Faster data transfer: EDGE and GPRS

EDGE and GPRS are technologies for data transmission within the framework of 2nd generation mobile communications.

EDGE and GPRS: What's behind them?

EDGE stands for Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution. It describes a packet-switched type of data transmission (splitting longer messages into smaller packets, each containing different information) and is an extension of the GSM network that serves to increase the data transmission rate. EDGE is also used colloquially as a synonym for 2G, although technically they are two different things.

GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Service and is a connection technology of the second generation mobile network (2G). It is the basis for numerous cell phone functions that go beyond telephony, such as sending SMS, MMS or for mobile Internet. However, it has now been replaced by UMTS or HSDPA in many areas, as this enables higher speeds when surfing the Internet, for example.

GPRS is automatically used by cell phones when UMTS is not available. It is available almost everywhere and is particularly reliable, which is why it is still widely used in machine-to-machine communication / M2M applications. At wherever SIM , we offer our customers suitable SIM cards for M2M applications.