This is a blog to help consumers understand the 4G technology, There is some confusion about the over all what is 4G. So before we get started here is a fun short video that if nothing else, will make you smile. I will explain this in a general, easy to understand way. That I hope will explain the question. What is 4G
We will cover the things that matter for the consumer, and some of the concepts of 4G, and not the technical stuff. If you asked a technician, or like in the video a 7 year old, they would say speed of the data, faster downloads. I don't want to say this 4G thing is just about speed. It's about development where Internet is concerned also. Applications, mobility, voice, video,security. And many things that have not been developed yet.
4G is an open, global way to communicate through any means possible, whether video call, a phone call through chat,video messaging, audio massages, live or recorded.
It is meant to take out the proprietary component to our communications, to open the door to development of all aspects of wireless, any and all applications that we wish to run on our devices. Also the faster the speeds, the better the applications.
Where to begin. 4G is a technology that is evolving as I am writing this post. And are we their yet.? I would have to say no.
There is what is called the back end, which is the technical, and or the infrastructure side, towers, service providers, carriers, and broadband equipment. And their is what we will call the front end, this is the user side, devices, modems, dongles, handsets, the consumer or user is the front end.
The back end is still building this infrastructure, and will not be complete for? Maybe two years. But the only true 4G providers today are Clear using a technology called "Wimax" and Verizon is using "LTE" as their 4G technology.
Both are covering about a third of the US currently. And these two brands were built to be 4G in their concept.
Prior to 4G, was 3G, We will call these minute monopoly's, that built their business one minute at a time. These 3G carriers are trying to keep a grip on their minutes, but 4G is causing them problems.
These 3G carriers have two services they offer, one is voice, the other is data. You currently can not get just data on a mobile device with out the carrier making you take voice also. This is why we are calling these operators minute monopoly's.
Their is currently no handset device here in the US that is 4G only, Why is this you asked. How many of you reading this post are paying between 80,00 and 100,00 plus a month for one of these plans.?
Clear was building such a device, but have abandoned it just recently. I will try to not get in to the politics of why this has happened. I will say this though. That device would have changed the wireless phone business like no other device before it.
One of the reasons is the price of data only networks like Clear, that mobile broadband service to that device would have only cost about 30,00 a month, with no data caps.
And that would be a major problem for the 3G networks, as they like minutes. Their is a component here that is holding back 4G, or crushing it's path forward.
We no longer need voice networks. Clear would have clearly demoralized these voice / data networks with this 4G device.
It would have been like when the FCC back in the 80's deregulated the phone company's, only on a larger scale.
The 3G companies are still trying to find a way to extract voice from 4G to keep consumers paying 100,00 a month.
4G is called a disruptive technology, and the voice carriers now know what this means, I'm explaining it to the consumer so they will have a better understanding of this tomorrow technology.
When mobile phones became a part of all of our lives, it brought free long distant communication to us, that was one of the way's that deregulation has helped us, thank the FCC for that. 4G is threatening to bring us free voice, on a global scale, no more minutes, one price, a connection to the Internet, or broadband charge only.
I don't have to tell you what putting the Internet in your pocket can do. Just take the voice out of the picture.
You no longer need the voice carriers, with 4G you have many options, This is how tomorrow should look for us all.
4G is communicating through data only networks. Some of these services are Google Voice, Skype, Oovoo, MSN,GMail,
and that list goes on for a mile. I will make a prediction that facebook will soon integrate a voice and video service to their platform.
The time is here for this to become mainstream, but their is no such device. Well their is a device but you have to take a voice plan with it at about 80,00 a month. Sprint is currently holding the keys to make this an open to 4G only platform, but it threatens their money maker. So you see we are their, but we are also not. Big money is holding 4G back from being the communication of tomorrow.
And Clear was on a path to do the consumer right. But since sprint is the majority stake holder of the Clear brand, we will probably not be seeing this device any time soon. So their is a device, but sprint owns it, and is not about to let you gain access to their 4G only network, you would drop their voice plan, and save around 50,00 a month, and consumers would be changing over by the millions. And at some point their 3G network would be a pile of equipment not in use.
Do we see how this is working yet. Clear would have made this so competitive, that the voice networks would have to restructure their voice data plans to compete with this new communication platform known s 4G. And that would have meant just one network would loose many 100's of millions in revenue.
I wrote another blog tittled"Google look Here" , an interesting short read about how they Google should move out front and build this 4G device for the clear network. I must brag a little here, this blog was written last week, and is at the top of a google search, with 268,000,000 results. I kno my grammer is at best poor to say the least. But the information is what is real. Here is another really popular blog , Sprint , comcast, Clear, A model for the future
Again 4G is ready
, as well as consumers. The minute monopoly's are not ready to let you have access, or full reign of this new awesome platform known as 4G.
I hope I have cleared up the maze of stuff here. I will be adding more to this blog as news is always developing on this front.
I also welcome your input, or comments.