What Does 3G Enabled Mean?

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What Does 3G Enabled Mean?
Many modern smart phones are capable of receiving 3G service. (smart phone image by Jon Le-Bon from Fotolia.com)

3G-enabled devices range from cell phones to laptops and are capable of utilising 3G signals. 3G, short for Third Generation, is a type of Internet service designed specifically for use with mobile devices such as cell phones and other telecommunication devices.


3G technology is the third generation of mobile-communication service. Previous technologies were restricted to basic phone and e-mail and often experienced slow download speeds. As technology improved, 3G users have seen vast improvements in connection speeds and available features.

Specifications and Features

3G technology provides data and voice service for many modern cell phones, laptops and other communication devices. Users can expect download speeds between 144kb/sec to 2mb/sec along with access to functions such as voice communication, faxing, live TV streaming, navigation, e-mail and Internet access.

The Future of 3G

Mobile communication companies are currently working on a fourth generation of telecommunication technology. 4G service will provide users with connection speeds of 30mb/sec to 100mb/sec, which will allow for high-resolution videoconferencing, streaming video and enhanced voice technology.

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