Assessing and Comparing 4G Internet Services – Which is the best?
In the United States and a number of other first-world countries, mobile internet is fast becoming a very common feature. With 4G now being a very common feature in nearly every place throughout the U. S., many companies are now investing billions into ads and infrastructure just to attract customers to avail of their services. Choosing the right mobile broadband provider can be quite difficult, especially if you have to wade through the muck of misleading ads and tempting offers what rarely live up to their claims.
Truth be told, there are a standard set of regulations set up by the International Telecommunications Union with regards to the speed of each mobile broadband generation (lit. ‘G’). High mobility and low mobility scenarios all have differing internet speeds, all of which is regulated to meet with the ITU’s standards. As of today, the 4G or 4th Generation mobile broadband protocol is the most advanced (and subsequently faster) mobile broadband measuring up to 1 Gbit per second of stationary application and 100 mbps while on-the-move.
Thus far, there are only three types of mobile broadband providers that cater to the category of ‘high speed internet browsing’ with nary a single one meeting the much-coveted and often-touted benefit of high-speed mobile broadband browsing. If measured exactly, many of the mobile broadband services available today rarely meet the 4G standard, but are nevertheless commendable for being able to reach and even exceed the common standard of 3G mobile broadband speeds.
Leading Service Providers in the US
The three leading mobile broadband providers are as follows: on the top pf the speed list, Verizon which runs on the highly acclaimed LTE technology that boasts ultra-fast speeds. The competition is swiftly followed by Sprint which runs on WiMax, and the ever-common but so-so AT & T that runs on HSPA+. While Sprint and AT & T find themselves in quite similar playing fields at around 2.15 to 1.83 Mbps of download speeds and uploads that range from between .61 and 1 Mbps, Verizon tops the charts and well deserves its reputation as the leader in 4G mobile broadband speeds today. As far as prices go, the very minimum that you can get from any of the mobile broadband services today is around $50 for 5 gigabytes of limited service, with anything beyond that going to around $110. Anything beyond that estimate is privy to the additional services or bonuses as offered by the companies themselves.
For its relative availability, mobile broadband services aren’t always 100% reliable, although newer innovations are being made to increase their overall range for more consistent speeds. It is believed that by the year 2013 – 2014 the capacity of mobile broadband service range will have increased two to threefold to allow for even more convenient and reliable services that what is currently available. While it is a given that some of the leading companies today will remain and perhaps evolve into better and more influential mobile broadband servicing groups, some other who cannot keep up with the competition will undoubtedly be replaced by more efficient ones in the years to come.
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