A mobile communications standard intended to replace 3G, allowing wireless Internet access at a much higher speed: they recently announced that the newest iPad will support 4G [as modifier]: when a 4G phone can’t find a 4G network, it falls back on 3G
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- For wide-area high-speed wireless data, 4G may be better as it does not concern itself with the circuit-switched legacy that 2.5G and 3G systems conform to.
- Not only will it be harder, if 4G standards are dominated by a different set of interests and technologies, to gain return on their huge investments in 3G, but they will not be able to exploit those technologies in moving to the next generation.
- 4G is close on the heels of 3G, with "forward-thinking wireless operators who are now working to leapfrog expensive and ineffective third generation wireless strategies".
1990s: abbreviation of fourth generation.
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