Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th Jul 2011 17:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A recent Retrevo Gadgetology survey suggests that users are unclear on what exactly 4G means, don't know whether their current mobile service is 4G or not, and even if they do know, are unsure of the benefit. It also seems that mobile device owners' loyalty to their chosen platform is more important to them than higher network speeds.
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In an ideal world
by bouhko on Wed 13th Jul 2011 18:21 UTC
bouhko
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2010-06-24

In an ideal world, you would have one 4G subscription and use it with your phone as well as with your laptop and a lot of people could entirely drop their DSL/cable subscription. So in this world, 4G would be useful, because you would just have internet on all your devices with a single provider, single contract, single fee.

Unfortunately, I don't think this is going to happen anytime soon with all the data caps and other traffic inspection trends around.

In the meantime, I don't need 4G for my phone. I use 3G to check my mail and check some websites while in the train, and 3G works great for that. For all the rest, I have my laptop.

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RE: In an ideal world
by Alfman on Wed 13th Jul 2011 19:21 in reply to "In an ideal world"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

bouhko,

"In an ideal world, you would have one 4G subscription and use it with your phone as well as with your laptop and a lot of people could entirely drop their DSL/cable subscription."

It is very difficult to scale radio communications because everyone has to share the same limited spectrum.

Unless there's a femtocell at every house, the cell network simply cannot offer the same level of aggregate bandwidth that we're already using with broadband (whether or not wifi is used at the end).

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RE[2]: In an ideal world
by bouhko on Wed 13th Jul 2011 19:44 in reply to "RE: In an ideal world"
bouhko Member since:
2010-06-24

That's an interesting point I completely overlooked.

I must admit I only have a basic understanding of radio/GSM/other stuff going through the air technologies, do you have pointers to technical articles explaining why the network cannot sustain the same bandwidth ?

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RE: In an ideal world
by phoenix on Wed 13th Jul 2011 20:53 in reply to "In an ideal world"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Rogers in Canada has just such a plan, helpfully called the "Data Share Plan". You pay for a single data plan (top is 6 GB/mth), then register each of your devices with the plan. You can add/remove devices at any time, but have to have at least 1 registered at all times.

Devices include phones, tablets, netbooks with 3G/4G built-in, and USB-based 3G/4G sticks.

There's very little that Rogers does right anymore, but this is one of them.

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