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?Mobile broadband networks have changed the way we look at technology. Instead of just being able to make phone calls and use text messaging, 2G and 3G allow us to browse the internet at high speeds, send emails, and stream music and video. While 3G is present in a good portion of the world, …

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2G to 3G – What It Means to You

This is a Guest post by Blake Sanders, he is a tech writer at broadband comparison site Broadband Expert. Blake specializes in mobile broadband, smartphones, as well as the latest news and information on internet service providers.

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Note: Photo courtesy of evelynishere via FlickR Creative Commons.

?Mobile broadband networks have changed the way we look at technology. Instead of just being able to make phone calls and use text messaging, 2G and 3G allow us to browse the internet at high speeds, send emails, and stream music and video. While 3G is present in a good portion of the world, Pakistan is currently setup to utilize 2G. This is about to change as internet service providers will be offering 3G in the very near future. The introduction of 3G will bring about many changes, and it is important to understand what the changes will mean to us all.

2G Limitations

The 2G network is limited in many ways. It allows for calling and text messaging, as well as roaming, but not much else. 2G is not useful for searching the web as the data transfer rates are exceedingly slow. The clarity of voice suffers as well when compared to more advanced networks.
3G Advantages
The 3G network offers many advantages over its 2G counterpart. A phone that has 3G can operate at a speed close to that of a cable modem. 3G uses packet switching technology to send data. This allows for greater voice clarity than what is possible with 2G. However, the main advantage of 3G is the almost unlimited access to the internet that it enables internet service providers to grant to their customers. Downloading music, games, apps and video can be done with relative ease on a 3G network. Subscribers can browse the internet and check their email at breakneck speeds never seen before in a mobile device.

3G will bring us into a new age. Corporations will thrive since workers will be able to communicate via email and messaging to one another even when they are not at the office. The increased clarity of voice will ensure that less calls will be dropped and that reception will be clear no matter where the location of the call. The navigational services that 3G smartphones provide will help make traveling to new locations much easier. Users will be more entertained, as they will have access to videos and music at the press of a button.

3G Drawbacks

While there are countless benefits to 3G technology, there are also a couple of drawbacks. It is unlikely that 3G service will be available throughout all of Pakistan very soon. A 3G phone that isn’t in range of a signal essentially becomes a 2G phone. Over time this problem will likely be eradicated but not in the near future. Therefore 3G phones are going to thrive in metropolitan and other populace areas.

Another disadvantage is the increased cost. Internet service providers offer more expensive plans for 3G customers than for 2G, typically requiring a data plan as part of the subscriber’s contract. Casual users, who only use their phone for making calls and text messaging, should probably steer clear of a 3G contract.

2G is becoming a thing of the past. For over a decade it ruled mobile technology but 3G has emerged as the new King. Although there are a few negatives to 3G such as the lack of widespread coverage and increased cost, the benefits far outweigh them. The luxuries of a 3G network will soon be made available for all citizens to enjoy.


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