iPhone 4S: cant find the option to turn 3G off anymore?!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Sir Ruben, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Have they removed it? Or am I having a blonde moment?
  2. jonnyb macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2005
    Rye/London, UK
    What network are you on? On Three in the UK, you can't switch to 2G any more
  3. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Orange, and on my iPhone 4 it was an option (kept it off most of the time to save battery).

    One theory I have is that the option dissapears if you have Siri turned on. Havent had the chance to test that theory yet though.

    It may be the case that with Siri on 3G is auto selected which may account for the reduced battery standby time on the 4S?
  4. bige12 macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2009
    Vienna, VA
    It is in settings under general then network you will see something for. 3G network
  5. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Yeah thats where it always was on my IP4, on my 4S 'cellular data' is the first option, 3G option is just not there!
  6. sullez macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2011
    Well how do we know what will fit if we are ordering online? I ordered a speck candy shell by speck and idk if it will fit .
  7. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    It was removed from the iPad 2 earlier this year as well.
  8. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Really?? This was always a handy tip for people wanting to improve battery life and I personally found it to make a noticable difference.

    Plus I am always connected to wifi at work and home so rarely have any need for 3G at all, so in my case all it does is give me a shorter battery life, great!
  9. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    They've made some pretty big strides with the cellular technology. The 3G chip will lay dormant if you're on wifi, and won't use much battery at all.

    That being said, I'll miss the option too, sometimes if 3G was congested I could drop down to EDGE to get a call through.
  10. icanhasiphone? macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    So does mean you wont be able to use the 4S unlocked on T-Mobile USA?? For it to work on their network you have to turn off 3g... :(
  11. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    The phone is still capable of 2G, you just can't force the phone to use it if you have 3G available.

    If you put a T-Mobile SIM in, it will connect to the only network available, the EDGE network.

    EDIT: Just to clarify, I don't have an iPhone 4S yet. I'm basing this off of conjecture. I don't know for sure the turn off 3G option has been removed.
  12. JulianL macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2010
    London, UK
    It's a concern for me since I also keep my iPhone 4 locked to 2G to extend battery life but if this is how it is now then I suppose that I'll just have to adjust. I'll let my iPhone 4 use 3G from now on so that I get used to the lower battery life and then I won't be so bothered when I upgrade, either to a 4S when the launch frenzy has subsided but more likely to a 5 when it arrives next year.

    This might also confirm my theory about another debate going on in these forums - why has the quoted standby time of the 4S reduced by a full third vs the iPhone 4? The iPhone 4 specs quote 300 hour standby time and the iPhone 4S quotes 200 hours; that's a big difference. One of my theories was that Apple have moved from specifing the standby figure for a 2G connection to specifying it for a 3G connection and if the option to lock to 2G is now removed then that would make sense.

    - Julian
  13. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    I agree, OR it maybe an issue at my end that a restore might resolve. It could also be provider specific, but i dont think so as the sim came directly out of my iPhone 4 which did show the option.

    It could be a ploy so that Siri works as well and as often as possible (because it requires a decent speed of data connection).
  14. imac9556 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2004
    Try resetting the network settings under General -> Reset?
  15. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Turning off 3g to use T-Mobile has always been unnecessary. It will help find the 2G network faster but it will eventually find the 2g network and lock on it going forward.
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    That is false.
    If you leave 3G on your signal will flunctuate from 1 to 5 bars to zero and many times just searching.
    There's a reason they tell you to turn off 3G if you're using it on Tmobile USA.
  17. berger34 macrumors member


    Jul 21, 2010
    yeah they removed the option to turn off 3G

    resetting or restoring or doing a rain dance won't change it.
  18. notjustgc macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2009
    This is really a serious problem. My parents live in an area where there is just enough of a shade of 3G to keep their iPhones from auto-switching to EDGE. So now they're stuck with two dead iPhones, all the time. :mad:
  19. Saileshbreaker, Oct 15, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011

    Saileshbreaker macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2011
    This is why Apple increased the 3G usage time

    Imo, when you turn off data usage on the 4S, it automatically switches to 2G. as apple says the following on its website : Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM) , so if its always on 3G, then the 2G is fake?
  20. No1Chris macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011

    Just got off the phone with orange they say because I live in a place were there is 2G and 3G the iPhone 4s gets confused between the two and I keep losing connection -_- I'm sending it back, apparently its just the network so i might try Three.

    Macbook pro 17'', Intel i7 2nd gen 2.2ghz 4gb ram , amd 6750m 1gb vram

    And HP pavilon dv6 15.5'', Intel i3 2nd gen 2.1ghz 4gb ram ,amd 6480m 1gb vram, Beats Audio. :apple:
  21. Jcrd macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2011
    Why did apple decide to remove it in the first place????
    So stupid!
    I'd like them to give us the answer to that question...:confused:
  22. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    I wonder if when a Jailbreak comes out whether SBsettings could do it.
  23. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    The claim that I've heard from a few Apple Reps is that it has to do with the different 3G chipset in the iPhone 4S. It's a multimode system that will let them use the same system for either a CDMA or a GSM network. The bad news is, there is (supposedly) no software method to manually control whether you're on UMTS or EDGE.

    That's the claim from Apple. I don't know if it's true or not. They've certainly told/suggested a few fibs in the past (the original iPad can't support mirrored video out, for instance. Or that the iPhone 4 doesn't have the hardware oomph to support SIRI.).
  24. orgazmo macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2007
    The 4 has the option with the current software, but the 4s does not. Siri does not matter, its still not there. The problem here is that sometimes when you travel internationally, 2g works better than 3g. Very annoying.
  25. DerekRod macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2012
    iOS 5.1 restores the turn off 3G toggle it was all over these forums last week

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