by Matt Rawlings
Technology is always moving forwards and sometimes it’s just as hard to keep up with it from a consumer point of view as it is to keep moving it on as a developer. The insatiable demand for ‘the next big thing’ from customers has manufacturers and researchers working 25-hour days in the pursuit of perfection and innovation.There have been all kinds of developments in recent years with touchscreen technology becoming the norm, the make-or-break camera quality and the Internet connectivity.
One of the very latest innovations is 4G – or fourth generation connectivity – which enables users to access the Internet and use it far quicker and much more reliably than ever before.
Taking T-Mobile’s 4G phones as an example, carriers and manufacturers have begun building their phones around what users can do online.
With apps increasing in popularity on a minute-by-minute basis, and users demanding that they can access their emails and Facebook accounts wherever they are, it is essential that they can now do so quickly and easily without the dreaded ‘buffering’ or ‘drop outs’.
Like most mobile phone tariffs, the 4G versions offer customers some good deals relating to data usage, and many packages even provide free handsets with the customer only paying the amount agreed in their monthly plan.
Some of these deals are only available online, while the majority are available both on the Internet and in stores, but talking through your data plan with a trained member of staff will help to ensure that you get the right amount for your requirements.
If you use your phone predominantly for business purposes, then you’ll understand that a good Internet connection is key, and this is something that manufacturers have taken into account with the development of 4G.
When you’re trying to communicate with an associate or the office while on a train or out of the country, you don’t want your Internet connection to go down or to take minutes to load everything, and the development of 4G aims to improve speeds of use and downloads.
It is currently being developed, as mentioned, but more and more areas of the world now have access to 4G Internet signals and the early signs are good where the signal is strong.
Just like 3G, the predecessor, the more accessible it is the better it will be and the more areas that pick up the signal, the more user-friendly it will become, making it an essential part of technology as a whole in addition to mobile Internet.
Matt Rawlings is a freelance author and journalist who specialises in
writing about the telecommunications business.