A device must be 3G-compatible to access 3G networks. Most providers will advertise their 3G-ready devices, so you should not have a problem determining whether or not a device supports this network while shopping.
3G-compatible phones and tablets often display a small icon in the corner of their screens when 3G is connected. If you see this icon, you are on a 3G network. Your device might still be 3G-compatible even if you do not see this icon. Check your settings and owner’s manual to see if you need to turn on 3G network coverage.
As you shop for your next smartphone or tablet
, consider how 3G coverage could enhance your mobile experience. Short for third generation, 3G offers high download speeds and reliability, two paramount features for on-the-go users. 3G devices transfer information at speeds of at least 200 kbit/s, twice as much as many second-generation devices. 3G technology also offers upgraded security, using the KASUMI block cipher algorithm in place of the vulnerable A5/1 stream cipher. The result is more privacy and fewer potential security threats.
If your phone or tablet is not 3G-compatible, it might be time for an upgrade. This advanced network will improve your user experience and open up a world of mobile possibilities.