What is 4G and how does it work on Virgin Mobile?


4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone technology, providing a fast mobile user experience. Learn all about 4G on Virgin Mobile right here.

What does 4G mean?

4G allows you to access fourth generation of mobile phone technology and allows you to access superfast mobile broadband on the go. It replaced 3G technology starting in 2012 and offers speeds of up to 20 times faster than the previous technology.

4G technology currently makes up the majority of the Virgin Mobile network, though we’ve been rolling out the even faster 5G since January 2021.

What's the difference between 4G, 3G, 2G & 1G

While 1G and 2G was only really suitable for carrying text messages and calls, 3G made it possible to access the internet through your phone.

4G was developed as an improvement on 3G, offering speeds around 20 times faster than its predecessor, and eliminating the 3G network’s congestion issues.

Unlike 3G, 4G allows offers broadband style speeds on the go. With Virgin Mobile 4G, you can expect a download speed of up to 50Mbps – that’s fast enough to keep you enjoying all the online features you love at home.

How does 4G work?

4G is basically a big, high-tech radio system. You’ve no doubt seen the mobile phone towers we have dotted around the country. These towers transmit the signals needed for 4G to work – they send data from your device to the internet, and then send it back again. This lets you browse, watch videos and stream songs on the go.

How fast is 4G?

4G is offers speeds up to 20 times higher than the previous 3G technology. On Virgin Mobile, you can enjoy download speeds of up 50Mbps – meaning you can browse, stream music, and watch videos on the go, just like you would at home.

Virgin Mobile 4G explained

Learn about the data benefits we offer to all our Virgin Mobile customers.

Additional 4G FAQs

Need more help with 4G on Virgin Mobile? Check out the FAQs below.

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