2 August 2013 by Permi Krishna
4G (fourth generation) is a new network standard for the latest smartphones which offers high speed network applications like mobile internet access, IP telephony* and gaming services.
Superior to the high speed 3G
As a successor to the third generation standards (3G), the best smartphones running on 4G offer network speeds ten times the 3G network. And so best 4G smartphones are very useful for smoother video streaming and playing better response online multiplayer games. Major carriers in the US like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile provide the 4G network for high-end smartphones, along with some other carriers.
The 4G technology makes the smartphones compatible with the majority of the global carriers by ensuring the bridging of the CDMA and GSM gap.
The family of 4G again has different types of carrier-specific technologies being deployed:
Mobile WiMax, HSPA+ and 4G LTE - in the ascending order of their data speeds.
Sprint offers various cellphones with Mobile Wimax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), branding it as 4G, with the access to high speed data rates in comparison to actual high speed 4G offered by the other carriers. Supporting better speeds than the 3G, the best Sprint smartphones offer speeds at 3 to 5 Mbps and also has rolled out to the faster 4G LTE network support recently.
HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) is one of the actual 4G technologies also branded as just 4G, is supported by the carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile with the speeds at 3 to 8 Mbps.
LTE (Long Term Evolution) is currently the most widely deployed 4G technology standard branded as 4G LTE, offers high quality mobile services like enhanced voice quality and worldwide roaming capability. 4G LTE is supported by most of the major carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, offering data speeds between 5 and 12 Mbps.
Browse through our selection of best 4G smartphones available from brands like HTC, Samsung and Motorola, based on various authoritative reviews around the web.
*The 4G system doesn't support the traditional circuit-switched telephone service, but uses a Internet Protocol (IP) based communication called IP telephony.