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    What Does Just "G" Mean By Bars, not "3G" or "4G"?

    I have a Moto X1 and a few times I have looked down at the display and saw just a solitary G there. Once I was just finishing up a call and the other time no call in progress. Is there a manual somewhere that explains all this stuff?

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    It stands for GPRS, which is really slow 2G. Another, slightly faster, form of 2G is E (for EDGE). Often either type can be almost useless in terms of data. If lucky it'll load very basic things.

    When you saw it after a call, your phone probably switched from 3G/4G to 2G when you passed an area with very weak or non-existant 3G/4G coverage.
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    GPRS is still better than the older CSD (Circuit Switched Data) which was similar to dial up internet of the 80's and early 90's.
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    G mean Generation. Before ya know it we will have 5G.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheGadgets View Post
    G mean Generation. Before ya know it we will have 5G.
    Not in the OP's question. Thanks for trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veriztd View Post
    GPRS is still better than the older CSD (Circuit Switched Data) which was similar to dial up internet of the 80's and early 90's.
    Didn't CSD use your minutes instead of having a separate data bucket? From what I recall it required a phone number username and password, exactly like dial-up. and you had to connect and disconnect from it. it wasn't an always on data connection like Packet data.

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    How does GPRS compare to 1X which occasionally shows up (though never seems to actually work for any data)

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    Betulo: what's your carrier? 1X is probably a shortcut for 1X EV-DO, a 3G CDMA technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betulo View Post
    How does GPRS compare to 1X which occasionally shows up (though never seems to actually work for any data)
    They're pretty similar. If multiple users are trying to use it, sometimes it's just so slow that it times out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LouisR View Post
    Betulo: what's your carrier? 1X is probably a shortcut for 1X EV-DO, a 3G CDMA technology.
    Carrier is Net10 smart phone over Verizon.

    I live and work on the fringes of any kind of coverage and when it says 1X it usually means the signal is getting so weak or interfered that if you try to actually do anything it will fail.

    It pretty much has to be 3G or better to actually work.

    The "G" happens much less frequently, though I had never seen it before this phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betulo View Post
    Carrier is Net10 smart phone over Verizon.

    I live and work on the fringes of any kind of coverage and when it says 1X it usually means the signal is getting so weak or interfered that if you try to actually do anything it will fail.

    It pretty much has to be 3G or better to actually work.

    The "G" happens much less frequently, though I had never seen it before this phone.
    The G stands for GPRS which is a GSM technology, so you'll only see it when using GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T. 1X is a CDMA technology so you'll only see it on CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon. In terms of speed, 1X and GPRS are pretty similar. Can be useless in today's world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volaris View Post
    The G stands for GPRS which is a GSM technology, so you'll only see it when using GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T.
    Strange that this is a Verizon phone operating on Net10. It is 4G so it does have a SIM card but I doubt that makes it GSM in any way. Maybe it is a glitch in the display sometimes.

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