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3G Signal Goes Byebye In Order to Make Way for 4G LTE

With technology and gadgets improvising, it’s not a shock for mobile signals to improve as well. We now have 2G, 3G and 4G — 4G as the fastest one for now.

There are places wherein all these signals are available but not everywhere.

Vodafone Will Kill Its 3G Signal for LTE

Old wireless tech is dying whether we like it or not. But Vodafone Netherlands is being advanced. They are going to kill their 3G Signal on the year 2020 to make way for their 4G or also known as LTE signal.

Their reason is to boost up the usage of LTE signal in the country. But here’s the catch: they will still retain the 2G signal.

2G signal is meant for texting and calling according to the company’s representatives. Two years from now, internet connectivity will be LTE (4G) or nothing.

This telecommunications company doesn’t stop consumers from buying 2G-phones. But they strongly advice consumers to have second thoughts in buying 3G-phones just like Nokia, (which just upgraded from 2G).

Well, if this happens, it is indeed useless to buy a 3G phone if you mean to use it for internet connectivity.

But then again, this was just confirmed for Vodafone Netherlands. No news yet if their other branches will follow suit. Just tune in for now.


What 4G LTE technology?

Do people really need 4G LTE technology?

According to a survey conducted by Piper Jaffray, 47% of those surveyed said that they don’t need 4G LTE connectivity. He added that 26% believes that 4G LTE networks are the same.

The survey was conducted in the US to find out if Sprint’s 4G LTE technology, which is smaller compared to other telcos, would have a big effect on their iPhone sales.

Senior Analyst Christopher Larsen of Peper Jaffray said, “The answer was a somewhat surprising ‘no’. We thinks this shows that despite all the 4G advertising, consumers aren’t really focused on it. This is good for Sprint as the LTE coverage laggard of the three national iPhone carriers.”

Also, according to the survey, 51% of the respondents said that they did not know who had the largest 4G LTE infrastructure in the country and that they thought the 4G LTE of all networks was actually the same.

But those who answered the question said that they think Verizon has the edge in 4G LTE technology followed by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Larsen added, “While Verizon appears to be the winner here, the fact that most customers don’t have an opinion about the best 4G network is also good news for the remaining carriers.”

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T-Mobile to offer “truly unlimited” 4G data to clientele

T-Mobile is going to go against the tide joining Sprint, as the company announced that they will be offering unlimited data service to their customers.

Unlike AT&T and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile has decided to offer a “truly unlimited” 4G data plan that has “no data caps, speed limits or bill shock.”

You will be charged an extra $20 to your text plan and $30 when bundled together with your voice and text plan. The total bill for an unlimited plan which includes unlimited voice, text and 4G data could cost you as much as $89.99.

This is cheaper compared to AT&T’s 20 GB data plan. The latter charges you $200 per month when you add it to your unlimited text and voice calls. Sprint on the other hand is offering an unlimited data plan with unlimited text and calls for $110.

T-Mobile is hoping that this new unlimited data plan could further boost the number of their subscribers. They are currently lagging behind market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

4G LTE technology is coming to T-Mobile next year so be sure to include this in your decision before you sign up for this service.

This new unlimited 4G data plan will be available to US consumers beginning September 5.

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Verizon’s 4G problems continue

It seems like Verizon still hasn’t fixed their 4G problems. It was reported on this website back on December 7 that the latter’s clients have been experiencing problems with the 4G technology of the network. And it seems that some are still experiencing trouble accessing the technology.

Verizon Wireless is investigating reports that some of their subscribers have been complaining about this problem. This was reported by Reuters. They also added that a company spokesperson have told them that the Verizon had to face service problems with its faster wireless service.

The LA Times also added that Verizon customers around the United States have reported that there is widespread outages of the company’s 4G wireless network and as well as spotty performance of the older 3G service.

According to Verizon Wireless spokesperson Marquett Smith, “the network continues to operate and all customers continue to be able to make calls, send text messages and utilize data services. 3G devices are operating normally.

Verizon Wireless is owned by Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc.

Nationwide outages on Verizon 4G network

Verizon Wireless subscribers all over the U.S. have reported that they are having difficulty in connecting to the carriers 4G network.

Customers have been raving about the problem in Verizon Wireless 4G Forum in several locations across the nation. They’ve been reporting the loss of 4G network access while others complained about losing access to “1X” GPRS and 3G networks.

Verizon said that the network doesn’t have any problems with the 3G technology, voice and other data services but have admitted that they are having difficulty with their 4G LTE network.

Others users doesn’t have a problem with the network, but unfortunately a number of subscribers have been experiencing this type of problem intermittently. Verizon said that the issues have been occurring in a 24 hours span.

Verizon, through Twitter, assured their users, “We’re working to resolve some 4G LTE issues ASAP.”

Photo Credit/Screenshot by Eric Mack, CNET

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