What do you use more often? 3g/edge or wifi (when available)?

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What do you use more often? 3g/edge or wifi?

  1. 3g/edge

    48 vote(s)
    41.7%
  2. wifi

    67 vote(s)
    58.3%
  1. dns72 macrumors member

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    #1
    I get great 3g coverage in my home/area, so I try to use that more often.
     
  2. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    #2
    I use 3g exclusively at work and wifi exclusively at home because it makes my battery last longer. So I guess half and half :) but when I'm out anywhere I always use 3g unless I'm somewhere that has free wifi.
     
  3. sthursby macrumors member

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    #3
    I've actually turned off the Wifi searcher, as I was getting annoyed by all the pop-ups as I moved about for locked networks...completely forgotten about it, so I guess I use 3G 100% of the time! :p

    We did just get wireless installed at home, though, so I might switch to using Wifi when at home.
     
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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  5. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    #5
    3g

    I have WiFi at home but dont use the phone for any data services here, prefer my macbook, so have wifi turned off
     
  6. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000

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    #6
    If 3G, edge, and wifi are available I pick wifi.
     
  7. gloss macrumors 601

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    #7
    Why would you ever use 3G if you have WiFi available? It's faster and it uses less power.
     
  8. hsk macrumors regular

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    #8
    For me - I forget it's on when I leave home and I believe that runs the battery down more, right? Because you are searching for a wifi connection?
     
  9. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    #9
    I'm posting from my iPhone on my home wifi. I use wifi at home and anywhere there is free wifi. Otherwise it's 3G...I can really notice the battery drain while on 3G.
     
  10. davyreins macrumors 6502

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    #10
    3G is usually fine for what I'm doing and I usually keep wifi off to save the battery. However, if I know that I'm going to be downloading a larger file or surfing the web for a while then I will turn wifi on.
     
  11. countrydweller macrumors 6502

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    #11
    WIFI whenever I can.
     
  12. jrlcopy macrumors 6502

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  13. Nickday89 macrumors regular

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    it depends where i am:
    if i'm at home, i'm on my computer or i'll go to it if i need to look something up, so there's no point to me using wifi on my phone. if i'm at a friends house who has unlocked wifi i'll use their wifi. if i'm on the road, i'll use edge or 3g
     
  14. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    #14
    I turn 3G off when I get home and turn wifi on.

    So, at hone us use wifi and edge out and about 3G don't even bother to look for wifi out, so I turn it off when leaving the house.
     
  15. juanster macrumors 68020

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  16. jmann macrumors 604

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    #16
    I can only use T-Mobile edge, so I don't really have the option of 3G unfortunately. I prefer wifi.
     
  17. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    +1. I use WiFi at home and EDGE when anywhere else, unless I'm impatient for something, then I switch to 3G for a bit.
     
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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  19. HighLife420 macrumors 6502a

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    #19
    so wait...in terms of power consumption

    3G > Wifi > Edge?

    I would of thought Wifi would of consumed more power than 3G.

    Am i mistaken?
     
  20. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    #20
    I can go all weekend on WiFi.

    Edit: You don't believe me? :)
    vvvvvvvvvvv
     
  21. HighLife420 macrumors 6502a

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    #21
    hmm, anyone else really confirm this?

    I have my Wifi turned off and using just 3G since i thought that it save me some battery power.
     
  22. Roofy. macrumors 6502a

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    #22
    3G all the time.... when there is wifi I use wifi.
     
  23. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    What is important is that you actually have a wifi signal available. So, you don't want wifi turned on, if you are not near your house, for example.
     
  24. mappyman macrumors regular

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    #24
    WiFi uses much less power than 3G / Edge.

    I have an iPhone 3G which is on standby for 10 days now (don't use it much cos I have 3GS) - connected via WiFi.
     
  25. HighLife420 macrumors 6502a

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    #25
    so as long as i turn off discover new wifi networks and only connect to the ones i know, this will be less power then just keeping it in 3G all the time?

    Or is it that i need to turn off 3G and Edge when using wifi? or back and forth...
     

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