What is the difference between G, E, 3G, H, H+ and 4G symbols? We find out!

You would have noticed different symbols appearing on your smartphone or tablet’s status bar at different times such as G, E, 3G, H and H+. 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.

difference between 3G-H

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, MB/s or GB/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, signal strength and network congestion.

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March 2, 2017 12:34 am 12:34 AM

Today (01 Mar 2017) was surprised to see AIRTEL 4G changed to 4G+. This was at Secunderabad area of Hyderabad city.

[…] In July 2016, the Trai had floated a consultation paper seeking views on using public WiFi networks to be able to provide affordable internet services. In the paper, the regulator had estimated that the cost per MB on a Wi-Fi network could be less than 2 paise, or a 10th of the average 23 paise/MB that consumers typically pay for data on cellular networks using 2G, 3G or 4G technologies. […]

November 6, 2016 12:09 pm 12:09 PM

how to I know which technology i using now in mobile..

for example
i use airtel 3g in my mobile Its show only “H” symbol.
i want to know H+ release 6 or H+ release 10 &
which frequency 3g-900mhz or 3g-2100mhz..??

like lte or lte-a

i install some app in playstore It not show technology related info..

any one tell me correct application…