Usefulness of 3G for voice

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hachre, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. hachre macrumors 6502a

    hachre

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    So maybe someone can explain this to me.

    The facts (to the best of my knowledge)
    • 3G is only useful for data transfer speed
    • everywhere where you have 3G normal GSM is also supported
    • if you have 3G enabled your battery drains faster in standby
    • if you have 3G enabled your battery life is reduced to 50% during calls
    So if the above is all true, then why would you ever wanna have 3G on for phone calls? Why isn't there a 3G Auto option that automatically toggles 3G on for data transfers and then turns it off again when unused and turns it off immediately during phone calls?

    Is there any advantage whatsoever to having 3G for calls?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    The sound quality is much better when calling a land line or other 3G phone.
     
  3. hachre thread starter macrumors 6502a

    hachre

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    Interesting, I never noticed that... I'l try it out tomorrow.. ;)
     
  4. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    ditto, never noticed either. In fact, my 3g is sometimes worse.
     
  5. deannnnn macrumors 68000

    deannnnn

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    Is that true? I've never heard that before.

    I just assumed that they want voice on 3G so that eventually Edge could be phased out completely. Obviously far in the future but you wouldn't want to be permanently attached to it forever, right?

    Then again, what do I know?
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    It appears that way for me. My reasoning for it is that the phone makes voice stream into data that is sent over the airwaves. With 3G there is more bandwidth for the voice data. So its a higher quality.
     

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