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The Difference between 3G and 4G Networks for Your Computer

By Allyson Westcot

Computer users that are not wired into a network or within access of a Wi-Fi connection may use 3G plans to get on the web. This is a popular option for industries and workers that use durable laptops on a busy schedule, who do not really wish to have to revisit a home base to enter data, or who do not wish to need to find Wi-Fi to do it.

Now, 4G is set to become the new standard. The variations between 3G and 4G could be substantial. But sturdy portable computer users should not have to worry about compatibility. Panasonic, for example, plans to continue to support 3G technology with its current partners, and has already released 4G compatible devices, so you can focus rather more on the benefits of the new 4G technology, instead of whether your laptop PC can handle it.

With 4G technology, download speeds should seriously improve. Something with a 4 minute download time with 3G network should take a few seconds on a 4G network. Although there doesn’t seem to be much difference between 3G and 4G—just one number, after all—the differences are really much more marked than that. This sort of connectivity will cut download times by a factor of 100 if it can be achieved—and professionals think that it can be.

The challenge with 4G will be location. The 3G networks cover the majority of the United States, so subscribers generally don’t have an issue connecting. The pre-4G and true 4G networks will take a bit of time to build, just as 3G did, which could cause it to grow more slowly until more make the switch.

The main thing is finding and buying either regular or rugged laptops that support both 3G and 4G so that you can connect where you want, when you would like. Panasonic has already shown the way in this sense, and may continue to provide mobile solutions and connectivity for its users.

For everything from used Panasonic Toughbooks to the latest Panasonic rugged tablet computers that are compatible with 3G, check out Rugged Depot at today.

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Westcot, Allyson "The Difference between 3G and 4G Networks for Your Computer." The Difference between 3G and 4G Networks for Your Computer. 11 Oct. 2012. 27 Jul 2014 <>.

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