Why does my 3G symbol turn to a circle soooo often

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  1. himynameiscody macrumors 6502a

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    Is my reception that bad, do guys randomly get this? I'll even walk outside for full bars
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it means your reception is reverting to EDGE.
     
  3. saving107 macrumors 603

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    When 3G fails your phone will revert back to EDGE, but when EDGE fails your phone will revert back to GPRS, which is that O that you see.

    3G = 3rd Generation Network
    EDGE = 2.5 Generation Network
    GPRS = 2.0 Generation Network

    So when you walk outside, you are getting Full Bars of GPRS network (its OK for phone calls, but data will be even slower than EDGE)
     
  4. himynameiscody thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have Verizon And when I have that Circle data doesn't work at all. And it takes forever to get back to 3g
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    When a Verizon iPhone sees the circle it means you're on Verizon's 3G voice network. This network has better coverage, but the data speeds are near dial-up.
     
  6. wordoflife, Dec 24, 2011
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    Verizon/Sprint with circle : 1xRTT
    AT&T/GSM with circle : gprs

    Translation: garbage speeds.

    Nope, doesn't happen to me. I always have 3G (At&T). I think it's a problem with your reception.
     
  7. DroidRules macrumors 65816

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    Because you live in the boonies and get crap cell reception. Move out of the sticks!
     
  8. himynameiscody thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Phoenix az
     
  9. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

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    Nahaha.. You said boonies. :D
     
  10. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    I'm sorry, but that's wrong.

    E symbol: EDGE
    o symbol: GPRS, not EDGE.
     
  11. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Oh yes that's correct.
    thanks
     

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