Are you looking to purchase a phone that has high connectivity?

Are you trying to upgrade your phone from 3G to 4G OR 4G LTE?

Here is a simple guide on how to know which connectivity is best for you and your device.

4G connectivity means fourth (4TH) generation connectivity, was released in March 2008 by the International Telecommunications Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R). These new standards for 4G connectivity include faster connection speed and mobile hotspots. Most 3G connectivity has been upgraded to 4G speeds and most smartphones are now 4G enabled.

4G unlike 3G, allows users to fully enjoy digital media on their mobile devices, including streaming videos, rich multimedia applications, and high-quality music. You can watch movies in seconds without worrying about long load times and buffering.

4G LTE means 4th Generation Long Term Evolution and is similar to the “S” series of iPhones. It is an improvement over its predecessor but not enough to qualify as a new generation. 4G is like “3G S”. It is a clever workaround that allows cellular networks to advertise 4G speeds, without reaching the maximum standards set by the ITU-R.

4G LTE is better than 3G but it is not 4G. In some instances, your phone may even display 4G LTE-A (Long Term Evolution Advanced), which is even closer to 4G.

The major difference between 4G and 4G LTE is that 4G is faster than 4G LTE. 4G meets its technical standards while 4G LTE is a temporary measure used until 4G is achieved or realized. Can you notice the difference between 4G and 4G LTE? No, you can’t because the download speed is similar.

How to know if your smartphone supports 4G LTE

With 4G mobile networks in mind, it’s easy to know if your smartphone supports the standard. On Android smartphones, go to settings > Network settings > mobile network. It should give you a dropdown menu of mobile standards such as 2G, 3G or LTE (4G). If you don’t see 4G or LTE, then your smartphone doesn’t support the standard. On the iPhone, go to Settings > General > cellular > Enable 4G LTE.

On Windows Phone, go to Settings > Celluar + Sim > Highest connection speed and check if LTE is part of the options.