What is the difference between 4G and 4G LTE?

Definition of 4G and 4G LTE

4G is the fourth Generation Mobile Network Technology. 4G will replace 3G in the future, 4G provides a more reliable connection and higher speeds to people. 4G LTE means fourth generation long term evolution. LTE is a kind of 4G that provides fastest connection to mobile Internet experience-10 times faster than 3G. The terms 4G and 4G LTE are often used by people interchangeably, but they are not the same.

4G is a great substitute for 3G, 4G provides a faster speed for users who view website and download data. Fast speed of 4G means reduction buffer, some might say that 4g opened a new era of mobile internet.

When 4G first used in the market, many networks can’t reach 4G speed. However, some operators sale mobiles with 4g service, in fact customers can not enjoy real 4G service unless they are in area where 4g network covered.


Characters of 4G LTE

4G LTE is a kind of 4G technology, which provides the best performance and fastest speed at present. 4G LTE will be your best choice when you use smart phone or tablet PC surf the internet and using a lot of data every month. 4G LTE is 10 times faster than older 3G technology, so when users switch from 3G to 4G LTE, the speed difference is obviously.

 Speed is determined by signal intensity and server load


Challenges in using 4G and 4G LTE

if you are using 3G mobile, then you may need to buy a new smartphone with 4G capabilities. 3G devices simply cannot provide 4G experience. You must also be in the area where 4G networks are available. If you want to use 4G LTE, your mobile device must support it, and you must be in the service zone that provides 4G LTE services.

Another challenge is to choose mobile operator of which can provide 4G or 4G LTE services. Most regions can only provide 4G service, but 4G LTE may not be available.


How to choose 4G or 4G LTE?

You can choose 4G or 4G LTE according to your requirement and preference. If you need the fastest speed, you’d better buy a smartphone which supports 4G LTE. In addition, you need to check out overlay maps of different operators to see which operators can provide 4G LTE service in most areas. It is also a good idea to visit wireless retail stores to test different network speeds, you will find significant differences between 3G 4G and 4G LTE.