Does 3G Kill Bars?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Amblinman, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Amblinman macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007
    This is my first 3G phone and I noticed something odd. When the phone is on EDGE, I get full bars in my home (and have for the last year.) When I put on 3G, my bars drop to 3.

    Is this normal or some kind of anomaly?
  2. 03sho macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2007
  3. sfwalter macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Dallas Texas
  4. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2008
    Different radio freqs.... different towers (possibly)...

    This is normal...
  5. Haywire Robot macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2007
    This happens with wifi now too...

    what the hell apple. :mad:
  6. AdamInKent macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    Kent, England
    Guys. This is normal. The 3G, 2G and wi-fi base stations are all in different places, hence the different signal strengths.
  7. Haywire Robot macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2007
    I understand that. But why is it when 3G turns on, the signal strength for calls and texts goes to like 1 bar? I know 3G may be weak in my area, but why does that affect my normally good amount of bars?

    Man...I sound like a monkey...

    Maybe 3G takes over phones and calls too when it's set on? I have no idea about this stuff, so I'm not in much position to criticize the product's strengths....but I spent 5 1/2 hours in a line and got cut off as the first person not to get a phone. You understand my frustration. Haha.
  8. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2008
    I posted earlier about reception problems, but I just now did the test with turning off 3G and the phone went up to 3 bars, whereas before I was only getting 1 or 2 in this particular spot of my house.

    Now, the confusion comes in with I had a 3G Razr that I was using prior to this morning and had no signal strength issues at all. I always had 4-5 bars with my Razr. So, it either has to be due to the phone itself, or the amount of users on now. Still kind of disappointing and depressing that my cheap Razr had better reception than this expensive iphone. :(
  9. aridon macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2007
    # of bars are a graphical representation of a numerical value we don't see. When AT&T started advertising more bars, the # of bars i was getting magically increased over night but reliability stayed the same.

    Don't trust the graphic. The 3g bars are probably more accurate of actual service.
  10. jpk32092 macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2008
    How do you turn off 3G?
  11. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    Settings -> General -> Network -> Enable 3G On/Off
  12. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008
    i get awesome 3g signal here in Miami

    guess we have good coverage.
  13. nparmelee macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2008
  14. hard-case macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2007
    Yup. Round where I am, most places 3G will be at least a bar or two below EDGE...not surprising as I'm at the outer ridge of Philly coverage. But I've yet to have any calls drop because of it, and it sounds better at 1 bar on 3G than 1 bar on EDGE!
  15. Pooshka macrumors 65816

    Jun 28, 2008
    i feel better now that i've found this thread. this is exactly what i've been experiencing since i've come home to play with my new iphone. i get 5 bars on edge and hardly 1 bar on 3g, sometimes even no service:mad:

    nyc here
  16. mmaguire macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2008
    Pacific NW
    Same here in the Seattle area

    I also noted this issue earlier today. My 3yr old Sony Ericson phone has perfect reception and rarely dropped a call. Today my first phone call was dropped on I-5 in Seattle. Very disappointing. My signal strength jumped up and down more times in 1 mile than I have ever seen. This will probably become a bigger issue over the next week as more and more people begin to actually use the phone and the newness feeling wears off.

    Update: I just tried teh 3G on/off feature at my house. When on 3G I have a varying 1-2 bars. When on the Edge network I have 5 bars. WTFO. According to the ATT map I'm in the middle of 3G heaven. Conclusion: 3G is a scam to get us to buy a new phone. That goes for any phone on the ATT network touting 3G performance speeds. Can I get a 3G repeater tower from Home Depot for my roof and one that plugs into my car cigarette lighter? :)
  17. jecapaga macrumors 601


    Jul 1, 2007
    Southern California
    I feel better as well...I've gone from full bars to almost zip. I'm hoping for the best.
  18. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    I really don't mind it. Im getting 3G speeds as good as my wifi, and i only have 1 bar.

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