If you use your smartphone to connect to the internet and access social networks, you should probably know that there are 4G, 3G, and 2G networks. The noticeable difference between these networks is the connection speed and, consequently, the variation in the consumption of the data packet. The following will explain each one and teach you how to set up your Android according to the network you want to use.
The 2G Network was deployed in the 1990s and primarily uses the Global System for Mobile Communications or the Global System for Mobile Communications (the famous GSM). It provides the necessary tools for the operators and is the main feature of conversation.
Even with the implementation of the so called 2.5G, which is equivalent to GPRS (General packet radio service) and offers speeds up to 114 kbps, and the 2.75G that uses the EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) standard and offers an average of speed of traffic of 400 Kbps, nowadays with the smartphones the 2G is not used much, since this network does not offer good speed for the frequent use of internet.
It is the most popular network among people who use internet in the world. 3G mainly uses WCDMA (Wide-Band Code-Divison Multiple Access) or CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technologies, which are technology standards to provide superior Internet speeds.
The 4G is the network that offers the highest speed of data traffic and uses LTE technology – Long Term Evolution. State-of-the-art smartphones and tablets have been factory-configured to connect to 4G, which has a similar speed to WiFi networks and ensures more mobility of access.
We have already spoken at the beginning of this article that the main difference between these networks is speed. Therefore, we know that the higher the transmission speed, the higher the consumption of the data packet. The big balcony is that you can choose which network you want to use and configure your smartphone, saving your mobile internet package.
- On your Android, enter settings.
- Then click on Mobile Networks.
- Then select the connection type.
– LTE: stands for Long Term Evolution and is the name given to 4G networks.
– WCDMA: stands for Wide-Band Code-Divison Multiple Access and is the name given to the 3G network.
– GSM: stands for Global System for Mobile Communications and is the name given to the 2G network.
After selecting the network, your smartphone will know which type of network you can (or do not) connect to.