What’s up with all the G’s and my Mobile Use? Gee-Wiz how many G’s do I need?
There are all kinds of G’s used in the Mobile Data Speed and Use being bantered around…2G, 3G and now 4G. These all refer to speed and the ability to download files at a certain speed. With the popularity of advanced devices, Smartphone’s, mini-computers and now tablets the “need for speed” is a real concern of users of these devices. Let’s break this down.
2G is the “older” speed–great for casual data users, however, speeds that resemble a dial-up connection.
3G is the current most available speed, very similar to a “low end DSL, or low end cable” connection.
4G is just now becoming available. Sprint has the largest coverage currently, up to 10 times the speed of the 3G technology. Streaming video, music, video chat, teleconferencing–the list goes on and on. This speed is what people experience with a “fast” DSL at home or their work connection.
Now we get into the other G…Gigabytes of data transmitted or “used”.
What is a Gigabyte? Again let’s break this down. Data is broken down into units; the smallest unit we most frequently hear is kilobyte. The next unit is megabyte and finally gigabyte.
To explain this lets use a typical email without an attachment (which would be separate). Our example email is 10 kilobytes. A megabyte is 1054 kilobytes and a gigabyte is 1000 megabytes. A megabyte of this size email would equal 105 of these emails. A gigabyte of these emails would equal 105,400 emails. Sound like a lot…HUH!
But let’s remember that’s without any attachments, say a spreadsheet (for example 1 megabyte in size) or a picture (3 megabytes in size), or a 1 minute video (30 megabytes in size). Open these on a mobile device and the data use goes up dramatically.
Streaming music? Downloading movies? Watching TV? These can be data hogs and vary dramatically in size.
Most of the carriers (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T etc.) package data in gigabyte increments: 1 gigabyte up to 5 gigabytes; however, go over that and the $$ add up quick.
Sprint 4G is currently unlimited and a pretty safe bet (if you are in one of their 55 soon to be 60+ coverage areas).
Bottom line…try to figure out just what you want to use mobile data for and if you need some assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.