Status Symbols: Decoding your Mobile Phone’s Status Bar Icons

Remember when all you knew about your cell phone was the number of bars you were filling on that little staircase and how many tiny slices of battery you had left? Devices these days broadcast what seems like a novel’s worth of hieroglyphics in the status bar atop their screens, but it’s only really helpful if you know what those symbols mean.

Below you’ll find some common status bar symbols and what they stand for. You won’t find every symbol on every Straight Talk compatible phone, but if you do, we hope this helps!

We’ll start with some high-speed data connection symbols. With Straight Talk’s $45 monthly #unlimited plan, you can use these speedy connections for 5GB of high-speed data then 2G* per 30 day cycle. What can a person do with 5GB of high-speed data? You can stream music for approximately 40 hours! You can do lots of other things with data, too, like send emails or upload a photo to social media. The symbols below help tell you the speed, or quality, of your connection, while your Straight Talk plan tells you how much data you can send over the network at high speeds.

*At 2G speeds, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. Please refer always to the Terms and Conditions of Service at

4G stands for 4th Generation cellular data connection. LTE is one of several types of 4G connections. Seeing either 4G or 4GLTE† means your Internet connection is super fast – about as fast as your home computer using a Wi-Fi connection.

✓ High Speed

Cellular Data

†To get 4G LTE speed, you must have a 4G LTE capable device and 4G LTE SIM. Actual availability, coverage and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.


H and H+ stand for HSPA (High Speed Packet Access). It’s faster than 3G and fast enough to groove out on YouTube.

✓ High Speed

✓ Cellular Data


3G stands for 3rd Generation cellular data connection. This is high-speed data that lets you browse the Internet with ease and even stream music.

✓ High Speed

✓ Cellular Data


These symbols represent earlier generations of cellular data connections. They are fast enough to send text messages over the Internet on apps like WhatsApp.

✓ Cellular Data


This is your Wi-Fi symbol. It’s the technology that lets you connect to the Internet wirelessly at home, in a coffee shop or any other place with Wi-Fi set up. Even airplanes have Wi-Fi these days! It’s great to check and see if you can get a Wi-Fi signal when you’re browsing the Internet or streaming music because it doesn’t add to your monthly cellular data usage.

✓ High Speed


GPS, or Location Service, uses satellites to triangulate exactly where you are on planet Earth. It helps your navigation app get you where you’re going with ease, and doesn’t add to your cellular data usage either.


Your Bluetooth technology is working! While the Bluetooth earpieces of yesteryear are mercifully fading out of fashion, there are lots of devices that your phone can communicate with using this radio wave technology. It will connect to any nearby device equipped with the right computer chip – from speakers to basketballs. This is another cool technology your phone may have that doesn’t add to your monthly data usage.


Cellular strength! Your bars represent how well you can make and receive phone calls. Full bars don’t always mean you have a good cellular data connection, but it does mean you can call your friendly Straight Talk customer service team if you have any more questions!

As always, you can visit our social media pages and get straightforward answers from the Straight Talk team as well.