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Technology is constantly changing it seems like everyday a new productcomes out Cell phones and technologies that go with them are noexception to this 4G is perhaps the biggest change in the technologyin cellphones since well 3G So what is 4G The InternationalTelecommunications Union or ITU the agency within the United Nationsan international standards body that officially designates wirelesstechnologies such as 1G 2G 3G and now 4G According to ITU themain requirement is that 4G technology needs to support download speedsof 100Mbps Mega bytes per second However what cellphone carrierssuch as Att Verzion Sprint and T-Mobile are calling their 4Gactually does not actually meet the ITUs strict definition of 4G Thecurrent technologies that carriers call 4G are Long Term Evolution orLTE the type of 4G that Verzion wireless uses WiMax the type of 4Gthat Sprint uses and Evolved High-Speed Packet Access or HSPA thetype of 4G that Att and T-Mobile use are not true 4G technologies These technologies do not support true 4G speeds of 100 Mbps insteadthese technologies only reach speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps only a fraction oftrue 4G speeds Although what carriers call 4G is not true 4G it isstill a step above the previous generation of cell phone technology of3G or 3rd generation 3Gs speeds only topped out at only around 2Mbps Basically what the carriers are calling their 4G is by thedefinition of ITU fake 4G To quote Tom Merritt a technologyjournalist and host of Tech News Today a podcast carriers have turned4G into a marketing term However this has not stopped 4G frombecoming very popular among uninformed consumersWith anything thing new especially technology it has a way ofbecoming popular among consumers 4G is no exception and has becomevery popular among consumers who want a fast smartphone 4G has becomepopular for several reasons First it is a brand new technology Second 4G is
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