Meaning of circle as data connection icon

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by emuyshondt, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. emuyshondt macrumors member

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    I am roaming with my AT&T iPhone in Germany. I sometimes notice a small circle where you normally see the 3G or E symbol of the data connection. I was traveling on the train and the symbol would change between nothing at all, E, 3G and the small circle. Does anybody know what the circle means?
     
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  3. emuyshondt thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the information. I'd heard of GPRS, Edge and 3G but didn't realize there was something else available. I've never run across it in the US. PErhaps that technology was used before the US decided to start using GSM.
     
  4. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    Once in awhile I find myself somewhere in the US where GPRS is the only available connection and that circle appears. It isn't just international.
     
  5. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    I hit it everyday on my ride to work.
     
  6. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    It is GSM...jst REALLY barebone GSM. The EDGE uprgade doesn't require new towers just an active GPRS tower and you can upgrade the tower with a software update. In really mddle of no where places cellphone companys may not even bother with a base station that covers only a few customers.
     

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