Having left the countryside where I thought myself lucky to find an area with good phone signal, the move to London almost felt like I was finally entering practically a new world – the ability to use a phone without hanging out of a window, let alone having access to 3G internet on my mobile all the time was something that didn’t take me long to get used to!
Surfing the internet whilst on the move has become second nature to the majority of UK citizens with a smartphone. The need to check a train time table, a map or even Facebook is now habitual behaviour that consumers would struggle to live without.
3G demonstrated a monumental development in mobile technology, whereby a phone was no longer a device to just make and receive calls or play ‘Snake’. It was found that ‘79 per cent of the population use their smartphone for reading email, a higher percentage than those who used it for making calls’.
By introducing LTE/4G to consumers, the greater bandwidth can only enhance the smartphone experience and encourage users to be more independent. Operators claim that LTE/4G is up to 10 times faster than 3G – the obvious benefits to consumers such as myself are clear.
Browsing Facebook; downloading my iTunes; streaming Youtube on my way home from work Tweeting my favourite ‘Made In Chelsea’ star; searching for a new flat and even storing my photos with Dropbox will all be much easier and quicker.
With this in mind I have found myself becoming more excited about my lengthy and previously very tedious journey home each night even if I can’t change being squashed into a tube carriage with 50 other people.
Although LTE is not currently available with my current operator, I would be keen to adopt it when it is – providing Kevin Bacon does not put me off in the meantime!