Carrier: AT&T 3.1?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kevster89, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Kevster89 macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2008
    So I was flipping through my iPhone 3G's settings a couple minutes ago and wanted to see how much available space I currently have remaining on my iPhone.

    So I went into "Settings -> General -> About" in order to do so. While in this section of my settings, I noticed that under carrier I have "AT&T 3.1" listed. Previously it was just noted at "AT&T." Why exactly does it now include 3.1? What does this even mean? Any other USA iPhone users have the same info listed under carrier?

    Thanks guys! :) :apple:
  2. iTzChasE macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2008
  3. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Hey, I heard this was new! Anyone else got it yet?
  4. joeshell383 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2006
    At least you googled it for him, while making your point, instead of just telling him to F-off or something like some posters would.
  5. Ekelon macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    Unfortunately one of the first results returned is this exact thread. That's epic fail.

    I did find this though...

    But haha I really love that website.
  6. jctevere macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2009
    Yup, pretty much just to clarify what everyone said, the new At&t 3.1 carrier distinguishment means that the iPhone is now capable of utilizing Micro Cell technology. I am not sure if you noticed, but after connecting your iPhone to iTunes it asked to download an update for the carrier setting. The micro cell is a device on At&t's end which infuses the At&t service and information into the internet which will allow At&t customers to purchase a "femtocell" or better known as mini cellular tower for placement at home to gain access to the At&t network.

    This femtocell will transmit an At&t 3g signal covering almost 5,000 square feet and must be connected to the internet via broadband access. However, it is not yet known if At&t will follow in Sprint's footsteps and provide the device for free but charge a $6 monthly fee or Verizon's approach to provide the service for a one-time fee of $249.

    In reality, it may cost more than Sprint's service because unlike At&t's technology, Sprint's femtocell can only achieve 2G speeds. Personally I think this is great as it allows people who live in dead spots with internet access to connect to the At&t network.

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