What is 3G?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Matt-Man-Plus, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Matt-Man-Plus macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2008
    Could someone simply explain what 3G is and what it could mean for the new iphone/ipod touch?
  2. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    google may have answered this for you just fine but it is basically broadband internet in your phone. It's faster.
  3. Satori macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    3G stands for third generation. The most notable difference between 3G and 2/2.5G are the data transfer rates. 3G is the basis of 'mobile broadband'.
  4. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    You're 3G....

    But seriously, it's a faster mobile wireless protocol. Depending on how it's implemented it can be anywhere for marginally quicker than Edge or up to 7.2Mbps as it is in a bunch of places down here.

    Just means away-from-WiFi browsing is much faster with better bandwidth. Good for the iPhone but doesn't mean much for the iPod touch. In Asia and Europe 3G is basically everywhere - most of Asia is 3G only with some 4G networks popping up. Telstra here has a 3.5G network that covers 95% of our population (not bad for a country the size of the US - very low population though so we're really spread out) but because they are in a quasi-monopolistic position amongst the local telcos as a symptom of being formerly government owned, browsing the network is ridiculously expensive.

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