Google Voice / 4G / Mobile Data Milestone
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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.