What on earth is GPRS? To understand what GPRS is we first have to look back at what GSM is.
GSM, 2G or Global Systems for Mobile Communications is one of the leading digital mobile systems. It is basically a wireless technology that makes use of a SIM card to identify the user’s account and allows you to store contact numbers. GSM networks are brilliant for voice calls but are limited when it comes to sending and receiving data due to a technology called Circuit Switched Data (CSD) that transfers the data. To transfer data the CSD has to make a connection to a network before it can transfer data which is relatively low.
Now you know what GSM is, GPRS or General Packet Radio Service is basically a method of enhancing 2G networks enabling them to receive and send data more quickly. GPRS is now available on most phones but GPRS is a part of a series of technology that is designed to make 2G networks move closer to 3G networks. 3G networks have the ability to transfer large amounts of data at very high speeds allowing you to use video call, browser the web, download videos, check emails etc. 3G is available on most smartphones out today and different networks or service providers offer different data plans that are suitable for you.
The question now is ‘When are we going to get 4G?’