iPhone Signal meanings

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I'm with Fido and I have an unlimited package deal, incoming/outgoing, texting, long distance, 6gigs of data... ect...So what does the "E" and "o" mean? And do I get charged for these signals rather than being on 3G network?
 
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E stands for EDGE radio technology. Very slow. You only get surcharged for roaming and data overages. How much you paying for Fido, I'm on Rogers.

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I'm not a big minutes or LD user so don't need unlimited. My plan is quite good for my needs. The only way to beat it would be to quote a government employee number.

250 minutes.
6pm evening and weekend
unlimited MMS/SMS
CID, VM, CW, CF
6 GB
15¢/min overage
I use a calling service attached to the landline for 2¢/min North American LD

$52 before taxes.

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I'm huge on talk and phone always rings lol busy busy...
Unlimited day/evening/wknds
Long distance
Unlimited texting in/out
Unlimited pics through text
100 pics to like Facebook/mo
6gigs of data
CID/CD/CF/CW/3way calling
Flat $90/mo never over
 

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When I have good service I have 3G then it will drop to edge when I'm getting away from towers and then when I'm out of range of about everything it will show the "o"
 

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Ok so what does the "o" mean and how do you know when your phone is on Roam?
If you're showing an "O", you DO have data. Barely.

The "O" on GSM phones refers to GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), old technology, which is true 2G data...it's even slower than EDGE. EDGE is really more like 2.5G, whereas HSPA/UMTS is 3G. You're not roaming on GPRS, you're on an AT&T or partner tower, and won't be assessed any fees, at least in the US. And with both EDGE and GPRS, you cannot do data and voice at the same time.

There's no roaming indicator on AT&T iPhones...only if the carrier name changes will you know if you're roaming on voice and data. It's never an issue unless you leave the US, though. You can force the phone to not roam on data outside the US, so you don't get charged an extreme amount of money for little data. When I've been overseas, I've purchased a small (50MB) data international roaming package to ensure I don't pull data at outrageous rates, then I turn it off when I'm back in the US. It's prorated only for the time I used it as well.

The CDMA iPhones also show a "O", but in this case, it means 1XRTT, which is CDMA data's version of EDGE/GPRS. With both 1X and EV-DO, though, you can't do voice and data at the same time, unlike with UMTS on GSM networks. That's why the Sprint and Verizon iPhones can only do data and voice at the same time if you're connected to WiFi.
 

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He's on the Fido/Rogers network in Canada. I've seen an R for roaming on my phone. Didn't know the iPhone doesn't do this.

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He's on the Fido/Rogers network in Canada. I've seen an R for roaming on my phone. Didn't know the iPhone doesn't do this.

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If you had, say, a US-based iPhone, it would say ROGERS, vice AT&T, when you're in Canada. Thererfore, you'd know you weren't on your home network and would be assessed insane charges for pulling any data off ROGERS' network, unless you were on an international plan.