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Google Voice / 4G / Mobile Data Milestone

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Google Voice
Google Voice, a telecommunications service offered by Google, was launched in March 2009. By October 2009, Google Voice had 1.4 million users. Google Voice is used for placing free voice calls over the Internet to landline telephones and mobile phones. Google will also provide you a real phone number attached to your Google Voice accounts free of charge. You can then go anywhere in the world and make free calls to the United States from your Google voice account. Calls to other countries from your Google Voice account cost mere pennies per minute.

4G, or 4th generation mobile telecommunications, networks allow mobile device data downloads at up to 100Mbs, whereas 3G offer data speeds of only 3.84Mbs. Like 3G, typical uses include mobile web browsing, mobile application downloads, and mobile access for laptop computers. However, 4G would allow for real-time movie streaming and other high bandwidth activities not possible with 3G. The world’s first 4G network went live in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway at the end of 2009. It wasn't until 2010 that Sprint took the first 4G network live in the United States. By September 2010, Sprint had deployed 4G in 55 cities.

Mobile Data Milestone
Mobile data traffic surpassed voice traffic on mobile devices for the first time in 2009 and has consistently topped mobile voice traffic ever since. Total mobile data traffic across the world now exceeds 1 exabyte, which is 1 billion gigabytes. The data explosion should come as no surprise with the increased popularity of text messages, Twitter, Facebook, and other Internet-related apps being used via smartphones.