What do all the Gs mean?
You may have heard of 2G, 3G and 4G, but what does it all mean?
• 2G – this is the backbone of mobile phone infrastructure, it supports calls, texts and gives you very low speed internet connections – the sort where buffering of videos takes so long you lose the will to live.
• 3G – this supports calls, texts and internet use from your phone, most handsets nowadays are supported by 3G and where they’re not, they’ll automatically try to connect to 2G.
• 4G – this is the newest infrastructure and promises super-duper mobile internet speeds (up to seven times faster than 3G). Because it’s so new, not all handsets are compatible with 4G speeds but providers are upgrading their offering continuously. See if you can get 4G coverage in your area.
Is there a best large carrier?
If it were a competition, it’d be hard to judge, each one offers different things and it depends on what you need or what you expect, but here’s a rundown of the big guns:
• Three – they were the first to introduce 3G and offer 4G to customers at no extra cost (they’re also the provider least likely to be complained about). Three also has 3G coverage across 98% of the UK.
• O2 – they offer a huge number of rewards and benefits such as vouchers for high street stores and restaurants; they also sell gig tickets before they go on general release. They have 2G coverage across 99% of the country and 3G coverage of 80%.
• EE – offer 4G across more than 95% of the country and were the first to introduce even faster 4G (4GEE and 4G+). They also offer a number of perks such as discounts on film streaming, music, theatre and comedy tickets.
• Vodafone – covers over 99% of the population with its 2G signal and has 80% coverage with 3G. Vodafone are the second biggest mobile phone company in the world (China mobile is number one) so they know a thing or two about mobiles. They also offer free (time limited) access to music streaming sites such as Spotify and TV channels that you usually have to pay for (such as Sky Atlantic).
How do I compare deals?
Well this is the bit that (hopefully) doesn’t need any explanation. We’re all for giving you choice and comparison so even if you’re just a little bit curious about what deal you could get, why not start using our mobile comparison service today?