The Benefits of 4G LTE

By Paulina Smith††

Although 4G has been around for some time now, many people have been content to stick with their 3G devices or even their old basic phones, figuring that they can take a look at a 4G option once their current contract runs out.

But in delaying a move to 4G, phone and tablet customers are missing out on some of the best features of the mobile age. Here are just a few of the benefits you get from owning a 4G LTE device:

Download times up to 10 times faster than 3G
Letís face it, there is nothing more annoying than having to wait while a picture uploads, a web page refreshes, or that YouTube video starts buffering just as you get to the funny part. With 4G these problems are just a distant memory. 4G LTE smartphones and tablets can download videos, documents, or songs in mere seconds, and live streaming of full-length movies becomes a delight instead of a delay.

Welcome to video chat
There was a time when video chat was only possible over a Wi-Fi network but all that has changed with the arrival of 4G. Now 4G LTE smartphone and tablet customers can make or receive a video call from anywhere there is 4G coverage. Most 4G smartphones incorporate front-facing cameras specifically to accommodate video chat, and apps like Skype for Verizon, Google Hangouts, and ooVoo are all designed to optimize the mobile chat experience.

Getting down to business
4G smartphones and tablets open up a whole new world of opportunity for work and the mobile office. Apart from video conferencing, mobile cloud services offer the possibility of real-time file-sharing and editing, instant upload and download of those important documents and presentations, and a new wave of augmented reality apps for everything from architectural design to healthcare services.

Multiplayer gaming
Sure, virtually any phone can deliver a satisfying game of Angry Birds or Crazy Taxi, but up until now itís been impossible for smartphones and tablets to emulate the response times and multiplayer experience of dedicated gaming consoles or handhelds. That has all changed with the arrival of 4G. Now, devices like the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung and apps like Android Beam allow a level of mobile gameplay and sharing that was unimaginable just a few short months ago.

Network sharing
And the best thing about a 4G network? You can share the experience! The Mobile Hotspot feature on most 4G smartphones means that you can share your phoneís 4G Internet connection with your PC or any other Wi-Fi enabled device. Thatís super-fast connectivity for all your devices from just one 4G account.

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