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Difference between GSM and GPRS
  • Last Updated : 05 Mar, 2021

1. Global Systems for Mobile (GSM) :
GSM is a cellular standard for mobile phone communications to cater to voice services and data delivery using digital modulation where SMS has a profound effect on society. It is the standard-bearer of the 2G technologies. GSM is a circuit-switched network. In GSM billing is based on the duration of the connection. It does not allow direct connection to the internet. SMS (Short Messaging Service) is one of the popular features. It is used in almost all countries and provides its services to a large set of users.

2. General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) :
GPRS is an up-gradation of GSM features over the basic features to obtain much higher data speeds and simple wireless access to packet data networks than standard GSM. It is the standard-bearer of the 2.5G technologies. GPRS is a packet-switched network. In GPRS, billing is based on the amount of data transferred. It allows direct connection to the internet. MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is one of the popular features. It can not be offered to all countries as it is confined to developed areas with a proper network connection.

Difference between GSM and GPRS :

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GPRS

1.GSM stands for Global Systems for Mobile.GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Service.
2.GSM is a cellular standard for mobile phone communications to cater to voice services and data delivery using digital modulation where SMS has a profound effect on society.GPRS is an up-gradation of GSM features over the basic features to obtain much higher data speeds and simple wireless access to packet data networks than standard GSM.
3.System generation is 2G.System generation is 2.5G.
4.The frequency bands used in the GSM system are 900 and 1800 MHz.The frequency bands used in the system are 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHZ.
5.The type of connection is a circuit-switched network.Here the type of connection is a packet-switched network.
6.It provides data rates of 9.6 kbps.It provides data rates of 14.4 to 115.2 kbps.
7.In GSM billing is based on the duration of the connection.In GPRS billing is based on the features amount of data transferred.
8.It does not allow direct connection to the internet.It allows direct connection to the internet.
9.It is based on system TDMA.It is based on system GSM.
10.In GSM, single time slot is allotted to a single user.In GPRS, multiple time slots can be allotted to a single user.
11.It takes long time to connect.It provides faster connection.
12.In this location area concept is used.In this routing area concept is used.
13.SMS (Short Messaging Service) is one of the popular features.MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is one of the popular features.

 

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