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Cell phone network speeds explained fast and easy

Cellphone network speeds explained fast and easy!!!!!

This will be a guide explaining cellphone network speeds that just about anyone can understand. Most cellphone company's are just refers to thins such as "3G" and"4G" but never explaining what are the real speeds they run at.

Remember that just because they ran at max does not mean you will get that speed all the time. Some providers are better than others but that will be a whole different article. I will order the list from slowest to newest tech.

Dial-up: This is just like when we used to use those good old modems over phone lines to connect to the internet. These are very slow and run at a max of 9.6 kbps(9600 bps)these can be ok for simple text but anything more would be much to slow.

GPRS:(General Packet Radio Service) is still used and popular service that runs at a max of 56KBPS. This is about as fast as those 56k modems we used(or some still use)for so long. This is a huge step up but still very slow and can be a problem for anything more than simple text and small picture files.

EDGE:(Enhanced General Packet RadioService) is where we start to get great data speeds. It is just under3G(explained next) and really allowed a easy and fast net connection.This is heavily used today by AT&T. This is a evolving technology that is currently running at speeds up to 175kbps and is concedered a3G technology although you will here people call it 2.7G.

3G(third generation): is allows people a clearer way to talk over cellphone network as well as be able to talk and look over the net at the same time(this can be handy to provide a caller with directions and thing) it provides speeds up to384kbps. It is the most used technology of these and is used all around the world.

UMTS(Universal Mobile TelecomunicationsSystem): is a system much like 3G but it is evolving to fast speeds.You wont really run into this so no real need for explanation. It runs maxed out at 384kbps but is evolving to fast speeds.

4G(Forth Generation): is a new technology that is being used by some networks. It still being worked out but has been said to give speeds up to 40MBPS but most expect it to run at 1000-5000kbps on most networks. Verizon as well as ATT is investing into updating their networks into the future with Verizon having plans to provide service in 20-30 areas by the end of 2013.

Well, I will update this as time goes on to give you the best info. Remember these change very fast and you will needs a phone that takes advantage of new technology that comes along.

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