Nowadays, we seem to use smartphones to connect to the Internet and other online services more than we use them for making phone calls while that is the main purpose of phones.
Unfortunately, the quality of the Internet connectivity and services you receive vary significantly. Some countries have better and advanced telecom networks than others. Also, within a country, it is known that the remote areas may not have the same quality of coverage and connectivity as big cities. Sometimes, even being indoors can have a significant effect on the internet connectivity.
Whatever it is, your smartphone can let you know the strength of your mobile internet by means of an alphanumeric code that is found near the signal bar. Well, we are talking about the E, 3G, H, H+, etc. on the notification bar.
Keep reading to find more about these codes.
2G is the slowest
This technology allowed data services like SMS and MMS on mobile phones. It signified the first time that the radio signals became digital instead of being analog and it paved way for greater spectrum efficiency and it has a maximum speed of just 50 kilobits per second.
G or GPRS is also known as 2.5G
GPRS or General Packet Radio Service is also known as 2.5G. It is reason for the development of currently used 3G networks. It can transfer data at a speed of up to 114 kbps and this is pretty slower than what we experience these days. At this speed, the webpages take a long time as it is meant for instant messaging alone.
E or EDGE was three times faster
E or Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) network started getting popular in the last decade and it was able to render three times faster connectivity than the other networks. It can support speeds up to 217 kbps that is faster than the G networks. However, you will still struggle to browse a modern website or watch even a low resolution video.
3G offered enough speed
3G is based on UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication Service) standard and it was the first one to support mobile internet browsing that we know today with a maximum speed of 384 kbps. It is quite suitable for streaming music and watching videos. Right now, it is the most commonly used mobile internet network used across the world.
H can give a better speed
The H standard is based on HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) connectivity and it gives a maximum speed of 7.2 Mbps. It can handle YouTube videos, web browsing, Spotify streaming, and other app usage too. But, it still is tough to download movies and large torrent files.
H+ provides a much higher speed
H+ is nothing but Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) and this technology provides a better download speed than the other networks. It can render a maximum speed of 168.8 Mbps. However, these speeds are rarely used in normal usage.
4G LTE is the fastest right now
As of now, 4G LTE is the fastest network though there is not much difference noticed between H+ and 4G. Well, the maximum speed you can experience on 4G is 1 Gbps and it can support up to 1 Tbps in future.