Ever Wonder What The Difference Is Between 3G And 4G Cellular Broadband Data Rates/Plans?

Well, wonder no more.  This is a pretty good approximation of the difference:

Comparison
4G
3G
Average download speeds
3-6 Mbps

600Kbps – 1.4 Mbps

Peak download speeds
up to 10 Mbps

up to 3.1 Mbps

Average upload speeds
.5-1.5 Mbps

350Kbps – 500Kbps

Peak upload speeds
5 Mbps

1.8 Mbps

Basically, 3G is like your average "throttled-down" DSL or Cable internet plan, where 4G is more like the corresponding standard plans.

Providers offering 4G RIGHT NOW in the United States – Sprint Telecom (currently in six metropolitan areas) and Comcast (Comcast High-Speed 2go™).

Verizon says it will start rolling out 4G in 2010.

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