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"4G" stands for fourth generation wireless and is the successor to 3G. When using the 3G network, you are able to achieve a speed of up to 10 MB. With 4G you can achieve a speed of about 50 MB.

Nowadays people can also choose to get 4G+ with their contract. Theoretically, with 4G+ people can get download speeds of 225 Mbps. That is 75 MB per second over a 4G connection. This technique is also called LTE-Advanced.

The difference between 3G and 4G

With 3G it takes longer to display videos and photos. Typical speeds are between 5 and 10 MB per second. With 4G this is about 50 MB. On YouTube a user recently conducted different tests: download games, stream videos and navigating. The difference in speed was quickly made clear: 4G is comparable to the WiFi Internet at home.

The future of 4G
Technology is changing rapidly. Manufacturers replace regular chips and expand the possibilities. This makes it difficult to tell whether a new technology will be successful in the future. However, one thing is for certain: mobile Internet is rapidly developing. 4G has higher speeds than previous techniques for mobile data. Meanwhile, the European Commission is examining the possibilities for 5G.

5G should be able to deliver speeds of one gigabyte per second and more customers of mobile telephony would be able to make use of it. 4G probably does not have a long future, because providers are constantly updating their technology. Moreover, 4G has been a good starting point for innovation in mobile data technologies.

Who expects more from his smartphone

A subscription to 4G is especially attractive to smartphone users who often watch videos, send large images and have many applications running simultaneously on their smartphone. 4G is becoming more common among users with a data bundle of more than a 1000 MB . Because 4G has a higher speed the user consumes relatively more data compared to usage with a 3G connection. This has been made evident from reports from the telecom providers.

Phones which are ready for 4G

Nowadays, almost all smartphones are ready for 4G. For a complete list of 4G ready phones, click here.

Reception Area 4G
Do you want to know where you will be able to use 4G? The link below shows exactly which carrier offers 4G in which area. Subscribers of other providers can also take advantage of the connection; the map will only show who is the owner of the mast. The map is based on information provided by mobile operators.

There is a handy map which shows the coverage of 4G in the Netherlands.

What are costs of 4G?

The costs for a 4G subscription vary. The provider's website provides more information. In addition, it’s easy to compare the rates for 4G on In general, the rates lie between 20 and 60 euros, depending on the size of the data package.

Which providers offer 4G?

Many providers currently offer 4G:

  • KPN;
  • Simyo;
  • Telfort;
  • Vodafone;
  • T-Mobile
  • Tele2;
  • Ben;

What data packages suit a 4G subscription?

Mobile providers recommend a subscription of at least 1000 MB per month to subscribe to 4G. A subscription under 1000 MB would mean there is insufficient data available and the user would soon reach the data limit.

What are the alternatives to 4G?

In more and more places outdoors it is possible to use a free WiFi-network. Nowadays, many people are aware of these free connections and use them frequently. There are also companies such as cafes, hospitals and government buildings where Internet access is often free. These free WiFi networks are not always as safe as one thinks.

Can I use 4G abroad?

At T-Mobile and Vodafone, customers can already use their national 4G bundle all over Europe. By the summer of 2017, it will be possible for all Dutch mobile users to use their 4G abroad. Until then you will still be able to get a specific Europe or international bundle for Internet.

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