What do the symbols E G 2G 3G 4G and H mean

You may have wondered what symbols E G 2G 3G 4G 5G and H  actually mean. One of these symbols is near the signal bar which indicates the network signal of your Android phone. Let’s get into what these symbols actually mean.

 E G 2G 3G H and 4G mobile internet connections
Mobile internet connections

You may have heard that in the first days of phones, they were just used for voice calls between people working together or for emergency services. But now, your phone is not just for voice calls. It can be used for a number of functions more like a pocket mobile computer.

The phone can be used for voice calls and video calling, browsing the internet, taking photos and videos, playing games and more. All these possibilities and more are because of the advancement of mobile internet from G now to 5G.


Symbol G stands for General Packet Radio Service GPRS. G near your signal indicator shows there is an internet connection but of the slowest speed. It indicates a 2G connection. This is mainly used for messaging, SMS and MMS. The download speeds for the G lie between 56 and 114 kbit/second.

E (Edge)

E stands for Edge Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Revolution. Edge is also sometimes referred to as 2.5G since it stands somewhere between 2G and 3G. It is relatively slow but better than 2G since it introduced new packet switching techniques which are more efficient than 2G. The download speeds for the Edge lie between 400kbit/second and 1 Mbit/second.

3G (3rd generation)

3G as you can guess it refers to the third generation of mobile phone technology. It is based on GSM standards and uses the Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems. It came with transmission speeds faster than those of Edge and with possibilities of video calling and mobile internet access. It’s download speeds are 384 kbit/second for moving objects and can go up to 42Mbits/second for static ones.


This stands for HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) and it is a more advanced form of the 3G and is basically faster than 3G.

High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSPDA) is a more advanced form of HSPA. It’s download speed can go up to 99.3Mbits/second.

 E G 2G 3G H and 4G mobile internet connections
Mobile internet connections


H+ is just enhanced version of the HSPA and also has faster data transmissions.

WCDMA (Wideband Code-Division Multiple Access)

Wideband CDMA is also third generation 3G and it stands for Wideband Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA). It is used in GSM systems and its a standard which utilizes one 5 MHz channel for both voice and data. It initially offered data speeds up to 384 Kbps.

4G (4th generation)

4G, released in 2008 stands for fourth generation and it’s also called LTE (Long Term Evolution). Sometimes you can see LTE in place of 4G

This has been the fastest mobile network connection. It means your internet speed is as fast as it can be. This can give you the endless explorations of browsing the internet from your phone.

This opened mobile web access to features that require high speeds like gaming, video conferencing, 3D TV and more.


This stands for fifth generation and it’s the next standard that is intended to improve on 4G.

As you should expect, it is anticipated to come with faster data transmission, energy savings, lower latency and other advancements.

It is expected that the 5G will run up to 20Gbps/second


Everyday the internet and technology is evolving. It has changed much since 1979 when 1G was introduced up to now with 5G. This post has given you an overview what the symbols E G 2G 3G H and 4G mean on your mobile phone

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