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GPRS, or General Packet Radio Service, is a mobile network technology that allows data transmission over GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks. Introduced as an evolution of the GSM system in the late 1990s, GPRS enables users to send and receive data efficiently by using data packets instead of a continuous connection. This optimizes the use of the radio spectrum and allows for greater efficiency in network resource utilization.

In everyday life, GPRS revolutionized the use of mobile devices by enabling access to internet services, email, and other data-intensive applications. For example, a user can utilize GPRS to send and receive emails, browse web pages, and use instant messaging applications via their mobile phone or device, ever since BlackBerry introduced it as a standard in their mobile devices. GPRS paved the way for greater connectivity and the spread of advanced mobile services that have now become the norm.

In Switzerland, the GPRS network was implemented by all mobile network operators to improve the data transfer capacity of GSM networks. This GPRS technology was later surpassed by more advanced technologies such as 3G, 4G, and 5G. After playing a crucial role in the transition to high-speed mobile connectivity in the country, it was phased out between 2019 and 2023. Today, Switzerland is at the forefront of mobile telecommunications technologies, offering extensive mobile coverage and innovative services that enhance everyday life and the country's digital economy.

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