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New Bill in Congress Wants Carriers to Have to Explain What 4G Means

 Ludicrous Speed Space Balls

Remember when 3G was a big deal? GPRS was considered 2G and EDGE was 2.5G and then all the craziness started with 3G but now we have even more marketing gimmicks going on with 4G. Customers obviously assume that 4G means better than 3G but the thing is not all 4G from US carriers is created equally. Verizon has been calling their LTE network 4G along with Sprint and their WiMax network. We then had T-Mobile calling their HSPA+ network 4G with AT&T coming shortly thereafter calling their HSPA+ network 4G too… Confused yet?

A new bill was introduced into congress by Rep. Anna Eshoo called the Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act that wants carriers to have to disclose what they mean by 4G and what that translates into for consumers. That includes speed, coverage, and technology along with a comparison to the competition. While I think that is noble and probably a way for her to win some brownie points with constituents I would rather they focus on these new stingy tiered data plans.

What do you think? How about we just head on over to Ludicrous Speed!

via CNNMoney via IntoMobile

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  1. i agree completely with this bill. 4G is extremely misleading. Look at At&t, they are releasing 4G phones and they are just now looking into 4G LTE

  2. Lmao at the pic… :) BerryReview never ceases to offer a chuckle!

  3. Greatest comedic performance Rick Moranis ever did. He was fracking brilliant in space balls. RIP John Candy. Umm as far as this bill, I wouldn’t care if they called it chicken soup. Just make sure its reliable and I’m not getting my pockets turned inside out to use it.

    • funny stuff, I wish they would introduce a bill to limit how carriers screw us over on data prices and offer crappy service. In part I do agree with the bills carriers are just confusing consumers that actually pay attention and for the other part most consumers don’t care or know the difference.

    • Ronen, what’s your take on Apple winning the patent for touch screens and what it means for other touchscreen makers.

  4. Yea i agree they are really confusing i cant wait to hear the carriers explanation on this one.

  5. ITU Requirements and 4G wireless standards

    *Based on an all-IP packet switched network.
    *Peak data rates of up to approximately 100 Mbit/s for high mobility such as mobile access and up to approximately 1 Gbit/s for low mobility such as nomadic/local wireless access, according to the ITU requirements.
    *Dynamically share and use the network resources to support more simultaneous users per cell.
    *Scalable channel bandwidth 5–20 MHz, optionally up to 40 MHz.[8][8][9]
    *Peak link spectral efficiency of 15 bit/s/Hz in the downlink, and 6.75 bit/s/Hz in the uplink (meaning that 1 Gbit/s in the downlink should be possible over less than 67 MHz bandwidth).
    *System spectral efficiency of up to 3 bit/s/Hz/cell in the downlink and 2.25 bit/s/Hz/cell for indoor usage.[8]
    Smooth handovers across heterogeneous networks.
    *Ability to offer high quality of service for next generation multimedia support.

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