3G, WiFi, E

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  1. SuperKat macrumors regular

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    First few weeks w/ iPhone. I know you can opt to turn the WiFI off and use 3G, but what's this "E"?
    I've been trying to look it up, sorry for newb question. :eek:

    Kat
     
  2. Rmurphy36 macrumors newbie

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    The Edge network was ATT's first data network, the 3G is a great improvement on it. You can make your battery last longer by turning off WIFI and 3G if you are not doing data.
     
  3. DPA macrumors 65816

    DPA

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77 Safari/525.20)

    Doing data means searching the internet, using maps, using weather and anything that you need a connection to the Internet for. Texting is also data but the speed is not majorly affected 2G (EDGE) vs. 3G.

    David
     
  4. Resist macrumors 68030

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    If Texting uses the data plan then why does AT&T charge us extra for text? This should be part of the data plan!
     
  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    Because they can. Its actually a technical reason based on how it establishes a new data connection for every ingoing/outgoing text, which does place a small demand on the network, but basically its just because they can.
     
  6. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Last I checked, AT&T wasn't using GPRS transit for SMS, so it's not actually "using data" in the same way that browsing or sending e-mail is.
     
  7. SuperKat thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks

    Thanks,
    It goes to Edge on it's own though? I see it pop up when WiFi is on, right?

    K
     
  8. DPA macrumors 65816

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    Since it falls into the data category more than the voice, it's considered data. But you are right, it is a little confusing.

    David
     
  9. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Uh... no. It doesn't.

    SMS messages can be transmitted to/from the SMSC via GPRS, but most carriers don't use that form of handset-SMSC transit.
     

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