365 Days of Real Estate & Tech - Day 19 -- 4G versus 3G

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

   According to Wikipedia, "4G stands for the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards. It is a successor to 3G and 2G families of standards". Verizon recently unveil a 4G tablet and phone, which they hope would give them a big edge over their competitors such as AT&T. Imagine if an iPhone 4 can only support 3G with AT&T, and 4G with Verizon, which would the customer get? If the price difference is not too large, consumers might get the 4G.

3G versus 4G

  Understanding Some Terminologies
  In order to understand the value of 3G or 4G, we need to understand some of the terminologies. Computer storage such as hard drives are measured in Bytes, while transferring of data is measured in bits. 8 bits is equal to 1 Btye. Kilo means 1000, while Mega means 1 million and these days files are measured in the MegaBtyes and and speed in Megabits and usually in seconds. 

  How fast is 4G versus 3G?
  Is 4G much faster than 3G? The fastest 3G standard is suppose to be 56 Megabits per second (Mb/Sec). The minimum 4G standard is 100Mb/sec (about 2x faster) to a maximum 1 Gigabits/Sec (about 20x faster). Imagaine the cell phone or tablets browsing websites or downloading files 20 times faster. That is fast!

3G versus 4G

  When is 4G arriving?
  4G is starting to gain momentum by carriers such as Verizon and then AT&T and T-Mobile and every week there seem to be new devices supporting 4G. I would predict that by the end of 2012, 4G would be very common on all phones and tablets.

   Technological Use of 4G?
   I am excited about 4G and what it means to us in using technology in real estate. Imagine able to quickly search for listings on your smart phones or netbooks.  It would be easy and quick to download pictures and route maps to preview homes.

    If rumors are true of a new iPad coming this spring, I am hoping that it would support 4G. I am saving my money for a new phone with 4G support. Are you listening to this Apple (iPhone) or RIM (Black Berry)?

Comments (3)

Kathy Denworth
Century 21 Schwartz Realty - Islamorada, FL
Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo

Song, you have reaffirmed my belief in keeping my dollars in my pocket for now. I have an Iphone 3Gs. I know that I don't load websites as fast as I would like, but am still holding out for the next generation before parting with any more money.

Jan 06, 2011 07:50 PM
Kimberly A Norgard
Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate - East Hampton, NY

Wow.  I had no idea there was such a performance difference.  I thought it was all hype.  Thank you for your post. I hope Apple remains competitive and goes 4G.

Jan 06, 2011 10:59 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Technology is moving so fast that one day it will not make sense to invest on developing more 

Jan 06, 2011 11:30 PM