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October 08, 2021
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What is a Mobile Proxy?

Residential proxies, datacenter proxies, ISP proxies, mobile proxies... So many proxy types offer different features and benefits. And boy, oh boy, we understand ya. Choosing your go-to type can become quite tough. However, knowledge is the key – that's why we want to tell everything you need to know about mobile proxies.

Oh, and almost forgot. Stay till the end – we have a secret to share!

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What is a mobile proxy?

Yep, you might have already guessed it – mobile proxies should have something to do with mobile devices. And you're right. A mobile proxy is an intermediary server that accepts and forwards connection requests and returns data for those requests. Yet, it stands out as it sends traffic via mobile devices.

Mobile proxies provide only real IP addresses. It means, a mobile proxy shows you as a legitimate user in the assigned country. Dope, right?

Oh, and there's one detail you shouldn't sleep on. You see, mobile devices must be connected to mobile carriers, such as Comcast, T-Mobile, or Sprint, and run on mobile data. So, a device running on Wi-Fi is a residential proxy, not a mobile proxy.

What makes mobile proxies so epic?

Mobile proxy services are often seen as the GOAT. But why, tho?

Firstly, here's a question: have you eva heard of IPv4? If the answer is negative, don’t sweat, we’re here for ya! IPv4 is an Internet Protocol (IP) that establishes connections between devices and supports around 4.3 billion unique IP addresses.

That may sound on point; still, there’s a setback. Mobile carriers entered the market when most of the IPs had already been distributed. With the residue, they had no unique IPs left to assign to each of their customers. Yikes.

That’s when CGNAT technology came into the picture. CGNAT allows each public IP to represent not one but hundreds of mobile service customers behind it. 

And here’s an interesting detail: if one of the customers seems suspicious, websites cannot simply block the customer's IP. If they blocked an IP to stop one user, they’d also take down a hundred other users with the same IP. And that ain’t it. 

Websites don’t want to take the risk, and that’s why mobile proxies slap! With mobile proxies, not only do you automate tasks easier and faster, but you also minimize the risk of getting blocked. They’re much more efficient than any other proxy type, no cap!

Mobile proxies around the world

Features of mobile proxies

We know mobile proxies may sound like a quick fix for your problems. But hey, don't rush it! There are a couple of things we suggest keeping in mind. Are ya ready for some juicy details?

IP rotation

Mobile carriers periodically rotate mobile addresses on their end. It means mobile IPs inevitably rotate, and you won't keep the same IP for as long as you want. For that, try ISP or dedicated datacenter proxies.

Speed

The general speed mobile proxy service offers you is 5-50 Mbps. And it's much slower than the speed residential or datacenter proxies can give.

Price

Yep, mobile proxies can get away with much more than any other proxy type. And unfortunately, it reflects on their cost. The price of mobile proxies is several times bigger than of any other proxies, including datacenter and residential proxies.

What is a mobile proxy network used for?

OK, now we're palsy-walsy with the benefits and features mobile proxies can provide. So it's time to dive into the pool of its main use cases:

Account creation

Signing into several accounts with the same IP is, to put it mildly, a risky move. Websites can delete the accounts, and your internet service provider (ISP) can block you. Want to bypass potential problems and level up your account creation game? Got ya, pal! Mobile proxies guarantee the highest trust score in creating a bulk of accounts at once.

Account management

A mobile proxy can become your best buddy while managing social media accounts like Instagram or Facebook. It helps with scraping your competitors' accounts, improves your security, and reduces the chances of getting blocked.

Web scraping

Even tho for web scraping we recommend using residential or datacenter proxies, mobile proxies can do the work too.  You see, with mobile proxies, you can collect data from a mobile point of view. In addition, mobile proxies with an automatic rotation feature ensure fewer CAPTCHAs and IP blocks.

Fewer CAPTCHAs and IP blocks with mobile proxies

We want to tell ya a secret!

Yep, a mobile proxy seems like a silver bullet when nothing else seems to work. And we’re always more than ready to cover your back, pal. So, are ya ready for the secret?

Shh, come closer and listen carefully – Smartproxy is planning to release mobile proxies in 2022. Stable mobile IPs worldwide, ASN and country-level targeting, the lowest number of blocks and interruptions – get hyped up by all the dope features our mobile proxies can offer! Sounds like an epic plan, doesn’t it?

Have any questions about mobile proxies?

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Mariam Nakani

Say hello to Mariam! She is very tech savvy - and wants you to be too. She has a lot of intel on residential proxy providers, and uses this knowledge to help you have a clear view of what is really worth your attention.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between 3G and 4G mobile proxies?

Mobile proxies usually consist of real 3G or 4G networks assigned to a particular portable device by a mobile carrier. 3G proxies use 3G IP addresses, and 4G proxies apply for 4G IP addresses.

Can I get free mobile proxies?

Yes, you can. However, free proxies are known to harvest data and insert malicious code; they're also prone to get blocked or flagged. To enjoy the safe, reliable, and fast performance, we suggest choosing a trusted mobile proxy network.

Are mobile proxies legal?

Mobile proxies are completely legal. In fact, they're necessary if you want to keep yourself safe online or scrape mobile data. However, it also depends on how you use them. See, proxies won't protect you from detection if you commit an online crime or fraud. And they won’t be as effective as promised if you abuse those precious IPs.