4G in the UK is just weeks away from landing, but what's the big deal? We reveal the benefits of stepping into the next gen mobile internet realms
It’s official as Everything Everywhere now re-branded as EE announced it will be bringing the next generation mobile internet service to the UK which will be available across the nation for 16 cities including London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham before Christmas time this year.
As EE jumps ahead of the queue to become the first to roll out LTE 4G before the likes of Vodafone and O2, you may be asking the question right now: 'Why should I care about 4G?' If you are sceptical about the benefits of living a post-3G life, here's five reasons why the fourth generation of wireless will make the difference to using tablets and smartphones on the move.
The need for more speed
Now 3G connections are by no means sluggish, but with the promise of speedier mobile data transmissions - theoretically up to 1Gbps you can expect to download videos, high definition movies, pictures, music and other media five times quicker than 3G connections are currently capable of.
Living up in the clouds
You can wave goodbye to the USB stick storing your entire working life, as the introduction of 4G looks set to be good news for those embracing the world of cloud computing. LTE 4G will make it quicker and easier to access data and applications for you and your work colleagues which should make working on a proposal on the way much easier and all without the worry of leaving your USB behind at home.
Gaming in numbers
As the likes of Qualcomm and NVIDIA continue to pack smartphones and tablets with the kind of processing power to easily handle the most graphically demanding mobile games, the addition of 4G should benefit multiplayer gaming where seconds can be the difference between winning and losing.
Lag-free mobile TV and video chat
For those fed up of missing Gary Neville’s astute full time analysis in full flow or suffering a crumbling Skype connection, EE claims that LTE 4G will put an end to buffering when streaming content over a 4G connection and will offer higher quality video calls on the move.
The new iPhone will probably have 4G support
It’s already been rumoured to feature in the next generation Apple smartphone and the timing of the EE announcement could be the biggest indication yet that 4G will be one of the features Tim Cook is likely to reveal on stage.