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What is a 3G Cell Phone?

A 3G cell phone.
Any cell phone built after 2001 is likely a 3G phone.
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A 3G cell phone, in simple terms, is any cell phone which is compatible with third generation technology. A cell phone built prior to 2001 will most likely not be classified as such. This is just another way of informing the consumer which phase of technology applies to this particular cell phone, to help the consumer determine how well it will meet his or her needs. As is the case with most common technologies, there is an ever-growing demand for compatibility between past versions and current 3G service.

The primary difference between a 3G cell phone and one which is not 3G may not really be a critical factor for every consumer. The technology required for simple voice communication is found in every cell phone on the market. In contrast, the need to be connected to the internet while out for a walk is a necessity for some. This is where the newest 3G wireless technology is needed.

An interesting point to consider is how 3G cell phone technology interacts with the devices of eras gone by. With a brand new phone, you can call a phone which may be ten years old - compatibility which is lacking if you try, for instance, to play a compact disk (CD) on a turntable.

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3G cell phones and their perspective networks evolved primarily in order to deliver more content to the consumers. Without this third generation technology, getting emails or videos might have to wait until a more traditional internet connection is available, such as in a home or office. This is not in keeping with the newest demand, however. An increasing number of people feel it is important to obtain videos, download music, and gain access to 3G internet to check emails, all while on the go.

A 3G cell phone is the new “sliced bread,” as it incorporates the latest, most widely accepted technology available today. Whether this technology is a need or a want depends on the individual consumer. Knowing what a 3G cell phone is may not be as important as knowing what personal requirements are. Possessing 3G technology is not essential for making a simple phone call.

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serenesurface
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I just got a 3G cell phone and I like how it has improved internet and phone connection. Not only is the quality of the call better but internet load time is much faster than before.

With the phone I had before, the calls were not as clear and sometimes had weird noises. The internet connection was also pretty slow. I need to check my email like every five minutes and that was a pain with my old phone. The 3G cell phone coverage and connection speed is much better.

The only thing I dislike with my new phone is that when the 3G is on, it uses up the battery power. I have to recharge in the afternoon, it doesn't last me the whole day. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with it.

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I don't know how it is in the U.S., but 3G is the latest trend for phones in Europe. Many people are replacing their old phones with mobile cell phones that have 3G. There is even a phone now which allows video conversations using the 3G technology. It's awesome!

They are using 3G for internet service too. I have a mobile broadband right now. It's a USB stick that goes into my laptop and I have internet anywhere at anytime. I don't even need a wirless modem box. I just make a monthly payment to the phone company. I think the 3G technology is the best thing ever.

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