Much better reception with EDGE??

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by esadb, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. esadb macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    So i forgot to charge my battery last night and this morning before i went to work I disabled 3G and WIFI to try and make it throughout the day.. iP4 running 4.0.1, JB.

    Anyways just at the office.. i noticed that i have 4-5bars of reception under EDGE..

    And usually i have about 2-3bars with 3G at the same location.

    So i turned on 3G and watched my signal go down, turned it off.. and my signal went back up to like 5bars..

    Is this normal that my reception is better with EDGE?
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    There's more EDGE coverage than there is 3G, so in some areas it's totally possible to get better signal strength with EDGE than 3G.

    But even so, bars still don't tell the whole story. Are you dropping calls in 3G? Are your data speeds slower in 3G than in EDGE? If the answer to both is no, then getting more bars in EDGE doesn't matter.
  3. esadb thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    I get like 1.02mbps on 3G.. Not very good i think
  4. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
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    Since I always have WiFi available, I find that I have better battery life by keeping WiFi on, and use EDGE, instead of 3G.
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    It's not only due to the possibility that there are more edge transmitters. It's normally down to the fact that the frequency that edge uses is more robust over distance and through objects.
  6. esadb thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    Well EDGE sure seems to have MUCH less of an impact on the battery than 3G
  7. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    This is very true. There are places where I travel to where I have to manually turn off 3G so I can get an EDGE signal to place a call.
  8. alejovh1 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2008
    I turn 3G off at home and just use edge for voice and wifi for data, otherwhise is constant droped calls, I only get one bar of 3G. :(
  9. MykullMyerz macrumors 6502


    Dec 6, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    Are you sure that's correct? I get more than twice that amount over 3G.

    Sidenote: I get more bars over EDGE as well but I hate using it because it causes feedback in the speaker of my landline phones at work.
  10. Derek87 macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2009
    i too am seeing "more bars" for EDGE at a few locations with weaker 3G coverage...

    weird stuff since i thought 850 mhz was better at penetrating buildings and the band that they (AT&T) was putting their 3G stuff.
  11. esadb thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    Yup. Here look. This is pretty high as usually its close to 1... Im gonna have to have a chat with Rogers.. this is unacceptable...

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  12. gage006 macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2010
    Edge frequencies penetrate walls better than 3G. Having better Edge than 3G reception is pretty typical, especially inside a building.

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