Good tests could be for example coming Olympics Game (for areas covered by) and next winter season; they have faced several outages during past two years on fixed network due to strong weather condition, maybe 4G - as broadband- could act as connections' recovery
However, typically when a new technology is introduced, it costs more than the existing alternatives.
@cryptoman, I totally agree with you. I think the service providers would like to getback the revenues from 3G services because they would have made huge investment for building 3G infrastructure. Hence they would be price the 4G more than 3G so that users prefer 3G over 4G.
Cryptoman, i do not expect 4G to cost less than 3G due to inherent higher cost of a new technology. But i am skeptical about the price of 3G to go down. I do not know what are the basic benefits of 4G over 3G but i know that 3G is way better than 2G. So, even if 2G is at half the price of 3G even then i will not use 2G. As i use broadband quite ofter so i can compare the 3G to it and am satisfied. Don't know whether i will be spoil with 4G.
Price can make a difference. However, typically when a new technology is introduced, it costs more than the existing alternatives. Do you think there is a possibility that the 4G services will cost less than the 3G ones?
If 4G remains more expensive than the 3G services, this will only boost the 3G sales, unless 4G truly has something exquisite to offer. Once 4G spreads more, the 3G service costs will automatically go down as many operators will still want to make huge amounts of money from their existing 3G networks. This simple reactive reflex will make life difficult for 4G obviously.
Also, if 4G devices are superior than 3G devices in terms of battery life, feature set and usability etc. that could also encourage consumers to get on the 4G bandwagon. I am not sure if this strategy can be successful over a long term as great devices that support 3G as well will also be coming out.
Hi, have you used the 4G services. What’s the peculiarity, when compare with 3/3.5G offerings and how is the data transfer speed. Other than data transfer and Video calls, any particular application supports are available for 4G.
I think the key reason for reservations against 4G in Europe is the lack of applications that truly show the benefits of the technology. The type of applications for 4G should clearly demonstrate the added value 4G will bring to its users. 3G networks are already addressing most of users' needs at an acceptable cost. What 4G will add on top of that is the real question here.
I also think that 4G has not been marketed and promoted as aggresively as 3G was. 3G was a true milestone compared to GSM/GPRS. Will 4G be able to make a similar transformation in mobile networking? I am not too clear on that to be perfectly honest with you. Would I be willing to pay more for 4G services compared to that of 3G? Probably not...
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