What you can actually do with 2G
We live in the era of speed where everyone is in a hurry and things have to be done ASAP. (We have even developed an acronym in order to cut down a longer expression, who has time for entire words, right?). That is why whenever we hear about something that will be slowing us down, like throttled data, we get the urge to knock on wood. There are a lot of things people don’t know about this, for example, what you can actually do with 2G & the magic apps that will save you, if needed.
Also, on a more personal note, we need to take things a little bit slower and loosen up. Keeping this in mind, it’s only fair to say that we have enough phobias and throttled data should not be one of them.
First of all let’s see what throttled data is
If your data speed is throttled, it means your internet speed is limited, working slower than usual. This happens once you used up your plan’s data amount.
If you are a Tello client your 4G LTE data speed will be throttled to 2G (64kbs speed). You can still benefit from 4G LTE speed if you renew your data plan, upgrade to a new plan with a higher data balance or add Pay As You Go balance.
2G/3G/4G – What do they mean?
It might seem confusing, but it’s really simple, the “G” letter after the number refers to the generation. In other words, 2G is the generation that came before 3G and 3G is the generation that came before 4G.
The main difference between them is that the newer generations have faster data transfer than the older ones. Of course, there are still other factors to take into consideration when talking about speed, but that’s another story.
What you can actually do with 2G
Data speed is throttled, now what? It’s time to make smart decisions. And by that we mean using the data in a calculated, rational way, like grown ups.
Lite apps could be a solution for this. Giants like Facebook, Google and others want people to use their service in any giving situation so they have created lite version of their apps. The lite version or light version doesn’t have as many features available as the original app which makes it perfect for low-speed data plans.
Here are some of the most popular lite apps used nowadays:
In August 2009, Facebook rolled out a “lite” version of the site, optimized for users on slower data connections. At first, the service was operational for only eight months, but in June 2015, this feature was reintroduced as an app with a total size of less than 1MB, focusing on markets where internet access is slow or limited. Today, Facebook Lite is an official app which allows its social network clients to browse without missing out on practically any of the basic features.
After a big success with Facebook Lite, the giant company created a light app for Messenger as well. Messenger Lite came out in October 2016 and with less than 10MB to install, it enables you to save storage space on your phone. It loads fast, runs efficiently and uses less mobile data.
The app works everywhere and it is designed to reach people when you’re in an area with a slow or unstable internet connection.
Same as the other apps this is a lightweight, 5MB Google search app. As you’ve probably guessed by now, it’s a search app that allows you to discover what’s popular and trending. You can set a second language to switch your search results to or from at any time. It also helps you save time by using your voice to say what you’re looking for. You can even tap on “Images” or “GIFs” to find the best photos and animated greetings to liven up your chats.
Twitter presents its app as a faster, data-friendly way to see what’s happening in the world right now. It loads quickly – fast and light (under 1MB), and takes up less space on your phone. It has a smart feature which lets you control your data by turning on “data saver mode”. You can benefit from push notifications, you can access it offline (keep reading loaded content even if your network cuts out) and of course you can enjoy safe web browsing.
Of course, there are other apps out there that let you send instant messages to your loved ones without needing a lot of data, so make sure to choose what best suits you.
And on that note, let’s not forget about music, life would be so dull without it, right? You won’t be able to watch videos when your data is throttled but you can always listen to radio.
Next time your data gets throttled, don’t panic! You know what you can actually do with 2G and you’ve learned about Lite apps. Give them a chance, who knows, you might even like them more than the original ones.
More good news comes from Tello: once you’ve used up your 3G/4G data, you can enjoy unlimited 2G. However, if you want to enjoy the 4G speed you can renew or upgrade your plan anytime with no extra fees. The change is instant, and your remaining balance will roll over for the next 30 days.