Questions About 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 103734, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. 103734 Guest

    Apr 10, 2007
    Ok here they are in order

    1. Does it still hurt battery life to have 3g on when no 3g network is available
    2. Does the little symbol that shows your data connection next to the bars show if 3G is available if you have 3g available
  2. 103734 thread starter Guest

    Apr 10, 2007
    anyone want to chime in on the first question at least?

    I just want to know if 3G effects your battery life if you have it enabled but are in a edge only area.
  3. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    1. Yes because the chip is still on. Best to just turn of 3G until you have a 3G spot.
    2. No, don't think so.
  4. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    Slightly. It will use some battery searching for 3G networks. But not much.

    The real power drain is when USING 3G, ie. browsing or downloading. Not while simply being idle on the network.

    If the symbol shows 3G, you are connected to an available 3G network. It will show E when 3G is not available but EDGE is. It will show Airport strength when you are connected to an airport network. It basically shows the fastest available network you are on.
  5. 103734 thread starter Guest

    Apr 10, 2007
    So if I have 3G off the icon will still show me that 3G is available?

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