Verizon iPhone can't turn off 3G?

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  1. Hondamaker

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    I was messing with my friend's Verizon iPhone and noticed you can't turn off 3G. I didn't know you have no choice in that. So Verizon doesn't have a standard network? That is to say, 3G is their standard network?


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  2. Craigrn16

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    Go to settings, then network, then data off. Easy
     
  3. Hondamaker

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    But how do you make calls with it off?
     
  4. Craigrn16

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    yes it's just your data being turned off, voice and text still work
     
  5. Hondamaker

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    OK, thanks. I was a bit confused. I'm used to ATT where you can just turn off 3G and use EDGE.
     
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    Other than battery life, is there any benefit to turning off data?
     
  7. Hondamaker

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    He was just wanting to prolong battery life.


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    I would be kind of bothered by that. I don't use 3g as Im always on Wifi so I turn it off. I don't turn data off though. I think you guys are talking two different switches.
     
  9. ReeseyCup79

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    It does appear to be 2 different things,,

    AT&T allows u to turn off 3G which switches the phone to edge,,, u can make calls, text, and browse the web on edge.

    From what I understand, Verizon doesn't use or allow u to switch to edge. Turning off data means u can't use the web but can make calls and text,,, this is my understanding, I could be wrong
     
  10. VOLS34

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    It probably turns off enough on it's own.
     
  11. psylichon

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    In my experience, using Edge, while saving energy on a minute-by-minute basis, gives you a net loss similar to 3G due to its slow speed. It lasts longer but you get about the same amount of actual surfing done. Where it pays off to turn off 3G is when you're bathed in wifi all day. You'll see your battery last noticeably longer.

    So Verizon has no fallback 2.xG data nework at all? That seems strange.
     
  12. Hondamaker

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    That's because Verizon has 3G coverage all over the country, and doesn't need an Edge to fall back on, whereas ATT has spotty, half-assed 3G coverage, so they have to have Edge or suckers like me wouldn't have data access most of the time. I can't get 3G at work with an ATT tower 200 yards away from the building! Just compare the 3G coverage maps between Verizon and ATT.
     
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  13. Zanthe

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    I have to use Edge for phone calls when at home. If not for that I wouldn't have an iPhone. Most everywhere else the 3G from AT&T works fine for me.
     
  14. Hondamaker

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    Ahh, you're one of the lucky ones. I don't know how many times a day I cry "I hate AT&T!" But, I suppose the good outweighs the bad a bit.
     
  15. Zanthe

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    Having just said all that I dropped two calls at my house on Edge. Maddening. :mad:

    I do drop an occasional call on 3G elsewhere but nothng like at my house where coverage is just awful. I've been struggling with this problem since I got an iPhone two+ years ago. Tried the MicroCell and thought that was the answer...alas -- no it wasn't.
     
  16. iP5

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    GPRS, EDGE, 3GPP, HSDPA are all GSM terminologies.

    Verizon is CDMA. The equivalents are; CDMA, 1X EVDO, 3G EVDO. I don't know if there's a 3.5G match to H.

    Technically then, it can't do EDGE.

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  17. iP5

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    VOIP over wifi on broadband? How about unlock and go on TMo.

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  18. Booyow1204

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    Then why are you subscribed to AT&T then?
     
  19. Zanthe

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    When the next model of the iPhone is released I think I'll get a Verizon model and test it for 30 days. If I can hold calls in my house I may switch to Verizon.
     
  20. Smarty2600

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    Oh not 30 days Verizon shortened their limit to 14 days.
     

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