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    3g or 4g phone?

    I read somewhere that 3g phones will be useless soon and that everyone should get 4g phones instead.Is it true?

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    Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, like a lot of what occurs on the internet. Here's Verizon Wireless' take on it (and this has been out here on HoFo since breaking back last year):

    http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...021/2012-10-10

    You certainly can't hurry millions of people along onto other networks. Even in the GSM realm, AT&T's and T-Mobile's HSPA+ networks are intended to be around for quite a while (there's a good diagram somewhere on HoFo in the T-Mobile section about their eventual amount of residual HSPA+ load ability). Yes, the newest networks (LTE) are the most efficient, but they're far from being completed (VZW is the furthest along).

    The thing that will be most likely evident is on the GSM networks with their old 2G coverage. The frequency bands that that service uses are being repurposed ("refarmed") to accommodate the newer networks, so that is already happening, especially with regard to AT&T. There are places where older AT&T dumb phones won't work anymore, and the simple phones they sell for the GoPhone line are 3G only. So that's the most immediate change.

    But LTE-only is years away, and even that isn't going to stay as it exists now. Companies that offer LTE today only use it for your data, while keeping voice traffic on the 3G/4G side, and that's what the compatible handsets are capable of. Eventually this will evolve into LTE-Advanced, which will be a part of having Voice over LTE (VoLTE), and this is when the older network tech will become unnecessary, at least for smartphone users. Commercial/industrial machine-to-machine users (M2M), who use cellular connections to link data reporting/using devices (there are many more of these than we may realize), may be given a bit more leeway (as the Fiercewireless article suggests) in how fast they have to changeover, because of how that use in those industries is configured.

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    Thank you !

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    Yeah. It could still be useful but the latest phone now is more reliable and because of the fast change of the technology the people also depends on the new one.

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