I’ve compiled a fact sheet for all the people like me who just want to know enough about 4G to make the right decision the next time they’re looking for the right phone plan.
1. What's the difference between 3G and 4G?
In a word – speed. The ‘G’ in 3G and 4G stands for generation so just like you’d expect your new phone to be faster than your old phone you can expect faster download speeds from 4G in areas covered by the Optus 4G Plus network. While your call quality will remain the same as it was on 3G, with 4G you might notice websites takes less time to load, video calls can look and feel crisper, and if you’re into streaming the buffering time could also reduce.
2. What's the difference between 4G, LTE and 4G Plus?
There’s no difference between 4G and LTE. LTE or ‘Long Term Evolution’ is just another way of saying 4G.
To put it officially, we're powered by the Optus 4G Plus network, which runs across all network spectrums from 700MHz to 2600MHz. This basically means that if you make the switch to 4G with us you could see improved data speeds in a broad range of locations as long as you’re in a 4G coverage area with a compatible device (ie one that works on 4G).
So what’s the difference between 4G and 4G Plus? Different network spectrums have different advantages – some offer faster speeds while others transmit a signal further. 4G Plus’ super power is that it helps you get online during those busy periods when everyone’s trying to muscle in for some space on the network by providing more lanes for the information to travel along.
3. Do I need to buy a new SIM, phone or additional device to use 4G?
To use the Optus 4G Plus network you’ll need three things: a 4G compatible phone, to be in an area with Optus 4G Plus coverage area and an awesome 4G plan. Pretty simple right? If you’re not sure if your phone’s 4G compatible we’ve created a list of some of the more popular handsets out there to help you find out. It’s by no means comprehensive so if your phone isn’t there give Google a shot.
4. Can I switch off 4G on my phone?
Absolutely. If you find that for whatever reason you don’t want to use 4G, most compatible phones will have a feature in their settings to allow you to switch it off. You’ll still be paying for a 4G service and will be able to make calls, text and surf the net – you just won’t be able to do it at the speeds 4G can deliver.
Lee - amaysim's IT guy.