EDGE access while driving?

NewSc2

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Jun 4, 2005
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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?
 

skubish

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

cjandnw

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Jun 11, 2007
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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.
 

scaredpoet

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Apr 6, 2007
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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).
 

iPhoneyboy

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Jul 19, 2007
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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.
 

gr8tfly

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Oct 29, 2006
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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.
 

Telp

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

DotComCTO

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Aug 17, 2006
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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.

--DotComCTO
 

earthsick

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Jun 25, 2007
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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.
 

Rooskibar03

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Feb 5, 2007
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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).
I call BS.

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

alywa

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

weezer4272

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

vkirk

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Jul 31, 2007
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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.
 

ecks618

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Jun 1, 2006
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NYC
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.
 

AirmanPika

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Jun 19, 2007
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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.
 

mashoutposse

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

NewSc2

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Jun 4, 2005
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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 :)!