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What is mobile data? The complete foxing guide

Mobile data, a.k.a. cellular data, is any information sent or received by your phone over the internet via your cellular network. Mobile data is what allows you access to all of your apps, the internet, social media or your email no matter where you’re located–even if your local cafe has banned Wi-Fi to “make people... Read more

What is mobile data on Android?

Whether you have an Android or other device, mobile data is any info your phone sends or receives over the internet when not connected to Wi-Fi. It’s what lets you like posts (or pointedly ignore them), put your food pics on Instagram Stories, stream 10 episodes in a row, be real on BeReal and more.... Read more

What is an eSIM?

A SIM, short for Subscriber Identity Module, is a unique identifier inside every cellular device that helps wireless service providers to know the user’s assigned phone number. Sort of like a thumbprint for your phone number. As with all technology, SIMs have evolved over time. In order to minimize the space occupied by physical SIM cards,... Read more

What is background app refresh?

What does background app refresh mean? Ever notice when Google Maps sends your ETA before you step foot in your car? Or when Spotify alerts you about an album release you didn’t know about? You can thank background app refresh. Background app refresh is a smartphone feature that allows apps to idle in the background... Read more

What is a SIM card and what does it do?

If you’re one of the millions of people who have owned a cell phone in the last several years, you may already have experience with a SIM card. But a lot has changed in the last couple of decades, and in many cases “Does your phone have a SIM card?” is no longer a simple... Read more

SMS vs MMS: What’s the difference?

Whether you’re texting your mom, your ex or your food delivery person, you’ve probably heard or seen the terms SMS and MMS pop up before. But when comparing SMS vs MMS, what’s the difference between the two?  You typically use SMS messages for when you want to send texts and only texts, while MMS is... Read more

What is APN?

While playing around with your phone, you may have run into the term APN settings. So what the f*! is APN? (we said fox.) These settings allow your phone to interface with your wireless provider. They are usually used when your wireless provider is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator)…you know, like us. Any time... Read more

What is 5G? Allow us to explain

It seems nowadays everywhere you look there’s an ad from a wireless company mentioning their 5G. If you’re used to paying for service from big wireless, hearing something that sounds like “5 Gs” may make you think of monthly bills, but 5G is actually the newest generation of wireless technology (5G stands for “fifth generation”).... Read more

All you need to know about 5G vs 4G

This year, the 3G shutdown is happening to make room for 4G and 5G frequencies. With these recent events, you might be wondering what exactly 4G and 5G are–and what’s the difference between them? Put simply, 4G and 5G are the latest generations of mobile communication. 4G is the fourth (hence the name) generation and... Read more