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Mobile Data - GPRS, E, 3G, H, H+, LTE, 4G

Started by: headcell
On: 05/08/2014 | 23:08
Replies: 19
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by: headcell
on: 05/08/2014 | 23:08 edited: 21/03/2018 | 16:32

If you're new to the world of mobile data, you may wonder what those letter and numbers mean on your phone's notification bar... Just what are GPRS, E, 3G, H, H+, LTE, and 4G

 

  • G stands for GPRS and is the slowest standard, used is the GSM network (2G).
  • E is an extension of GPRS, it is called EDGE and it is correspondingly a little faster, but still uses the old GSM network (2G).
  • 3G, or  UMTS and is the successor to the GSM network and faster.
  • H and H+ are standing for HSPA and HSPA+. Both use the UMTS network, where H is faster than 3G and H+ is faster than H.
  • 4G stands for LTE and is the fastest. 

So now you know!

 

 

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by: larsus
on: 05/08/2014 | 23:13
This is a great post. Very helpful!
Message 2 of 20
by: farnis
on: 05/08/2014 | 23:22

Very interesting. Cheers. Smiley Happy

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by: prini
on: 05/08/2014 | 23:23
Thank you
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by: dieingeveryday
on: 05/08/2014 | 23:29
You missed out 3·5. That 3network uses 📯 nearly as Fast as the 4g. EE give an charge double
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by: dieingeveryday
on: 05/08/2014 | 23:55
But the real surprise was the smartphone on Three's network - which is not yet 4G. It provided a very impressive download speed of 21 Mbps. Three has been claiming that its souped-up 3.5G phone can give customers the 4G experience without needing a new phone or a more expensive contract - and this test seems to back that up. Three is not launching its 4G services until the end of this year - but hopes to catch up by promising that its customers won't pay a premium for the product.
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by: yahiroz
on: 06/08/2014 | 12:04 edited: 06/08/2014 | 12:05

@dieingeveryday wrote:
You missed out 3·5. That 3network uses 📯 nearly as Fast as the 4g. EE give an charge double

3 still uses HSPA+ (H+), they're just using the full capabilities the technology can offer unlike other networks, who seems to limit it to slower speeds.

 

Also your information about 3 4G is out of date, they rolled out 4G last year Decemeber Smiley Tongue.

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by: harrymcspider
on: 06/08/2014 | 13:03 edited: 06/08/2014 | 14:14

@dieingeveryday  wrote: " Three is not launching its 4G services until the end of this year - but hopes to catch up by promising that its customers won't pay a premium for the product."

 

 

Three 3G fastest I've experienced in link (typically 10-20Mbps)

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8xv0ppg9383k6x9/photo%283%29.PNG

 

Three's 4G from last week -

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8pnosys7wcurc69/photo%20%2817%29.PNG

 

Here's a recent real world assessment of 4G and 3G data performance on different networks -

 

http://www.broadbandgenie.co.uk/blog/20140714-road-trip-2014-results

 

Three's DC-HSDPA still only shows as "3G" on an Apple iPhone.

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by: harrymcspider
on: 06/08/2014 | 13:12 edited: 06/08/2014 | 13:13

 

 

Some background on DC-HSDPA widely used by Three compared to HSPA+.  DC-HSDPA isn't unique to Three but it's coverage is higher than most other UK networks.

 

http://www.3g.co.uk/three-utrafast-3-phones/

 

"Ultrafast is driven by the very latest form of 3G technology called Dual Carrier - High Speed Downlink Packet Access ( DC-HSDPA ) - the important point is that it is "Dual Channel" and offers much greater mobile data carrying capacity. Most 3G networks in the UK are developed using High Speed Packet Access+ ( HSPA+ ) and, in theoretical tests HSPA+ is nearly 50% slower than DC-HSDPA."

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by: moominpappa
on: 06/08/2014 | 13:49

That's a handy guide - thanks for posting it (I can never remember the right sequence of letters for HSPA!)

 

Having had experience of Three's data speeds, I have often thought "What's the point in having 4G?", and when comparing the network speeds in @harrymcspider 's Broadbandgenie post I can see that Three really excels in this area.

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