Turn 3G off till you need it????

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by WhySoSerious, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I hear people saying that, but did you ever think that the reason you are turning 3G off in the first place is because it WASN'T working to begin with.

    So, when you do "need it" and turn it back on.....guess what, it still won't work.

    I don't know, just sorta found it funny how i read all these posts about turning it off till ya need it.....when it really doesn't matter. :D
  2. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I simply turn off 3G so that my battery life lasts two days. When I turn it on, my 3G works, plain and simple.
  3. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Ditto... Not terribly sure what the OP means... Phone calls are fine with 3G off, so I only turn it on when I am going to use the internet off wifi. Just like I only turn bluetooth on when I am going to use my headset. Then, I don't have to charge every day...
  4. Cynicalone macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
    What I find funny is people upgrading to an iPhone 3G and not using the 3G. :D
  5. Ryanhdd macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2007
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    Well, maybe people would leave it on all the time along with blue tooth if the battery technology was really good. But because we do not have the untimate battery in our phones a lot of people just turn it off to save that.

    I leave mine off for many reasons and well getting better battery time is one advantage to doing this. When i need 3g I simply turn it on. Its not a problem for me to do this.

    Also when i do have 3g on, i get dropped calls all the time. So until they get that fixed it makes sense. :p
  6. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2008
    Yeah, because upgrading just for the option of using 3G apparently is stupid.:rolleyes:

    Like others here, I keep mine off most of the time as I don't really need it. In fact, I rarely need the 3G with wifi so common. It's nice to have when I need the speed, though, and I'm not near a wifi connection.

    I have a feature request idea based on this: I'd like to be able to set the 3G to only enable when I am running Safari and I don't have wifi access. After leaving Safari, switch back to EDGE automatically to save battery power. Either that or put the 3G enable switch on the first page of the preferences.
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Yup, I can turn on and off at my leisure. I kinda' like this option as a battery saver, and my getting over looking at the 3G icon every 10 minutes... LOL :p
  8. dho81 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2008
    Boston Area
    I don't get 3G in the area of San Francisco that I am. It's pretty annoying actually how spotty the service is in this city. But at least I have wifi while at home, so it's not a big deal.
  9. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Can I ask a dumb question?


    So, at my house, IN my house, I rarely if ever get a 3G signal.

    It pretty much just stays on EDGE.

    So, my question is, does it really save me any battery to "turn off 3G" if the phone never connects to 3G anyway?

    Also, doesn't it seem to kind of defeat the purpose of having all these features if you have to keep turning them on and off just to make the battery last a day?
  10. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Yes. Turning it off especially when you don't have a 3G signal will save battery life. If not, the 3G radio will still look for signals which will drain the battery faster.
  11. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2008
    Dutchess County New York
    I have WiFi and no 3G where I live so I turn it off at home. At work, I get a strong 3G signal and no WiFi, so I switch it on when I am there. It doesn't take long to switch it on or off so it isn't an issue for me.
  12. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    ^ Same with me. At home, I get full EDGE signal, WiFi, and sucky 3G. At work (or anywhere else that's not home), I have excellent 3G but no WiFi.
  13. fedup flyer macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008

    I want a 3g upgrade just for the GPS feature. 3g speed is not really high on my list but it would be nice.
  14. MacGuy35 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2008
    so on average how much more battery life does this save you or give you when 3g is switched off?
  15. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Agreed. For those occasions where I don't have Wi-Fi, I usually find what I need on just a page or two of the web. The wifey has the original iPhone and she is a heavy web user and it is good enough. I turn on 3G if I need some speed and then shut it off when I'm done. Probably not necessary but I never saw the need for constant 3G. Not sure about saving battery though... My four year old plays games on it all the time so I am never far from the charger. :D
  16. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    Brave man.
  17. rotobadger macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2007
    Well, I upgraded too and use 3G only when I need to get online. But I also upgraded for the following reasons:

    My original was a 4GB and I wanted more space (got the 16GB)
    The speakers on the 3G are MUCH better...I use them a lot
    It's nice to have a headphone jack that's not recessed

    So it's not JUST 3G.
  18. bluelondon macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    believe it or not, 3G works for some. hard to believe i know :D
  19. evillageprowler macrumors regular


    Nov 5, 2007
    NJ, USA
    It boggles the mind that people can be so limited in their thinking. How hard is it to understand that having the option of using 3G is a good thing, and that *option* means that we can enable or disable it to suit our needs.

    I guess those same people would wear a winter coat during the summer because they can't comprehend the option of not wearing it when it is not necessary.

  20. auburnfan24 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2008
    i completely agree with you...but i find myself doing this exact thing...only using 3G when i need it. i keep second thinking my upgrade...the GPS addition is great but, i loved the fact that on my 1st gen phone, i could toss it on a table and not worry about the tiny scratches that would appear as they do now. but, i'm a sucker for new things, so i can't be too mad :D
  21. Excellerator macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2008
    I am just the opposite, I keep it in 3G unless the 3G is having a hard time connecting, then I turn it off and go to Edge.
  22. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    I don't feel it is necessary to turn off 3G when not in use because it doesn't directly affect battery life when not surfing the web.

    I found "Push" notification to be the largest battery killer. It really destroys your battery life if you work in a corporate environment with incoming emails (to/cc) every few minutes.
  23. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    LOL! The four year old is good, but the three year old still throws things so she plays with the wifey's. :D

    I'm just as bad. I was frolicking in the ocean last week and remembered I had the phone in my shirt pocket. It didn't get wet, but sheesh.
  24. TwiceNightly macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2008
  25. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Like a charm!

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