Ideally a customer should check whether the phone is 4G enabled at the time of purchase. We strongly recommend that while making a decision about buying a mobile phone, you should check which network type (2G, 3G, 4G etc.) it supports. Buying an expensive phone and later on find out that it does not support the latest technologies could be very disappointing. But assuming that you have already bought a phone, how would you know if your phone is 4G enabled? This question often crops up in the mind of mobile phone users. Nowadays, a lot of people want to upgrade their mobile Internet connection from 3G to 4G. But to enjoy the speed of 4G on your mobile phone, you must have a handset that supports 4G networks.
How to Know if a Phone is 4G Enabled?
There is no general answer to this question. Different handset manufacturers make their phones in different ways. But you can try one of the following methods and we are sure that you will be able to find out 4G status of your phone:
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- Check the user manual that came along with your phone. Look for the specifications section in the manual booklet and see see what type of networks your phone supports. If it mentions 4G or LTE, you’re in luck! Your phone is 4G enabled!
- In case you don’t have a copy of the user manual of your phone, you can head to the website of your phone maker. They often make the PDF copy of the user manual available online.
- If that also does not work, you can go to GSM Arena website and search for your mobile handset. You will get the specifications. Here look for the Network section and see your phone supports 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE).
You can also look into the settings of your phone. Following are the steps about how you can check if your phone is 4G compatible. Please remember that different handset manufacturers make slightly different layout for settings.
Go to Settings > Mobile Networks > Network Mode. Here you will see if your phone has the option of selecting a 4G/LTE mode. If the mode is listed, your phone is 4G enabled.
Go to Settings > General > Cellular. Here if you see Enable 4G LTE option, your phone is 4G compatible. You can select this option to enable 4G.
Go to Settings > Cellular + Sim > Highest connection speed. Here you should see if LTE appears in the list. If LTE option is there, that means your phone is 4G enabled and you can select the option to connect to 4G network.
Having a 4G enabled phone is not enough to use 4G services. If you’ve been a 3G user, you may have to upgrade from 3G to 4G. For this you should ask if your mobile connection provider is offering the 4G services. If they do offer 4G services, they may give you a new 4G compatible SIM Card. You would need to insert the new card in your phone and then you can use the 4G services.
If your cellular provider does not provide 4G services and you immediately want to use these services, you can always switch mobile service provider and opt for one who offers such services. By the way, did you know that even if you don’t have a SIM card (and thus an active cellular service plan); you can still do a lot of things with your mobile phone.
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