The HTC Thunder Bolt, Verizon’s first 4G handset is now available and speed tests are already coming in. The bandwidth numbers are simply impressive, when used both on the phones for typical use and also in connection with laptops, but as of now they have relatively few LTE subscribers when compared to those on traditional 3G networks. Looking at the speed that they do work at I do believe that the number of subscribers would grow.
As of now, there are very few uses for 12 Mbps on the smartphone besides videos, which interprets that the customers of the speedy 4G phones are sure to add the wireless hotspot service to their handset data plan. The question to be asked is, could the adoption of 4G move web developers away from lighter, mobile friendly sites in the long run?
Test results are back from ThunderBolt on 4G’s performance, gotten from the famous Laptop Magazine. Standard speed tests on the phone show that they work at awesome speeds of 4 and 13.8 Mbps downloading speeds. Based on one of the trials performed, a fairly heavy ESPN website took about four seconds to load, when compared to a 3G connection that took a staggering 22 seconds to open up the very same time. Without a doubt, The extra wireless speeds on smartphone…? Yes they’ll be whisked up even before you know it. But for now mobile webs have chosen to move toward lighter sites that are more mobile friendly and load faster. Taking sites like ESPN, if they change over to the mobile version the site would offer less data on the screen, but drops the load time to a bearable 6 seconds in my tests.
At times people wonder why must we have mobile versions of sites? The reasons being first, The sites are that the screens of the handsets are too small and mobile versions of the sites make it easier for people to access and interact with them, another reason being that the desk top version of the sites take too long to load on a 2G or a 3G connection. However with the zooming controls that the modern smartphone has it makes it very easy for people browse through even the desktop version of the websites. And since of late with facilities that enable faster down loads of the desktop version of the sites, makes it even more convenient in making the mobile version of the websites expendable.
Not to worry, you mobile site version lovers, its not going anywhere already, as they have just started with LTE in the U.S and are now trying it out on the on their first to phone that supports it. I guess it would take a lot more time than we think for the version to come around and before we see the mobile sites decline.
The world is always welcomes a Faster mobile broadband, as a matter of fact no matter what the device or activity the all eyes years and doors are always opened to greet in, the launch of the first LTE handset could be the first drop in the ocean leading to a flood.