New to IPhones

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BigBroly, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. BigBroly macrumors newbie

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    I'm really new to IPhones as I've just got one couple days ago (IPhone 3G). I noticed that while on calls the battery seems to drain really fast and looking through the settings I see an Enable 3G option which is turned On by default. It says it drains battery life while on so I'm guessing this is the cause? Is it ok to turn this feature off? What exactly is the 3G option? I've been searching for it online and I can't really find a good detailed explanation. Also, does turning it off/on have any affect on the bill?
     
  2. macfanboy macrumors 6502a

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    3G (indicated by 3G icon at the top) is faster internet speed than edge through the cell network.

    its not as widespread throughout the country as EDGE (the E icon at the top), but its faster than edge and does waste more battery

    it shouldnt have an effect on your bill
     
  3. BigBroly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've never seen the 3G icon or the E icon before up top, only the Wi-fi icon since I use wi-fi before, but never when calling. Even if the "Enable 3G" is set to On and there's no 3G icon, will it still use so much battery? If I'm just using the phone with wi-fi normally, the battery lasts quite a while and doesn't go down nearly as fast.
     
  4. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    The 3G icon will never appear while you are connected to Wi Fi, that's just how the phone's programmed to work. You need to be away from your router or disconnect from Wi Fi to see the 3G icon (providing you have 3G coverage). When you use any of the phone functions it uses either 3G or EDGE (EDGE only if you do not have 3G coverage or if you've disabled 3G).
     
  5. BigBroly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey Ivan, thanks for the info. Even with wi-fi off, I have never seen 3G icon, so I'm assuming I don't have coverage, but should it still drain so much battery if the option to enable 3G is on?
     
  6. nehunte macrumors 6502

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    No, if you're never connected to a 3G tower, then 3G is not the problem. What is your battery life like?
     
  7. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    The iPhone 3GS's battery does drain fast, and having WiFi drains it faster too.
     
  8. jrodrick4 macrumors newbie

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    Hi ,

    I'm new to the iPhone. I have just bought a new one before couple of days. Now the problem is that It gets a lots of time to open any folder. I think this is because of the Virus problem. What are you thinking?
     
  9. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    There aren't any iPhone viruses.
     
  10. ukdy macrumors member

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    We can tell.. What's an IPhone?

    or do you mean iPhone? ;)
     
  11. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    Oh man, you got him. :rolleyes:
     
  12. ukdy macrumors member

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    Snared!
     
  13. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    You should still turn it off though....
     
  14. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

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    Eh? Elaborate. Where did you hear this lie?
     
  15. BigBroly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As far as I can see, it only drains real bad when on a call. I've used wi-fi for an hour or 2 and the battery bar moves maybe 1 notch if not any at all, same for listening to music. I have turned off the 3G, but haven't tested a call yet, I'm usually on a call for an hour or 2 so it would drain alot (it would have less than half battery life left if full), is this just normal while on a call?
     
  16. BigBroly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I tested a call with the 3G setting off and full battery. I was on call for 4 hours and the battery was halfway after it automatically cut off the call after 4 hours. This seems more reasonable than it used to be with the setting on. My old Razr phone got about the same amount of time on a full battery (2 4 hours sessions). I'm glad it's not a problem with my battery and that it lasts longer with the 3g off.
     

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