RIM’s BlackBerry has got one thing on the Apple iPhone: 4G. How do 4G-enabled BlackBerrys stack up vs. competing 4G Android and Windows smartphones?
4G promises speed, speed, speed, but you need a solid 4G device and network access in order to reap the benefits. Each of the four national carriers in the U.S. (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) have some form of 4G in place, utilizing three different technologies (HSPA+, LTE and WiMax) among them. There is already an array of devices, including smartphones, wireless cards, tablets and netbooks, that can take advantage of 4G’s faster speeds and new features. All of these devices are also 3G compatible, since 4G network coverage is still spotty. I’ve talked about where you can get 4G; here’s how to get 4G.
Just when 3G networks became ubiquitous, 4G arrived on the scene, promising lightning speed, and adding yet another layer of complication to the cell phone buying process. Each of the four major U.S. carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — have some form of 4G plan in place, all very different.