With 4G now being available across much of the US, users of tablets, phones and other enabled portable devices have more freedom than ever to use the internet on the move. With speeds that claim to be up to ten times faster than that available through a 3G connection, everything to do with the net is becoming easier, smoother and altogether quicker and more achievable.
Whether you’re looking to download movies quickly, live stream the latest sports event, or send files, you can look forward to doing it a lot quicker than ever before. Social networking will be more enjoyable, as you don’t have to wait anywhere near as long to load pages, and apps will work more effectively than ever before.
Another area that will benefit greatly from 4G is the world of gaming. Online gaming is already a huge market with games such as World of Warcraft having somewhere in the region of ten million subscribers. However, to play these games on the move you have to rely on 3G and there are many conflicting reports when it comes to playing WoW from gamers complaining of latency issues. Some find it acceptable, whilst others say it can be problematic.
Another one is Call of Duty online, or COD to gamers. Whilst 3G seems to be just about sufficient, it can’t compete with a good old fashioned broadband connection. As a gamer, there’s nothing more frustrating than latency issues. You know how to play the game, you’re very good at it, yet despite your skill levels problems beyond your control cause you to get booted out of games or killed while playing COD.
This is where 4G makes all the difference. Users are already comparing 4G gaming to that of a broadband connection and as such, even those who haven’t got a broadband connection can get involved with the top online games.
Whilst 4G still hasn’t lived up to its 100 Mbps expectations, it’s still faster for many users than a broadband connection, even from the best broadband providers. This has the added advantage to those who live in rural areas and struggle to get a fast enough connection when playing online games via their PS3 or Xbox 360. Adopting 4G isn’t just for those on the move with tablets and hand held consoles; console gamers can also benefit from a 4G connection as 4G is now a faster connection in some parts of the country than a standard broadband connection.
This isn’t an issue for everyone. If you have superfast broadband and you play online at home, there will be no need for a 4G connection. With 4G speeds from the largest four providers ranging from 6.9 to 14.8 Mbps (according to Verizon’s website), it still doesn’t compare to the superfast broadband connection that some are getting.
However, the world of 4g is progressing very quickly, and if it continues to do so then there’s a good chance that it will be competing with the best broadband before you know it. Whatever the case, with mobile and tablet devices improving all the time, gaming on the move is improving all the time.
Author Bio: Kerry Butters contributes this article on behalf of Broadband Genie, the broadband consumer advice site.