If you're new to the world of mobile data, you may wonder what those letter and numbers mean on your phone's notification bar... Just what are GPRS, E, 3G, H, H+, LTE, and 4G
So now you know!
You missed out 3·5. That 3network uses 📯 nearly as Fast as the 4g. EE give an charge double
3 still uses HSPA+ (H+), they're just using the full capabilities the technology can offer unlike other networks, who seems to limit it to slower speeds.
Also your information about 3 4G is out of date, they rolled out 4G last year Decemeber .
@dieingeveryday wrote: " Three is not launching its 4G services until the end of this year - but hopes to catch up by promising that its customers won't pay a premium for the product."
Three 3G fastest I've experienced in link (typically 10-20Mbps)
Three's 4G from last week -
Here's a recent real world assessment of 4G and 3G data performance on different networks -
Three's DC-HSDPA still only shows as "3G" on an Apple iPhone.
Some background on DC-HSDPA widely used by Three compared to HSPA+. DC-HSDPA isn't unique to Three but it's coverage is higher than most other UK networks.
"Ultrafast is driven by the very latest form of 3G technology called Dual Carrier - High Speed Downlink Packet Access ( DC-HSDPA ) - the important point is that it is "Dual Channel" and offers much greater mobile data carrying capacity. Most 3G networks in the UK are developed using High Speed Packet Access+ ( HSPA+ ) and, in theoretical tests HSPA+ is nearly 50% slower than DC-HSDPA."
That's a handy guide - thanks for posting it (I can never remember the right sequence of letters for HSPA!)
Having had experience of Three's data speeds, I have often thought "What's the point in having 4G?", and when comparing the network speeds in @harrymcspider 's Broadbandgenie post I can see that Three really excels in this area.