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Will Mobile WiFi Networking be Overthrown by 3G and 4G?

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Question: Will Mobile WiFi Networking be Overthrown by 3G and 4G?
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Many 3G and some recent 4G operators are now making a big noise, claiming that they would be capable of displacing mobile WiFi technology, that has become quite popular as a source of connectivity today. While it is a fact that these networks are becoming increasingly popular, there are points where WiFi networking undoubtedly scores much higher.

  • WiFi offers multi-megabit speeds, while 3G is still capable only of up to 300kbits.
  • Of course WiFi comes at a cost, but 3G still seems to be the more expensive option.
  • Mobile WiFi does have connectivity issues if there is no HotSpot nearby. That way, 3G is available most of the time. But one has to wonder if that justifies the price one has to pay for it.

While some companies feel that 3G will ultimately win over WiFi, there are those who prefer to adopt a neutral standpoint. Though routine tasks such as sending and receiving email may be great with 3G, more complicated tasks will definitely do well with wireless LAN.

Though no one has yet reported major problems with 3G connectivity, there may still be pockets where the connection is mighty slow. This and the fact that 3G prices do not seem to be in a great hurry to come down, may limit its usage to only a limited section of the population, who do not mind spending on it.

In the final analysis, 3G speeds will have to be really good if it needs to stand head-and-shoulder above the rest of the networks, including WiFi.

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