iPhone has full O2 UK signal reception, but uses Edge instead of 3G?

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  1. duracraft macrumors newbie

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    I'm in a supported 3G area, but I can't get my phone to connect to 3G, just Edge and Wireless.

    It's a new phone I got today, does 3G need activation, or is there something else I need to do?

    I have enabled 3G on the device, when I turn this on, I immedietly get 5 bars of 3G signal, but then it slowly drains over about 20secs back to Edge.

    it's a new sim, just the one they gave me in the shop yesterday but it says iPhone 3G on it.

    Thanks.
     
  2. citrate macrumors 6502

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    I doubt that you're in a suitable area then. Have you been able to get 3G in any other location?
     
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  4. J@ffa macrumors 6502a

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    Have you update to 2.1, and/or put in the APN settings?

     
  5. duracraft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your replys;

    I'm almost in the middle of Oxford right now which I checked and falls under the 'high' coverage range. I've upgraded to the latest firmware and changed the APN to payandgo.o2.co.uk

    ...could it be anything else? I've just gone for a 10min walkabout outside around buildings and a park and still recieved no 3G signal.
     
  6. Psyxologos macrumors regular

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    Why should he change the settings change mobile.o2.co.uk to payandgo.o2.co.uk? Surely this is not relevant to all UK O2 clients, and yet some seem to have this problem regardless of whether they are on contract or pay as you go.
     
  7. duracraft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When I got the phone there was instructions to do this all over the manual/sim packaging
     
  8. FiniteLight macrumors newbie

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    I've found O2s 3g coverage in Oxford to be pretty awful, even though it lists it as almost fully covered on their web map pages. There are a few hotspot areas where you get better coverage - The bus stops outside Christchurch meadows along st. aldates seems to have great 3g reception if you want to go and test that!
     
  9. duracraft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Are O2 constantly working on improving the range/strength of their 3G signal? I was under the impression I would have a constant 3G connection to my iphone at all times - currently I just have 5 bars of Edge and Wifi
     
  10. Psyxologos macrumors regular

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    It is peculiar, is it not? Either O2 has not thought this trough and released a 3G phone despite the company's patchy 3G coverage or Apple has muddled things up when it comes to 3G reception in their phone.

    I, for one, think it is a dreadful combination of unfavourable circumstances that iphone 3G owners found themselves in.

    APPLE AND O2 SORT YOURSELVES OUT ALREADY!
     
  11. duracraft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If it carrys on like this for a couple more days, I'm just gonna return it and get an ipod touch from Currys. What's the point of paying £400 for an iPhone 3G if the 3G doesn't work!?
     
  12. theappleguy macrumors 6502

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    Not the exact same problem, but my iPhone often gets stuck on 3G when there is no coverage and stuck on 2G when there is full 3G coverage. Turning 3G off and then on again temporarily solves the problem for me. I also often get stuck with "No Service" when I am in the CBD which has full 3G coverage, so I suspect there are a number of bugs still in the 2.1 firmware that need to be addressed.
     
  13. Loopy65 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi

    I've come to the conclusion that most of the problems in the UK are with O2 .. Apple have replaced my phone and it's exactly the same as with the first one. I suspect O2 (who nearly had a hefty fine from Ofcom for being behind with their 3G roll-out) are being somewhat economical with the truth about their 3G coverage.

    I live in an area that is allegedly extremely strong 3G and yet my phone is on edge (or even GPRS arghhhhh!!) 99% of the time ..

    I wish there was some kind of come-back on O2 but I don't really think there's anything the 'man in the street' (or woman in my case!) can do.

    The thing that's keeping me going is that in theory the 3G coverage can only get better .. so in a year (or less?) all this will be a moot point.

    Loopy
     
  14. Loopy65 macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately the map doesn't have the correct information on it! My whole area is saturated with pretty purple and yet I rarely pick up 3G .. ho hum

    Loopy
     
  15. duracraft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can I ask why so many of you still continue to own an iPhone 3G, even when the majority of the time you can't recieve a 3G signal?

    I'm going to return my iPhone tomoro.
     
  16. Psyxologos macrumors regular

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    As a matter of fact, I do not own an iphone. I want one, and this is the reason I am reading and participate in these forums. I have to say it looks bleak...
     

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