/ˌθriː ˈdʒiː/

(also third-generation /ˌθɜːrd dʒenəˈreɪʃn/)

technology faster and more advanced than before: “3G mobile phones”

It describes a level of performance for mobile/cell phones that makes it possible to move data to and from the Internet:

“3G technology” “3G wireless networking solutions” “We are leaders in 3G mobile phones in this country.”

It is also used to describe any technology that is being developed that is more advanced than the earlier two stages.

Other related terms:

0G: Mobile radio telephone systems were telephone systems of wireless type that preceded the modern cellular mobile form of telephony technology. Since they were the predecessors of the first generation of cellular telephones, these systems are sometimes retroactively referred to as pre-cellular (or sometimes zero generation, that is, 0G) systems.

1G: the first generation of wireless cellular technology (mobile telecommunications). These are the analog telecommunications standards that were introduced in the 1980s and continued until being replaced by 2G digital telecommunications. The main difference between the two mobile cellular systems (1G and 2G), is that the radio signals used by 1G networks are analog, while 2G networks are digital.


  • Research Questions:
  1. Why third? Why generation?
  2. Were there 2G & 1G before 3G?
  3. What other generations are there? What’s the most recent?
  4. What things are given generations?