The digital landscape we both work and play in has come a long way in recent years, with the majority of traffic moving away from desktop and on to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. According to some data, mobile traffic globally reached over 68% of all web traffic, up nearly 63% from 2019. With this trend expected to continue, many in the industry are looking towards Mobile proxies and 4G proxies for help.
In this guide, we’ll take you down the rabbit hole of 4G mobile proxies (and you won’t even have to swallow a blue or red pill like Neo). So lace up or kick back and let’s dive right on in…
What Is A Mobile Proxy?
You already use mobile IP addresses every time you go online with your smartphone or tablet. But did you know that you can rent/lease mobile and 4G proxies to hide your true IP address from the prying eyes of third parties?
Mobile proxies offer a real mobile IP address over a 3G or 4G connection. These proxies can be assigned to mobile devices…but they don’t have to be. Mobile proxy networks work by making available (and in some cases rotating) IP addresses used to connect and/or forward traffic through mobile-connected devices on 3 or 4G cellular networks.
One of the most advantageous aspects of a mobile proxy is that you can leverage a REAL mobile IP address for use with software, SEO tools, automation apps, and more. Mobile proxies are notoriously hard to distinguish from actual mobile IP addresses and offer a superior level of anonymity, privacy and security for the user…in this case, that’s you 😊.
Are There Different Types of Mobile Proxies?
When searching for the best mobile proxies you may have come across a few different types or names:
• Cellular or mobile proxies (generic terminology) • 3G Proxies • 4G Proxies • LTE Proxies
Mobile or cellular proxies is just a generic term that encompasses all types of mobile proxies.
3G is an old cellular network that is largely out of use, but still prevalent in rural areas and in less developed nations. This type of connection is slower and less reliable.
4G Proxies and LTE Proxies are the same, with the names being used interchangeably. Long Term Evolution (LTE) is simply a technological standard of mobile communications. LTE proxies are faster than their 3G counterparts, and the most preferred type.
What is The Best Mobile Proxy?
The best mobile proxy can be a bit subjective depending on your intended use case, but let’s break down what makes a proxy (and its provider) the ‘best’.
Security: Mobile proxies should offer a robust level of security and peace of mind that your information, activities and data are secure from prying eyes.
Reliability: Reliability is paramount when it comes to proxies. This is one area where many service providers *we’re looking at you competition* fall short.
Performance: Performance is important, helping you get more done faster with a consistency you can count on day in and day out.
Speed: As mentioned, 4G reigns supreme as far as speed is concerned.
Support: You want to know that if issues arise, you’ll be well taken care of. Technology is great, but when things go wrong it can cause one heck of a headache.
Setup/Ease of Use: Complications, additional software and other hurdles make life more difficult than it needs to be. Our proxies come ready for use right out of the box.
Pricing: Pricing is tricky. The proxy industry has always had a ‘race to the bottom’ mentality, often resulting in shoddy performance and subpar products and service. You don’t need to break the bank here, but you also shouldn’t be after the ‘cheapest’ provider. *Hint* - there’s a reason why they are so cheap, and its not because of the quality.
At the end of the day, our (admittedly) biased opinion is that our 4G proxies are best.
Why Do You Need Mobile Proxies?
In case you need a reminder of how much your privacy is invaded upon, this is your wake-up call. Every site you visit or interact with be it manually or by way of software, is tracking your every move and logging data and information about your connection.
Everything from the actual IP address attached to your physical device to browser fingerprinting. This information isn’t just unnecessary to share, it can, in some cases, be used against you.
In others, it can be used to restrict or limit access. Do you really want to expose your online activity and data to another party? Perhaps even a competitor?
Avoid Frustrating CAPTCHAs
Google and other big sites are notorious for hitting you with the annoyingly hard to solve CAPTCHA. If CAPTCHAs are putting a damper on your online activity, 4G mobile proxies can help. Big sites like Google and Facebook log IP addresses and ‘flag’ them for what they consider ‘suspicious’ or ‘unnatural’ activity. Too many logins, an unreasonable amount of page views in a short window of time, and actions taken by bots or web scrapers are notorious for getting accounts banned or IPs blocked. A mobile proxy solves this issue, providing you with a fresh, clean and trusted IP address that will pass even the highest levels of scrutiny with flying colors.
Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts
Whether for personal or business use, many of us have several social media accounts per platform. Generally speaking, this is against the TOS (terms of service) for most sites, and can result in account lockout or suspensions. Facebook, Twitter and the like regularly flag and ban IP addresses they consider to be risky. This makes managing your own or client social accounts a challenge.
Access to Information: kick censorship to the curb
We believe information should be free and accessible to everyone, not just when a government or political body says it’s ‘ok’. If you do too, 4G mobile proxies can side skirt efforts made to only show information to visitors coming from a certain GEO or region. For example, many gambling players and even cryptocurrency traders use proxies to access international accounts.
NO Cookie for You!
Cookies are pieces of information stored about you and your preferences. Although often harmless, sometimes they can be used against you. Mobile proxies offer a reliable solution, caching cookies for your connection/session, but keeping them private vs forwarding them on to you. TLDR; you get to enjoy all the benefits of cookies (such as preferences) without worrying about privacy issues.
Price Comparison: always get the best deal
Sneaky advertisers and eCommerce sites often display DIFFERENT prices to a visitor depending on how their site is accessed, what device they are using, and where (geographic location) that visitor is coming from. For example, some sites charge higher fees to first-world visitors such as those from the USA, CA, UK and AU, while charging less to those from developing nations. In other cases, first-time visitors may be offered a ‘new customer’ discount whereas repeat visitors aren’t.
Go Mobile and Get More Done!
With more than half of the internet’s traffic having gone mobile, it only makes sense that your proxies should too.
In many cases, mobile 4G proxies offer serious advantages over traditional ‘landline’ proxies, and may even be better suited for accessing certain sites and information (especially social media sites).
Are you ready to ‘mobile-ize’? Have questions about what our proxies are best used for or what they are compatible with?
Need a custom package? Reach out. Our team is dedicated to helping you get more done with mobile proxies that are fast, safe, secure and reliable.