Cell Phone Technologies

Many new phones being offered in the marketplace today are being advertised as being “3G”. The average mobile phone consumer knows what 3G is or at least why it’s important to them. To be better informed let’s look into what this technology is.

1G

The technology categorized as 1G was in place up until the early 1990′s. These first real cell phones were considered to be 1G (First Generation). The networks for these early cell phones used analog signals only. The phones used on the networks were big and clunky commonly referred to as bricks, with no abilities aside from very simple phone calls.

2G

In the early 1990’s 1G was then replaced by the 2G technology & features. With 2G came the break away from the analog signals and a move toward digital. 2G brought with it the introduction to providing multimedia content and increased bandwidth. A lot of these technologies classified as 2G are still being used in cell phones today.

2.5G

Before 3G technologies came out there was 2.5G. Primarily used as a marketing ploy, 2.5G is not officially recognized as technology; but it can be used to refer to the “in between” stage of moving away from 2G and moving completely into the 3G realm. 2.5G uses the existing 2G infrastructure while enabling some of the benefits of the 3G technologies, including increased multimedia abilities and improved data transfer speeds.

3G

3G stands for Third Generation and it refers to the third generation of technology in for the mobile industry.
Today’s technologies that now qualify as 3G include increased functionality of prepaid & mobile phones. With increased speeds and bandwidth being the biggest appealing factors. Multimedia functions on the networks also improved, by leaps and bounds, with the move to 3G technology.

4G

The technical definition of 4G has many ups and downs but here’s what it means to the phone user: higher speed internet access on the move with your cell phone.
The switch to 4G has already started and as cell phone operators migrate from 3G to 4G data bandwidth will increase to such an extent you’ll be able to download a full length DVD in a few seconds.
The new 4G mobile phone networks will offer much higher capacity and faster speeds than the current 3G mobile phone network. Data bandwidth will increase 10x the speed of the current 3G network.