With the newly announced Mango software update for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform, device-makers are able to take Windows Phone to the next level of mobile broadband connectivity by bringing 4G to devices. Current Windows Phone devices only top out at 3G, connecting either to the GSM-based HSPA/UMTS standard or the CDMA EV-DO standard. 4G, which is being promoted in the U.S. under differing and rival HSPA+, WiMax, and LTE technologies, promises mobile broadband speeds up to ten times faster than traditional 3G.
Details were not available regarding which form(s) of 4G technologies would be supported on the Windows Phone 7 Mango update, but the inclusion of 4G support should help Microsoft stay competitive with Android smartphones, which are now available in 4G on all three 4G standards employed by carriers in the U.S.
Combined with the faster Internet Explorer browser on Windows Phone 7 devices, 4G should give users a very fast user experience when surfing the internet, searching, or browsing.