Difference between G, E, 3G, H, H+, H++ and 4G symbols

Difference between G, E, 3G, H, H+, H++ and 4G symbols

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Difference between G, E, 3G, H, H+, H++ and 4G symbols

Difference between G, E, 3G, H, H+, H++ and 4G symbols.Have a look and easily find the correct meaning and differentiation of network symbols.

Hey, readers, You would have noticed different symbols appearing on your smartphone or tablet’s status bar at different times such as G, E, 3G, H, H+, H++, and 4G. Ever wondered what do they actually mean? Many readers have been asking us their exact meanings and why those symbols keep on switching. I have created a small table which explains the meaning of all these symbols.Have a look on the table below and differentiate easily between network symbols.

Difference between G, E, 3G, H, H+, H++ and 4G Symbols

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Note 1: 8 Bits = 1 Byte. Hence, you need to divide the above speeds (displayed in bits/s) by 8 to get the speeds in KB/s.

Note 2: HSPA is further divided into HSDPA (download) and HSUPA (upload ) to denote download and upload speeds respectively.

Note 3: Also, all these download and upload speeds are just theoretical maximum limits and not indicative of the actual real-world speeds. Real-world speeds vary depending upon a lot of factors such as the QoS(Quality of Service), signal strength and network congestion.


Letter G stands for GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). It indicates the slowest speed of internet data transfer in your mobile phone. When you see G near your signal strength indicator, it is certain that your net connection is working at the slowest speed.

GPRS is considered to be the second generation (2G) mobile technology. It is the slowest and oldest among all mobile tecnologies. It is mainly good enough for sending text messages using apps like WhatsApp. Data rates in GPRS are between 56 and 114Kbit/second


Letter E stands for EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution). It is also called Enhanced GPRS. This technology lies somewhere in between 2G and 3G technology. So, some people refer to it as 2.5G.

EDGE is faster than GPRS but still not good enough to browse the internet. It takes a lot of time in loading websites when your signal bar is showing E letter alongside. Typically EDGE provides a data rate of 400 Kbits/second but in ideal conditions data rate of up to 1 Mbit/second can also be achieved. This technology also lies somewhere in between 2G and 3G. Those who call GPRS as 2.5 G, they refer EDGE as 2.75G.


3G means the third generation of mobile telephone technology. It uses the Universal Mobile Telecommunication System and is based on GSM Standards.Typically 3g provides data transfer rates 384 kbit/second. But depending upon how it is implemented on various networks, the data rate can go up to 42 Mbits/second.

Usually, 3G is faster than EDGE and you can easily browse websites and stream music


H stands for HSPA (High-speed Packet Access). It is an enhanced form of 3G technology. HSPA provides higher data transfer rates than the basic 3G. HSPA can provide peak data rates of up to 14 Mbit/s for downlink and 5.76 Mbit/s for up uplink.

High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is a further enhanced version of HSPA. HSDPA supports download speed of up to 99.3 Mbit/s.

When you see letter H near the signal bar on your mobile phone, you can stream music and even Youtube Videos without much interruption, But if you want to download a movie, it is going to take a very long time!


This is enhanced HSPA. It is faster than basic HSPA (as explained above). Relatively speedier data transfer in H+ will make your video to download or stream much more smoothly. At present 4G technology is not widely available. So, in most parts of the world, HSPA+ is the fastest speed you can get through mobile internet.


WCDMA is also a 3G technology. It stands for Wide-band Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). Interestingly, this technology is actually used in the GSM systems. WCDMA in GSM increases the data transmission speed by using the air interface of CDMA. International Telecommunications Union has adopted WCDMA.


If you see 4G near a signal bar on your mobile phone, you’re lucky! It means you are using the fastest mobile internet connection available on the globe at present.4G is the fourth generation of mobile technology. It is also called LTE (Long Term Evolution). 4G connection works as good as a wi-fi connection of your home or office. With such connection, you can do everything on your mobile that you can do on your desktop.

Just to round it all up, the bars in signal indicator show the strength or quality of the signal you’re getting at your present location. Also, mobile phone makers often use a dull color (like gray) to show weak/absent signal and a bright color (like green and blue) to show good signal.

Tiny arrows in the signal bar show that the data transfer is taking place. The radar-like icon shows the wi-fi connection.

I hope this information was useful for you. Please feel free to ask should you have any questions on this topic. I will be happy to try and help.

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