Third Data Connection Icon - What is it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JHKL, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. JHKL macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Hello all,

    I just have a quick "out of curiousity" question for everyone: on the iPhone there seem to be three possible data connections - two of which are the 3G network, represented by the little 3G logo beside the carrier name, and Edge, represented by the "E" symbol. However, on a trip to a rural area, I noticed a third symbol - a blue box with a little white circle in it. Does anyone know what the name of this data connection is? It was very slow, so I'm just curious...

    Thanks in advance!
  2. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Plain old GPRS.
  3. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California

    I actually was just reading a thread about this earlier as I saw that symbol on my phone for the first time when I lost EDGE for just a few moments.
  4. JHKL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Ah, OK, thanks to everyone for the answer. I'm kind of slapping my forehead here because I should have thought of that but it didn't cross my mind. It felt very much like a dial-up connection so I'm kind of surprised by the fact that it is GPRS. I guess on WAP sites GPRS is good enough...

    Thanks again!

    P.S. I didn't see the earlier thread and I did do a search but I guess different keywords must have been used.
  5. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Haha, I wish I had coverage like you. It is VERY rare for my iPhone to show 3G or Edge and it is the norm to see the GPRS icon. Thanks O2!
  6. philgilder macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2007
    same, ill get 3g in big towns and cities, but not edge really. great. however, the cloud wifi hotspots are everywhere here

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