A 3G question

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  1. MacDryCleaner macrumors regular

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    Hi All -

    I have a quick 3G question. Is the benefit to 3G data only or does the quality of the iPhone calling increase as well? For example, at my house I generally get very low signal strength on my phone. Will 3G help me go from 1 bar to 3 bars? I'm not asking for that specific of a range in signal strength but I am asking if the signal strength is likely to be stronger on a 3G network in areas that may have lower signal strength using the Edge network iPhone.

    Thanks, Everyone for responses.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    In general, 3G has to do only with the data services. In the specific case of the iPhone, it's possible that other design changes (like the plastic shell) might improve call reception / quality, but it would be some other design change that coincidentally went into the 3G iPhone and not the 3G technology itself.
     
  3. kornyboy macrumors 68000

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    I seriously doubt that you will get a better voice signal. I believe that is all based on proximity to the tower. It does have a little to do with the location of the antenna in the device as well but of most other cell phones only pick up one bar it is a good bet that the new iPhone will only pick up one bar as well.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    ^^ Incidentally, I do agree with that. Any improvement is likely to be pretty minimal. Dead areas will probably still be dead areas.
     
  5. Archie- macrumors regular

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    Actually phone calls over 3G have higher voice quality, due to a different voice compression codec being used.
     
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I tend to agree with "mkrishnan" on the dead areas being dead areas even with 3G (at least in my neighborhood), since I have questionable 2-3 bar service inside my home, and the corresponding coverage map (orange) and the 3G coverage map (blue) seem to be pretty accurate, my neighbors have 3G phones and they continue to have 2-3 bar coverage with AT&T, and they live right next door and across the street from me. We live in a valley, next to the San Francisco Bay and though coverage is better with AT&T v. Sprint and VZ, we don't anticipate that 3G will change our reception. :(
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I will concede that there is this...

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1552317&tstart=540

    ...in favor of what Archie- was saying. But it's still not clear to me that it has anything to do with the 3G technology and not just with having newer phones deployed and the infrastructural improvements that were being made during 3G deployment...

    Archie, can you provide a source re: 3G GSM phones using a different codec for voice compression?
     
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Interesting discussion. I checked out the following link:

    http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/March07/4455.htm

    within that discussion, and it was interesting as well. I was amazed that it was written via the UK, but utilized data for the US. Still not clear on my particular situation, since I'm completely in another ballpark as to "actual" testing and results for my neighborhood, though not scientific analysis, but a "hands-on" experience analysis...
     
  9. Archie- macrumors regular

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    There is a lot of competing codecs apparently, so its difficult to find definitive information, but certainly UMTS/3G promised better voice quality


    http://www.umtsworld.com/umts/faq.htm#f3

    With 2G the voice channel had a fixed bandwidth, but with 3G the voice channel is also a data channel, so its in fact a form of VOIP, which is why you can have voice and data simultaneously. For 3G networks they are implementing Adaptive Multi-Rate encoding, which is variable bit-rate decoding, which is a more efficient use of bandwidth.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.722.2

    From the GSM wikipedia article.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSM
     

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