Turning 3G off, turning Wi-Fi on.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by JefferyShin, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. JefferyShin macrumors regular

    JefferyShin

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    Hello, I just got the 3GS today with Telus (I'm SO happy.).

    I was wondering, how do I turn 3G off and just use my home's wi-fi, so I can watch YouTube without worry?

    I looked on the Apple website and they say to go under Settings - Network.

    I don't have a Network thing.

    I have:
    Airplane Mode
    Wi-Fi
    Carrier

    And so on.

    I think if I join a wi-fi network, it automatically turns my 3G off, but I want to make sure.

    Thanks!
     
  2. MasterDev macrumors 65816

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    Settings -> General -> Network -> Enable 3G = OFF.
     
  3. JefferyShin thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. MasterDev macrumors 65816

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    Not sure about Telus, but I know it won't use 3G.

    Don't expect to be able to make a phone call on Wi-Fi.
     
  5. JefferyShin thread starter macrumors regular

    JefferyShin

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    Uhm, I don't see anything about EDGE.


    Wait....
    I can't call or text!
    Is there a way to be able to call, text, and watch YouTube without affecting my data plan with a wi-fi network?

    I'm sorry, I'm just really new to this iPhone thing.
     
  6. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    No, it just stops the phone from receiving/sending over the 3G network for the time that 3G is set to off :)

    If you want to turn 3G off you have to manually do it by going into Settings like someone posted above. When you join a Wi Fi network the Wi Fi icon does replace the 3G icon, but unless you turn 3G off yourself it'll still stay connected to the network (so, for example, you can still receive SMS/MMS' that people send you).

    You have to be connected to the cellular network to be able to use the phone functions (call, text, etc), you can't do those over Wi Fi. You have to be connected to 3G to call and text, just like with any other 3G-enabled phone.
     
  7. MasterDev macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, you can't call or text while on Wi-Fi only. But you can watch youtube on Wi-Fi.
     
  8. gloss macrumors 601

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    People are neglecting to mention that the phone will automatically use WiFi for all data if it's available, and 3G will run in the background to do phone-y stuff.
     
  9. kolax macrumors G3

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    If 3G is off, the iPhone will revert to EDGE/GPRS..

    Being on WiFi won't mean you can't call or text.
     
  10. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Telus only has 3G.....therefore it can't revert to EDGE/GPRS unless you like roaming on Rogers.
     
  11. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    You can either utilize 3G or not on Telus. When you connect to WiFi you will get superior battery life than if you were on 3G only. An option I use frequently is to turn airplane mode ON then WiFi ON. Great battery saver but you cannot get text/calls.
     

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