What does the “G” represent in 3G and 4G?

If you are a mobile web user of the cellular phone systems, you may have heard the terms, 3G and 4G. I recently had someone ask me, “What does the “G” stand for?”.  Ironically, the answer to that question fell right into my lap while working on my blog.

Below is a clip from a PC Magazine Article, “What is 4G, And Do I Need It?” , that answers the “G” questions for us.

A “G” is a generation of wireless technology. Each generation offers significantly faster Internet access than the previous generation, but it’s incompatible with the previous generation—you have to upgrade your phone to use it, and carriers usually have to install new hardware.

The first G was the old analog cellular systems. 2G systems are digital, but slow. Many phones still use 2G. Internet speeds on 2G phones range from 9.6 Kbits/s to about 200 Kbps. 3G systems run from about 384 Kbps to—well, we’ll get to that.

4G systems such as LTE and WiMAX claim to have real-life speeds of 5 Mbits/s or greater, much like a home cable connection. The most recent versions of these technologies promise speeds in the hundreds of Mbits/s, faster than any home Internet connection available right now. 4G systems are also “all-IP.” Down the road, they’ll be able to replace the old circuit-switched voice phone calling with voice-over-IP systems. [SOURCE: PC MAGAZINE]

2/26/2012 – Also see another article on this same topic: What Is All This 2G, 3G and 4G Talk?

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8 Responses to What does the “G” represent in 3G and 4G?

  1. pochp says:

    The funny image misleads and suggests Gravitational force right? lol

    • Ramblinrick says:

      Pochp,

      Pretty neat image… I got a good laugh out of it myself.

      Rick

    • Charles King says:

      No, not gravitational forces but wind ripple. The wind is rushing past so fast that it distorts the flesh and forces its way down the windpipe. It would actually be quite uncomfortable or dangerous without protection from goggles and at least a fabric strainer over the mouth since insects would smash into eyes or be forced into nostrils or even lungs.

  2. g says:

    You mean it isn’t all about me? lol

  3. Ramblinrick says:

    G,

    As soon as I saw your name in the comments, I said to myself, “this will be good”! And, it was… I am still chuckling over that one “G”….

    Rick

  4. Ergo says:

    Some additional info: ”The technological revolution presents us with mind-blowing inventions everyday. One of the not so new, but unfortunately unknown for many, technology is based on 3G or 3rd generation mobile telecommunications. Thanks to the 3G capabilities, you can work from places thousands miles away from your office or home. Our team is taking advantage of this great fully mobile telecommunication fantasy since 2010, and most of us have worked from bizarre places, such as a remote mountain village, on the beach 3 meters from the sea, a forest, next to the river while fishing…” You can read the full article @ http://ergohelper.asia/?p=57

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