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!