So how come we can't turn off 3G on iPhone 4s/5

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tymaster50, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. tymaster50 macrumors 68030

    tymaster50

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    I would really just like to do 2G browsing, saves battery but it seems that they neglected to include this option, I know its possible since sometimes it drops down to GRPS "o"
    So what is the reasoning?
     
  2. petrucci666 macrumors 6502a

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    3g has become the new Edge, you just have to stick with it.
     
  3. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    It's funny how true this really is. Only my iPhone 4 for example (4S had HSPA+) when I was on 3G I felt my data was fast.. if I went to a bad area and it dropped to EDGE I felt it was slow. I get the same feeling now when I drop from LTE down to 3G. I'm on Verizon now though so thats CDMA 3G.
     
  4. davehutch macrumors 6502a

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    You can, but it depends on your carrier. I can with an iPhone 5, iOS6 and O2 network in the UK
     
  5. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    The same reason why there's no battery percent reading on the iPod touch.
     
  6. tymaster50 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I can't with Verizon iPhone 5 and saying iOS 6 is kinda redundant since it's already on iOS 6 lol.
     
  7. maka344 macrumors 6502a

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    Can't on EE in the UK, it's bad when you are at a football game and everyone is on 3G, I could simply drop down to 2G and make calls
     
  8. davehutch macrumors 6502a

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    Not necessarily....but yes, LOL indeed :)
     
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I think part of it is that the carriers want to discourage the use of the 2G networks as they want to start shutting them down and redeploying that spectrum for LTE (or improved 3G coverage).
     

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