Discussion in 'iPhone' started by daryliow, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. daryliow macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2007

    I am going to buy a 16gb iphone tomorrow, but before i do i was wondering if someone could help explain what EDGE is?

    Does it mean i have the internet anywhere i go?

    How quick is it?

  2. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    EDGE is the internet for the iPhone. It's 2.5G technology, which it's not that new, but the service is available anywhere you have service on your phone. It's not that fast, but it gets the job done.

    You've probably heard of 3G, or will be hearing about it. That is the faster internet compared to EDGE, but is still scarcely available.
  3. McGiord, Mar 30, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
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    EDGE is the data service via your phone line, AT&T charges you $ 20 for unlimited usage, and it's part of iPhone plan.
    It's not as fast as wifi nor 3G but it gets the work done while you are out of a wifi network.
    You get EDGE disconnected when you receive a phone call, so you can't browse the web during a phone conversation like you can if you have wifi.
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  4. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    EDGE is Enhanced Data GSM Environment. It's a data network similar in speed to Verizon's 1XRTT but I'm guessing with your 'cheers' that you're in the UK and not likely to know Verizon. In a theoretical world the maximum of current EDGE implementation is 384kbps but in a realistic world you'll hit a maximum of around 200 and then falling back to slower speeds as the signal is weaker.

    You'll have EDGE access wherever you have phone access on the network. Sometimes if your signal is incredibly weak you'll lose connection with the EDGE network and be running GPRS-only.
  5. chrisparr macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2008
    That isn't technically true, or at least it isn't where I live. I was playing with an iPhone in an O2 store and there wasn't an Edge signal although there was a strong mobile signal. I asked the sales guy and he said I won't get an Edge signal everywhere.

    I suppose it depends what hardware/software exists in the base station you are connected to.

  6. daryliow thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2007

    So in the UK the iphone is only available on the 02 Network, which comes with unlimited data. Does this mean i can browse the web as much as i like?

    I also use hotmail for my email. Can iphone work with this?

  7. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    Well that is O2. I was talking about AT&T, which i believe is a fact that it's available everywhere you have a voice signal, and if it isn't, you have GPRS.

    Yes, you can browse the internet ass much as you like.
    Hotmail will not work with the mail client. You have to use another service like IzyMail, BUT REMEMBER you can simply go to www.hotmail.com in Safari on the iPhone.
  8. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    EDGE is like dial up on a the phone. Goes up to 200kbps DL.

    And yes it's available everywhere you can AT&T signal.
  9. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007

    You missed twice that he's in the United Kingdom. He doesn't have AT&T.

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