3G stands for Third Generation wireless technology. It means you can access blisteringly fast Internet, video and CD-quality music services.
There is nothing worse than slow, syrupy Internet . Try the following:
- Check your phone is 3G compatible by going to www.gsmarena.com
- Search for your phone and select make and model
- Check that under General it says your phone has 2G and 3G network access
- If your phone only has 2G access you will only be able to access the GPRS and EDGE network - sorry!
- If your phone has 3G access, you're good to go!
- A notebook, PC, 3G or GPRS compatible phone, modem, router or MiFi device
- The phone and PC may be connected by a cable, infrared port or Bluetooth
- There are also external 3G and GPRS modems, routers or MiFi devices which can be connected to your computer via USB ports
- An active SIM card (You will know this because a chargeable phone call has been made)
- A positive airtime balance (Money in the bank)
- No barring (RICA or otherwise)
GPRS is charged based on the amount of data transferred. We charge at 60c a meg - a bargain in GPRS circles!
What will happen if you wish to answer the call received during your data transfer via an infrared connection?
- The network provides voice preference over data therefore the internet connection will be suspended
- As soon as the voice call disconnects, the 3G or GPRS session continues
Not at all!
- You can use 3G and GPRS through your phone to browse WAP pages
- You can connect your PC to the Internet through a 3G or GPRS enabled phone
- 3G or GPRS can also be used for synchronising bases, checking bank accounts, emails etc.
There are a number of reasons why 3G is awesome:
- Being able to move anywhere and still get an Internet signal is the main advantage of GPRS
- You can get a GPRS signal throughout the whole territory covered by the WCDMA/GSM network
- You can access the Internet anywhere you can get a Cell C Network signal
- 3G is limited to most major metropolis areas in South Africa like Jo’burg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth. If you are out of 3G range, you will automatically access the GPRS/EDGE network
There are a number of reasons why your service may be faster or slower than others':
- The speed of data transfer is governed by your phone's specs.
- Our network allows a transfer speed of 53.6 kbit for GPRS.
- Our 3G speed is not yet confirmed but be aware not all phones can handle the fastest speeds.
- Speed can also be influenced by your location in relation to the base station. If you're in an area with bad signal quality, this can affect your Internet speeds.
The good news is that all the latest generation phones are 3G/GPRS compatible. If you’re still rolling with a cellphone the size of a brick, we would strongly suggest you upgrade.
For a full list of compatible phones, visit www.gsmarena.com but quite honestly there’s nothing to worry about.
Most definitely! Just remember to check with our Customer Care Centre before you leave, as licences differ for voice, SMS and data.
Please note that 3G is dependent on the country you are visiting as not all networks allow for 3G roaming.
Oh yes you can! The great thing about 3G and GPRS is that your communication channels are always free - the only way you can miss a call while on the Internet is if you really don't want to talk to whoever's phoning you.
You can easily switch from talking to 3G or GPRS and vice versa.
Don't panic! We'll have this sorted in no time.
First, check if you are using a 3G compatible phone. If you are, perform a manual network search to see if you are in an area with 3G coverage. Remember to make sure the phone is set to Dual Mode/WCDMA preferred.
If you are not able to connect to 3G, you should:
- Check you’ve got airtime
- Check your signal strength
- Reboot your phone if necessary
If you're worried you're not getting the most out of your 3G connection, check the following things:
- Your signal strength
- Confirm your device class
- Be a little patient! Sometimes congestion on the network can affect speeds.
Yet another thing you don’t need to worry about. Your Virgin Mobile SIM is your one-way ticket to Internet freedom. As long as your phone is 3G compatible and you have 3G coverage you are good to go.
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a new high-speed wireless data standard with higher capacity and coverage in areas where there's no ADSL infrastructure. LTE, also known as 4G, offers you faster download and upload speeds compared to 2G and 3G networks. With LTE, you will notice an improved experience in downloading, video streaming and online gaming. LTE gives speeds of up to 69Mbps download and up to 25Mbps upload. Get the better data experience with network-enhanced quality.
In areas where there is no LTE coverage, your device will automatically connect to the 2G or 3G network. The handover is seamless and no connectivity issues will be experienced.
LTE Advanced promises to deliver true 4G speeds, unlike current LTE networks. You can expect the speed of LTE Advanced to be up to a maximum of 100Mbps. Although the term "4G" is an official yet nonbinding standard set by bodies, such as the International Telecommuncation Union (ITU), it has since been commandeered by Network Operators. What most network operators refer to as "4G" today is perhaps more accurately called "super 3G or 3.9G". It satisfies some of the 4G requirements that the ITU set, but not all of them.
4G, also known as Next Generation Network "NGN", is an evolution from the 3G technology offering significant improvement on data rates, performance, quality of service, security and support for multimedia services, making broadband internet to be truly mobile.