4G LTE connectivity for smartphones is now commonplace in the United States. In the UK however, it is a different story with the majority of smartphones still utilising a 3G connection. This looks set to change though, as there is talk of a 4G network to be rolled out across Britain.
Popular UK Networks T-Mobile and Orange are operated by a company called Everything Everywhere, and this has officially got the go ahead to roll out a 4G LTE network. This will mean that users will be able to enjoy considerably faster internet browsing speeds for smartphones, which in most cases will be faster than most broadband connections in homes and workplaces.
CNET recently posted a video demonstrating the Samsung Galaxy S3 using a 4G LTE connection. An app available from the Google Play Store called SpeedTest is utilised, and shows the handset achieving data download speeds of 39.75 MB per second. This nearly doubles the already impressive 21 MB per second that the Samsung Galaxy S3 can produce over a 3G connection. Upload speeds are also impressively fast at 23.95 MB per second which is a huge increase from 5.76 mega bytes per second the achieved over 3G. It is rare for a broadband connection to reach such speeds, which demonstrates how impressive this is when achieved on a smartphone.
The websites for T-Mobile and Orange both state that a switch to 4G is coming soon, although no exact date has been given. Whenever this materialises, it is sure to be warmly received by the masses who will surely appreciate the vastly increased speeds. Although a separate 4G plan will be required, it is likely that this will eventually be incorporated into contracts over the next couple of years.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 makes a perfect showcase for the faster speeds achieved by 4G. Combined with its powerful quad-core processor, large touchscreen and Android operating system, these faster speeds further add to the handset’s credentials as a web browsing device.