3G coming .. Will my phone die?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bamapt, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. bamapt macrumors newbie

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    3G coming soon .. Will my phone die? How long will they continue to support Edge? At least 2 years so my new contract will be good? I'm assumming 3G will be a hardware issue and not a software upgrade, which means all the current iPhones will be boat anchors in a year?

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  2. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I would guess that EDGE will be supported for a very long time, 3G is nowhere near common, and most phone companies in the US at least seem to move fairly slowly with things like that.
     
  3. Matteh117 macrumors regular

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    3G nowhere near common... Hello Europe?
     
  4. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    No.
     
  5. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I was talking about the US as that is where I live and the OP didn't give his location. so since 3G isn't already where he is he most likely is not in Europe. also talking about iPhones implies that he is in the US as that is the only place you can get one. and in the US it is still not all that common.
     
  6. dagomike macrumors 65816

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    A 3G device will need to work on Edge for quite some time.
     
  7. jbellanca macrumors 6502

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    Not sure how you define common exactly, but I travel throughout the US every week and have AT&T's 3G service with my laptop and get it in just about every place I go.
     
  8. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Well not as common as most people would like ;)
     
  9. jg2000 macrumors member

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    oh my GOD! shut up about 3G already, EDGE is not the best but it's bearable at this point, and there are Wifi hotspots everywhere, Are you all losing sight that IT IS A MOBILE DEVICE. You all act like you're using iPhone as your primary source for internet browsing, that's NOT what it's for, you still need desktops and laptops for communication. Maybe the service here is better than most places,... I don't know but I don't feel like I'm waiting an obscene amount of time to get any information over EDGE.
     
  10. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    Um, calm dowm.

    Guy wasn't complaining - he was just wondering about legacy support. Support for EDGE when ATT gets their 3G act together is a concern. For $600, I'm not planning on upgrading my phone for as close to 3 years as I can get, at least (I'll use it until it ceases to function) - that one extra year reduces my annual amortized cost of the phone by 33%.

    Man...people really are high strung...
     
  11. beate macrumors regular

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    I'm with jg2000 on this. The frustration wasn't directed at OP directly. It's just that after reading the forums and reviews for a month or two, the whole 3G thing is getting tiresome. Like it's a dealbreaker for some...and the rants, Jeez!
    Edge is fine (on the rare occasion that it's needed - for me)
    WiFi is awesome. I have not gone anywhere where WiFi wasn't available...including the Vet's Office.
     
  12. jmre5150 macrumors member

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    Well said.
     
  13. faustfire macrumors 6502a

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    Yes...and once everyone gets hd televisons the screen will stop playing video too.:rolleyes:
     
  14. meagain macrumors 68030

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    I don't know a single person here who isn't on a 3g phone.
    And it doesn't matter if AT&T's 3g isn't common. If not in a 3g area, it morphs to Edge.
     
  15. Matteh117 macrumors regular

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    ^ One way of putting it. :cool:
     
  16. overcast macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, when the broadcasters switch to digital in the next two years. That is EXACTLY what will happen. Current owners of analog televisions will need to have a DAC to be able to watch TV again.
     
  17. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Who told you that the 3G iPhone is coming soon?
     
  18. ccwilli3 macrumors member

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    EDGE is based on building up from GSM, so it will always be there and possible for as long as ATT supports their GSM network, which will probably be a very long time (why would they change network protocols?).

    ATT's 3G network is based around HSDPA and UMTS and is a completely seperate network from the Voice GSM network. UMTS is at its core, W-CDMA and therefore uses completely different hardware/protocols/signaling than GSM/GPRS/EDGE or CDMA/EVDO/EVDORev.A...

    You'll be fine for a very long time. The arrival of a 3G network (as well as a 3G capable iPhone) in your area does not mean a shutdown of the 2G, 2.5G underlying networks. They are still there as well... If you live in a metro area at all, 3G is already there most likely (from various carriers) you just don't know it/have the device to use it.

    this is my first post, long time lurker...:apple:
     
  19. Matteh117 macrumors regular

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    Actually, that's a completely different point. HD and Digital are two different things. You're saying when the digital TV switchover comes around, everyone will need to get a digital receiver - which is true, but he said when everyone gets HD TV's then normal TV will stop (Analogue OR Digital).

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