Why no option to turn off 3G on the iPhone 4S?

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  1. meatballs macrumors 6502

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    Apple website says battery life is up to 14 hours on GSM/EDGE (2G) but they have removed the setting to turn off 3G. Anyone know why this is?
     
  2. ap3604 macrumors 68000

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    Figured this had something to do with Verizon and Sprint having the same hardware and software model as AT&T.

    They probably didn't want to confuse CDMA customers with a "turn off 3G" button since that was only intended for GSM iPhones previously, not CDMA.

    I agree though that it is a nice feature to have that I miss :(
     
  3. Goldinboy17 macrumors 65816

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    Maybe because it was never a feature for CDMA iPhones? I could imagine they're trying to keep all of the phones on the same OS and since the Sprint/Verizon phones can't disable it they won't offer it for AT&T users.

    AP beat me to it.
     
  4. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    there were always two software loads depending on carrier, so I think the switch was in the last OS for AT&T
     
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    Is the switch missing on the AT&T iPhone too?

    It's strange; the switch can apply to both CDMA and GSM carriers; with CDMA carriers 3G is "EVDO" and non-3G is "1xRTT". So there's no reason to leave it out on any carrier.
     
  6. mwhities macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it's missing on AT&T as well.
     
  7. RKilbane20 macrumors 6502a

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    ios5 on my iPhone 4 gives me the option to turn off 3G on ATT
     

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