Device Network Frequencies
We all know the little bars in the top left corner of our phone tell us the strength of our phone signal but what do the little symbols next to this mean? Have you ever seen GPRS, E, 3G or 4G on your phone and wondered what each meant? Well our handy guide for the different types of mobile connectivity will hopefully help.
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is one step up from having no data signal at all. GPRS provides slow speed data transfer and means that whilst your webpage might eventually load or your email may finally send, the speed at which this happens is very slow and sometimes doesn’t even occur. GPRS provides data rates of between 35-171 Kilobits per second (Kbps)
EDGE [E] is a step up from GPRS and lies between 2G and 3G technology. It can reach faster speeds than GPRS however Loading webpages can take a large amount of time and the strength is still not good enough to browse the internet sufficiently. Edge can reach speeds between 120Kbps to 384Kbps.
3G is the third generation of mobile phone technology and uses the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) as its core network architecture. Usually 3G is faster than EDGE [E] and can allow you to easily browse websites and stream music. Possible 3G speeds are between 384Kbps to 2 Megabits per second (Mbps).
4G is currently the fastest data network speed you’ll see on your smartphone. Depending on signal strengths 4G can often be faster than WiFi, Whilst 4G coverage isn’t everywhere in the UK at the moment, 4G can offer speeds of between 3Mbps to 20Mbps on your smartphone. See coverage checker.
SimRush uses the UKs fastest data network EE because their continued investment into 4G technology means that by 2020 they are hoping to deliver 95% 4G coverage. They’re also taking 4G coverage to the next level with 4GEE, Double Speed 4GEE and 4G+.
4GEE is EE’s fourth generation mobile technology that is 5 times faster than 3G, whilst their Double Speed 4GEE is twice as fast again and 4G+ is three times faster than standard 4GEE and like having Fibre Broadband on your phone.
Want to read more about EE 4G Coverage head over to http://ee.co.uk/why-ee/network/biggest-coverage