What those icons on your iPhone REALLY mean – including the mysterious ‘E’

IPHONES has a lot of random symbols so it’s pretty hard to keep up with them all.

Except, they’re not random at all, and make sense – especially if you want to really understand what your connection is all about.

What does E even mean?


What does E even mean?Credit: Alamy

Some are more obvious, like 5G, 4G and 3G, but what about the mysterious E or even 5G UC?

What does 5G / 4G / 3G mean?

These are the most common network speeds you should see on your iPhone.

5G is the latest generation of connectivity, so you’ll be the winner if it shows up, as you’ll get the fastest data you could possibly hope for.

4G is still the main connection speed, when strong, everything is done at a fairly reasonable speed.

3G is old generation and quite slow, you won’t get data-hungry tasks like streaming video with this device.

What does the E symbol mean?

E is never good news.

It stands for EDGE (which itself means Enhanced Data Rate for the Evolution of GSM).

To the ordinary folk, it stands for extremely slow speeds that make it difficult to load a web page.

Technically, we’re looking at speeds from 120Kbps to 384Kbps, which is really slow.

What does 5G E mean?

5G E stands for 5G Evolution – but don’t be fooled.

It was started by the US network AT&T, led by 5G and actually not 5G but 4G.

Other networks in the United States have supported it, complaining that it is false advertising.

AT&T has since started offering true 5G, so you don’t really see the 5G E band anymore.

What does GPRS mean?

GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Service.

It indicates the absolute slowest you can get on your phone.

What does LTE mean?

LTE stands for Long-Term Evolution.

It’s a kind of 4G technology, but in terms of speed it’s a bit slow compared to full 4G.

However, it is still faster than the speed of 3G.

What is 5G+?

5G+ is another AT&T network, used to differentiate between its 5G version and others.

What is 5G UW?

UW stands for Ultra Wideband.

The American company Verizon takes on 5G, using the so-called high-band network.

What is 5G UC?

UC stands for Super Power.

It’s basically another variant of 5G connectivity.



IphoneCredit: PA

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