EDGE access while driving?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NewSc2, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    New York, NY
    I don't seem to be able to get any internet when I'm riding in a car, which kinda sucks as the driver's had to pull over to stop for me to get directions through Maps. Doesn't matter if I'm going 25mph in a residential or 70mph on the freeway.

    I've only had my iPhone for a couple days so I was wondering if this is common?
  2. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Nope not common.
    I drive and browse the internet all the time on my iphone:eek:
  3. cjandnw macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    South Jersey
    I just accessed google maps, located a street and plotted a course while driving, stopping a a red light and driving some more. No problems.
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    A much safer demonstration: there have been a number of cases where I've been a passenger with my iPhone and have pulled up data, checked my e-mail, and surfed the web while in a moving car and connected to EDGE. Speeds ranged from 20 to 70 MPH.

    Additionally, I've driven on a couple of long trips while a passenger has tethered a laptop to his phone and surfed on EDGE. He managed to maintain a connection for 3 hours straight while we traveled along the PA Turnpike (average speed about 65-70).
  5. iPhoneyboy macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2007
    No problems here in North San Diego County coastal area. On surface streets or highways at 70+. For me, Edge seems better outside than inside businesses.
  6. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Works fine in So. Cal. (101). While stuck in traffic, used the Map app to get a traffic report. It was nice to know the freeway showed clear a couple of exits down the road.
  7. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    Works fine for me. There is no reason it shouldn't work when driving? As long as you get surface when your driving.
  8. PowerFullMac macrumors 601


    Oct 16, 2006
  9. DotComCTO macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2006
    I've never had that issue. I've driven from Connecticut through to Western Maryland and used EDGE with no issues. I've been able to check Google Maps and even receive voice mails (which are delivered via EDGE).

    YMMV, I guess.

  10. earthsick macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    central nj
    I live in NJ and while I have never really experienced total loss of internet while driving, I have noticed that it is WAY slower while driving. I just figured this had to do with me not being close to a tower or something to that nature, though.
  11. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    I call BS.

    BS that you averaged 65-70 mph on the PA turnpike over 3 hours. :)
  12. alywa macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    I haven't had any problems, except on backroads where there was no EDGE or ATT service. On highways, major roads, no problems.
  13. weezer4272 macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2006
    I had no problems this morning using google maps as a passenger to call around to a few stores on my way to work.
  14. vkirk macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2007
    Apple will replace your phone

    I had some issues with my iphone, walked in to an apple store and they immediately gave me a new phone. I didn't even buy it from an apple store. great service. they want customers to be happy. No receipt required.

    To those who complain about their phone dropping and scratching: I have found the rubber Belkin case is great. No, it doesn't have a plastic protector over the screen but I have found it helped when I droped the phone. no scratches. the back of the case has a spool to wrap your ear buds. Nice.
  15. Sobe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wash DC suburbs
    how fast were you driving? maybe you were going too fast for the rays to catch up.
  16. ecks618 macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2006
    Off topic question:

    Shouldn't EDGE be faster if you drive, technically if you are not moving the signal is not as good as if you are traveling fast and get more signal. I'm thinking that going 60 MPH means your signal strength should be 60x what it would be than if your standing still....

    PS. not a serious question.
  17. AirmanPika macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2007
    Vandenberg AFB, CA
    It seems to vary here. I usually don't have any issues while driving but I definitely have issues when riding the metrorail. The problem is that the phone keeps having to switch towers. This doesn't really affect voice but data is. Like I said though this really depends on where you are and how the towers are distributed.
  18. Bernie-Mac macrumors 65816

    Jul 30, 2007
    Sin City, NV
    idk it varies with me, but usually if edge doesnt work while im driving i just close safari, maps, etc and open it again and it works fine
  19. Joshua8o8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Honolulu, Hawai'i
    I have no problems getting on edge when I'm in a car. I do however have problems with how slow edge is.
  20. mashoutposse macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2003
    No problems here. My passenger watched Youtube today for an hour through a heavy rainstorm as we travelled approximately 60mph on the expressway.
  21. NewSc2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    New York, NY
    Reporting back in... EDGE seems fine on the road now. Haven't had much opportunity to test it cuz I've usually been driving myself but the few times I've handed it to the passenger its worked. This thing is amazing :)!

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