3G is shorthand for the third generation of cellular technology. Third generation-capable phones and networks started to gain widespread use in 2007, but it took several years for the majority of phones in areas like North American and Western Europe to be 3G capable.
3G networks must support at least 200 Kbit/s transfer rates, but most support much higher data transfer rates than this–later revisions of 3G-based standards can support 15 Mbit/s. 3G technology is slowly being superseded by 4G technology.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 03/28/13