“You’ve seen the 4G advertisements from T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, bragging about a much-better wireless network with blazing fast speeds,” David Goldman reports for CNNMoney. “Here’s the secret the carriers don’t advertise: 4G is a myth. Like the unicorn, it hasn’t been spotted anywhere in the wild just yet — and won’t be any time in the near future.”
“The International Telecommunication Union, the global wireless standards-setting organization, determined last month that 4G is defined as a network capable of download speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps). That’s fast enough to download an average high-definition movie in about three minutes,” Goldman reports. “None of the new networks the carriers are rolling out meet that standard.”
“Sprint was the first to launch a network called 4G, going live with it earlier this year. Then, T-Mobile launched its 4G network, claiming to be ‘America’s largest 4G network.’ Verizon plans to launch its 4G network by the end of the year, which it claims will be the nation’s largest and the fastest. AT&T is expected to unveil its 4G network next year,” Goldman reports. “Those networks have theoretical speeds of a fifth to a half that of the official 4G standard. The actual speeds the carriers say they’ll achieve are just a tenth of ‘real’ 4G.”
“So why are the carriers calling these networks 4G?” Goldman asks. “It’s mostly a matter of PR…”
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MacDailyNews Take: It is unwise to play leapfrog with a unicorn.
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