Using the internet on your phone should be a speedy, seamless experience. Here are the four top benefits of using Vodacom’s 4G network.
4G stands for fourth generation, in this case of mobile data technology. It’s sometimes called LTE (Long Term Evolution) and, for all but a few who’ve experienced the tests of 5G, it’s the fastest way to access the internet on the go.
You’ve probably noticed the little symbol on your mobile phone – usually it says 4G, 3G or E. What does it mean and why should you care about it?
1. Superior network experience
First, a little background, mobile tech has come a long way in the past 30 years or so. Back in 1991, 2G-enabled phones were introduced to send and receive data, such as text and multimedia messages (MMS). At the time, that was pretty exciting.
You won’t ever see 2G on your phone screen, but you might occasionally see ‘E’. That stands for EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution, if you want to sound incredibly smart). You can access the internet on E but only at a snail’s pace.
Thank goodness, in 1998, 3G was introduced, revolutionising cellular networks and allowing reasonably fast access to the internet. The first smartphones accessed the internet via 3G and we were all amazed at the capabilities. But in 2008, a whole new world opened up when 4G was introduced.
2. Higher speeds and richer content
4G is faster – that’s a fact. And faster speeds mean you can enjoy better content, like videos that don’t take ages to load, hilarious GIFs and the latest music.
It’s 2019 – ain’t nobody got time to buffer.
3. The best coverage in SA
As you travel around South Africa, Vodacom won’t leave you high and dry when it comes to internet connection. Vodacom was the first mobile operator in Africa to extend 4G coverage to more than 80% of the population (up from 75.8% in 2016). All this means there are already over 7.3 million 4G-capable smartphones on Vodacom’s network.
Vodacom has invested heavily in its South African network. Reap the benefits by switching to 4G now!
4. It uses the same amount of data
Don’t be fooled - faster speed doesn’t mean more data. A four-minute YouTube video will use about 30MB of data (depending on quality) no matter whether you are on a 3G or 4G connection.
Want to know how much data you need? Check out our #Datawyze page to find out everything you need to know about data and how to use it wisely.
How to check if 4G is enabled on your phone
You are able to restrict access to 4G on Android and Apple phones - but why would you? Here’s how to make sure you CAN access 4G.
Apple: Go to Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options > Enable 4G
Android: Settings > More Networks > Mobile Networks > Network Mode > Choose the option that includes LTE
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