Coming soon: supersonic data transfers 500 times faster than 3G phones

USA Today reports data downloads on wireless devices will become 500 times faster than on 3G phones — and devices will be much more responsive — under technology that has passed muster with the International Telecommunication Union, the U.N. telecom agency. The technology, which could begin showing up in smartphones and tablets by 2015, will allow users to load Web pages at a tap of a finger. Known as IMT-Advanced, the system is designed to deliver ultra-high-speed service through more efficient use of radio frequencies, meaning that wireless hardware will require less bandwidth to access the Web. <<…>>