EDGE and battery?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sr5878, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

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    hey everyone

    i know edge is supposed to be 'slow' but sometimes i can hardly get a signal, and it frequently drops. i'm indoors but i'm also in the middle of boston... should i be concerned? outside works better.

    also, i have been using it extensively for the past day or so (just got it :) ) and i find that the battery discharges quickly. i have been doing a lot of web browsing (well, trying) and listening to music. normal?
     
  2. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    That all sounds normal to me.

    And I, too, have noticed EDGE eats up battery life - if you use it on Airplane Mode, it lasts way longer.
     
  3. sr5878 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i need to be able to use the uh... phone part sometimes ;)
     
  4. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000

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    get an app called services and disable edge only.
     
  5. sr5878 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    Of course, but if you're in an area where you're not getting edge, anyway, or especially on the subway or something, you could always switch to Airplane Mode; it's just one little button in Settings, not too hard to toggle back and forth.
     
  7. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000

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    I hope Apple better release something native once the SDK comes out then.
     
  8. sr5878 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    but putting it in airplane mode disconnects me from the GSM network also... i still need that at all times.
     
  9. Vegeta-san macrumors 6502

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    Look guys, as much as what I say next may be counter-intuitive, it has been verified with regards to the iPhone: Wi-Fi consumes less battery per unit of time than EDGE does. This is why I KEEP Wi-Fi on on my iPhone....Only resort to EDGE if I have to. If none of you have heard this, and care to bother me such that I have to find the link of the study and prove it to you, then ask, and I will.
     

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