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Why is 3G called 3G?



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3 gigabits with the G being a shorter way than to say gigabytes <-- This answer is INCORRECT. The proper abbreviation of Gigabytes is GB (1GB = 1 gigabyte). The G in 3G does stand for GENERATION with the original web-enabled mobile phones (Palms, Blackberries and the like) being 1G, more feature enabled phones with EDGE or HSPA era phones (pre "smart phone" era, Razrs and the like) and 3G being the "smart phone" era. Currently, 4G is being used to turn mobile devices more towards actual computing.