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Mobile phone shows 3G, H, H+, E and G in the bar - What does this mean?

Question by Translated Content | 26.11.2012 at 19:06

I have noticed a strange behavior on my mobile phone. Especially when I am on the mobile Internet, in the status bar at the top of the display, again and again hieroglyphic signs are changing. So far, I have seen the combinations "3G", "H", "H+", "E" and "G".

Can anyone tell me what this means? Some of the characters are changing very quickly from time to time, but it seems to have no effect otherwise.

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You do not need to worry about this signs. The signs stand for the network and the standard by which you are currently on the network.

You should know, that as time went on, better standards for mobile phone networks have been developed which were notably faster than their predecessors. Depending on where you are, how your phone is set and the other circumstances, your phone uses different of these standards. The standard by which you are currently logged on, is then displayed in the status bar on your phone.

First, there was only the GSM network, then there were improvements of the GSM network, finally the newer and faster UMTS network, and again improvements of it. The faster UMTS network is not yet available everywhere, so, often you have to go over the older and slower GSM network even today.

About the abbreviations:

  • G stands for GPRS and is the slowest standard, used is the GSM network (2G).
  • E is an extension of GPRS, it is called EDGE and it is correspondingly a little faster, but still uses the old GSM network (2G).
  • 3G stands for UMTS and is the successor to the GSM network and faster.
  • H and H+ are standing for HSPA and HSPA+. Both use the UMTS network, where H is faster than 3G and H+ is faster than H.
  • 4G stands for LTE and is the fastest.

I wrote a little info on the subject that contrasts the different transmission standards and networks more precisely: Difference between GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA and LTE.
26.11.2012 at 19:42

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So very well explained... Short and sweet... Explained from a layman's perspective... Liked it...
23.04.2013 at 23:56

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Thanks for this preciseness E tinker.it was very helpful and I feel much better about my service now.
30.05.2013 at 15:58

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@E-tinker. You are the man! Beautifully said. A1 is your score. I really wany to Thank you for this piece. Stay blessed dude!
11.07.2013 at 05:01

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Now there's a sliding scale that's easy to understand and useful to know, good work tinker :)
13.07.2013 at 00:40

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I really wany to thank u for very well explained Short and good information.

Thanks a lot
22.07.2013 at 06:16

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Short, sweet and precise!! Thanks for the info!! xD
08.09.2013 at 21:16

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Mr. E-Tinker thanks for the info........ Nicely explained. Now I have the clear picture.............. :)
30.10.2013 at 08:52

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Its has really helped and cleared my concept all the signs shown on network tower and its meanings explained so nicely...well done bro!
02.12.2013 at 14:26

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Thank you for the detailed explanation of the difference of each one, cos me, myself don't really know what all these means. And my nephew was asking me about it since he got his Motorola Droid XT912 I sent him back home in the Philippines. He can use it without tweaking the phone since it's a global phone. Thanks again.
23.12.2013 at 15:30

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Thanks Tinker!!!! Your explanation was precise and to the point. I used to wonder why my mobile internet sign keeps on changing to E, H, H+, and 3G. Thanks again for this wonderful explanation. :)
25.05.2014 at 09:32

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Good explanations buddy. Keep helping the people who actually requires. Thanks for now. And I will ask for lot doubts. Don't hesitate. Thanks once again.
25.06.2014 at 08:40

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@E-Tinker - Good info. But it dont connects to google play and other apps. while it connects to internet..!! What to do?
19.06.2013 at 18:09

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Curious problem. Please open a new topic and give us more information about the issue, otherwise it is hard to find a solution.

Maybe, restarting your mobile device can help, another reason might be that you have a poor signal (google play needs many data to transfer) - there can be several reasons responsible for that.
28.06.2013 at 14:46

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Thank you great help. I am a novice and panic when I see an unusual sign in case it is going to cost me money!
20.08.2013 at 17:42

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I recently noted a R over t bars. What does R stand for?
21.09.2013 at 21:22

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A R in the status bar usually means that your mobile is in Roaming Mode. That means, you are not connected to your usual network of your provider. 

This can happen, for example, if you are abroad and the phone is connecting to another mobile network that is available there.
22.09.2013 at 17:31

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Really useful answer in all matters. I m verry verry happpppy with ur all answers. Gooooood job. Keep it up. Jai hind.
12.11.2013 at 08:59

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My mobile is showing H+ network on 2G data plans. Is there any use with 3G data plans, which r more expensive than 2G plans.
23.11.2013 at 08:19

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Usually, if you only had paid for the 2G speed, you can nevertheless use the 3G network - but the speed is limited to 2G.
23.11.2013 at 11:46

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I got a 3g net pack but it is still showing "E" and the speed also is very poor bth my phn n sim are 3g pls hlp.
16.02.2014 at 20:02

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Even though you updated your carrier to 3G, it shows you "E" which is 2G when you are in a area/place/cellar where 3G signals are not reachable/available. Then your carrier automatically goes to 2G(E).
09.07.2014 at 07:34

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And what does L stand for? Does it stand for LTE? And now I have to make sure my comment is long enough.
15.03.2014 at 18:45

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Never heard about a L in the status bar - but of course, the symbols can differ from phone model to phone model.

So if L is an indication for the Internet speed (perhaps, it could also be a sign from an other app), it would probably stand for LTE although normally 4G is the symbol for LTE. Or it is standing for W-(L)AN or (L)ocal.
16.03.2014 at 02:36

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Man what an answer simply liked it. I will definitely bring you my future problems related to the phone networks, but one question though i have that is how can you understand if your provider gives you unlimited data usage or not, such as the Lyca mobile has recently offered unlimited data usage for a price but i read on the internet that they will drop it to 128kbps after 10GB of usage. so was wondering if you have any solution for this. Thanks
08.05.2014 at 15:04

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Please open a new topic for each new questions, otherwise it is hard to find answers and the answers cannot help other people who are searching for them.

About the thing with your provider: Most providers are limitting the traffic after usage of a specific amount of data. That's common.

Of course, if they do not communicate this, I think this is not legally. So good changes for your lawyers...
08.05.2014 at 22:02

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Thank for information... I am confused about H+.. My Mobile showing H+ on network bar when i connect mobile data.
13.05.2014 at 12:42

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Summary:

SymbolNameGenerationDownSpeedDate
GGPRS2G0.055 Mb/s2000
EEDGE2.5G0.218 Mb/s2006
3G3G3G0.384 Mb/s2003
HHSDPA3.5G7.2 Mb/s2006
H+HSDPA+3.75G42 Mb/s2011
LTELTE/4G4G100 Mb/s2013

30.05.2014 at 11:29

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That's weird because my phone runs slowest when it says H and only works when it says LTE and barely works when it says 3G. For internet.
10.06.2014 at 05:14

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