Data Hits: Understanding Mobile Data Speed

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DATA HITS: WHAT’S YOUR MOBILE DATA SPEED?

Get the rundown on the different mobile data speeds & what you can do on them

Data Hits: Understanding Mobile Data Speed

Published on July 12, 2016

Chances are you’ve checked your phone’s signal strength and noticed a bunch of numbers and letters beside it at some point. Anyone with a smart phone may have seen either 2G, 3G, or LTE to indicate mobile data speed, but what exactly do they mean? Here’s a rundown of your mobile Internet speed and what it lets you achieve.


2G: Let’s Take It Slow, So Slow
Need to send a quick text? It's not a problem with a second generation (2G) network. Want to upload a picture on Instagram? Ipa-develop mo na lang. While 2G lets you do the phone essentials like calls, texts, and basic Internet search, online surfing is limited because of the slower speed you might experience.


ALSO APPEARS AS: GSM, GPRS, G, EDGE, E


WHAT YOU CAN DO:  Call, text, some old-school surfing

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WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: Streaming videos might take forever.

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3G: Never Gonna Let You Down
When it comes to mobile data speed, a third generation (3G) network is every smart phone user’s standard. Whether it’s browsing through your favorite website, streaming a new song on Spinnr, or watching the latest Running Man viral video on YouTube, you can depend on your 3G network. Although it may have some limitations, like when downloading hi-res images and videos, it’s still very reliable—just like the friend you can always count on.


ALSO APPEARS AS: 3G, HSPA, HSPA+, H, H+


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Practically everything your smart phone was made to do – browse the Internet, stream music, watch videos, and so much more online.

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WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: It will take a while to download big files. Video streaming will be most likely be stuck in SD (standard definition).

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LTE: How Do I Live Without You?
Ah, the three letters that can make every smart phone user kilig to the bones. Long Term Evolution, more commonly known as LTE, is the latest standard in mobile data and is 6x faster than 3G. With LTE, everything is hi-res, hi-def and real-time – videos, photos, games, music, even Skype video calls! You can go #galawangbreezy on your downloads, too. Keep in mind, though, that the faster the internet is, the faster your data gets consumed! So when you’re on LTE, your data allocation might be finished faster. ;)

LTE technology is still growing in the country—more and more areas are being optimized for it. So how do you maximize your LTE power? Two things! Be sure that you’re in an LTE area (visit opensignal.com or your service provider’s site such as smart.com.ph/network to know if there’s LTE in your area); and syempre, that you own an LTE phone.


ALSO APPEARS AS: 4G


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Surf the net in ultrafast speeds of up to 42 mbps! That’s 6x as fast as 3G.

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WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: Put your phone down; because hey, fast Internet, dude!

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LTE-Advanced: I Want It That Way
When you thought nothing could top LTE, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) was launched in the mobile data market this year in Boracay by Smart Communications, Inc. Basically LTE with a turbo boost, LTE-A is the older brother who's got higher data speed thanks to "carrier aggregation," which is kinda like combining two or more data highways to create a mobile data superhighway. Imagine if you could multiply EDSA by two during rush-hour traffic. That will make travel time so much faster same with LTE-A. Availability is currently limited in the Philippine market—only few phones, like Saamsung S7 & S7 Edge, are LTE-A capable. But with the developments in the next generation of smart phones, you’ll get to enjoy its fastest speed soon enough.


ALSO APPEARS AS: 4.5G


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Enjoy internet speeds faster than 250 mbps as a single user! That means seamless streaming of HD videos or instant downloading of huge files.

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WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: Almost nothing, basically

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