 minutes to download on a 3G phone and just over 3 minutes on 4G. This is based on existing 3G speeds being 1Mbit/s on average and 4G speed being 6Mbit/s (average of 5 and 7 times faster).

 What to consider when buying 4G service. The strength of a signal varies depending on where you live and which provider you choose. Decide what works for you by comparing the providers and their services. Various companies providing 4G service in Ghana include MTN 4G, Surfline 4G LTE, BusyInternet 4G, etc.

 Compare the providers based on the following 

  • Coverage in Ghana
  • Download Speed 
  • Amount of Data
  • Price of Data

 What to consider when buying a 4G phone (or device) 4G mobile phones are built to work on specific types of frequencies. Much like some cars are built to run on different types of fuels, if you try and put diesel into a car that’s designed for petrol, it won’t work. Equally, a 4G phone will only work on frequencies it was designed to use. Mobile operators may use different frequencies to deliver 4G services. If your provider does not already offer 4G; but you are thinking of buying a new handset in preparation , it is slightly more complicated than simply choosing a ‘4G ready’ phone. This is because the phone might not be compatible with the frequencies that your provider will end up using to deliver 4G.

 See research of speed here http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/phone/mobile-phones/4G/4G-3G-mobile-broadband-speeds-research/Reference: consumers.ofcom