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Is 4G faster than Wi-Fi?

Is 4G faster than Wi-Fi?

Most Useful Answer blizzard7  Nov. 8, 2012 at 21:16

Depends on the connection to the internet behind the WiFi. In most real-world situations, WiFi will be faster if not for the faster connection, then for the faster ping.

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blizzard7  Nov. 8, 2012 at 21:16

Depends on the connection to the internet behind the WiFi. In most real-world situations, WiFi will be faster if not for the faster connection, then for the faster ping.

Pondlife  Nov. 9, 2012 at 10:23

Also depends on which wifi router you have, probably lots still using old slower ones.
Could always check your own wifi speed and compare it to the expected 4g one

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 9, 2012 at 10:39

also depends on whether your phone can handle 4G, and what exactly the so-called 4G delivers. Sorry, but a bit of a nonsense Q :p

Pondlife  Nov. 9, 2012 at 10:48

Was reading it more of an upgrade question, whether it has the potential to be faster and thereby get rid of home wifi. As blizzard alludes to will depend to on what wifi is used for, ping not so important to me.
I'm thinking generally getting best wifi router would be better upgrade, but they are a touch less portable.

In honesty my 3g now is as fast for downloads as the broadband I used to have, but that was a while back.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 9, 2012 at 11:07

Yes, but both are just means with 'potential' speeds.... It's a bit like asking is a car faster than a motorbike

Pondlife  Nov. 9, 2012 at 11:15

But at least unlike 2g to wifi it's not like asking if a car is faster than a snail. (although then arguably depends how high snail is dropped from ;))

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 9, 2012 at 14:03

Yes, but both are just means with 'potential' speeds.... It's a bit like asking is a car faster than a motorbike
Ahh, but with the best of both available, the car (Wi-Fi) wins hands down.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 9, 2012 at 14:11

:p

Pondlife  Nov. 9, 2012 at 14:19

But it only goes as far as your driveway. :)

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 9, 2012 at 14:26

But it only goes as far as your driveway. :)
Well EE 4G has a fuel tank so small you'll only get a few mins heavy use out of it :p.

Pondlife  Nov. 9, 2012 at 14:34

With such high fuel prices too

Pondlife  Nov. 12, 2012 at 11:01

Just read Ofcoms average figure on broadband speed (admittedly from 11/2011) that it's 7.8mbit/s which I think is sub 3g top speeds...

edit. Mind you just found their expected speeds for 3g and 4g and guess not.

For the typical user, download speeds of initial 4G networks could be around 5-7 times those for existing 3G networks. This means a music album taking 20 minutes to download on a 3G phone and just over three minutes on 4G. This is based on existing 3G speeds being 1 Mbit/s on average and 4G speed being 6 Mbit/s (on average between 5 and 7 times faster)

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