What is 3G?

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

  1. Matt-Man-Plus macrumors regular

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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