How to Boost the Internet Speed on an EDGE Phone

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How to Boost the Internet Speed on an EDGE Phone
Moving around to pull a signal from different cell phone towers can increase speed. (cell phone tower image by Stephen VanHorn from

EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) phones use the Enhanced Data GSM Environment protocol instead of 3G or 4G networks. EDGE networks are used when mobile phones do not support 3G or 4G or when other networks are not available. An EDGE network is not as fast as a 3G network; however, there are adjustments you can make to boost the speed on an EDGE phone.

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    Reboot your cell phone and open only the Internet on the phone. When multiple applications and programs are used at once, the phone's processor will slow down.

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    Download and try different mobile Internet browsers. Different types of browsers require more Internet bandwidth with than others. Finding a browser with a smaller bandwidth requirement will allow you to search and load sites faster.

  3. 3

    Look at your phone's signal bars. If you are not getting a strong signal, move around to find the best signal. Move toward a window or outside to try to boost the signal. Move away from large electronic devices. Strong electromagnetic fields weaken the cell phone signal. Metal buildings can also lower signal strength when you are inside.

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    Install a cell phone signal booster. These are antennas that increase a phone's signal strength. They are small adhesive stickers that can be placed inside or outside the phone's battery compartment. Cell phone signal boosters are available at most electronic stores and some retail stores.

  5. 5

    Open one page and download one item at a time. This will minimise the use of the bandwidth. Every page you open requires a certain amount of bandwidth to view and run that page. Downloaded items are the same. It may seem like you are saving time opening everything at once or downloading all at one time, but doing this will bog down your browser and make the downloads and page loads take much longer.

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    Disable images in the browser. Open your Internet browser and select "Tools." Locate the content settings. Uncheck the box for "Load Images Automatically." Images and video can use up massive amounts of bandwidth. When this option is disabled, you will have to manually select an image you wish to load, but no images will load when a website loads.

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    Reduce your use of games, instant messaging or chat features. Do not use these features while downloading or using a search engine. Instant messaging, games and chat features are a massive drain on bandwidth.

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