1. imagineThiss's Avatar
    Okay this thread aint about comparing speeds, there is no confusion there !! But what this is about, is comparing signal strength, as to having 3G either toggled on or off. See when i first got my iphone 3g, im gonna flat out say it !!! My signal SUCKEDDDD ! im mean really bad, i never went out of serivce (thankfully) but i never had more than 2 bars where ever i was. At home (where i currently get between 1-2 bars avg) i was messing around with some settings on my iphone 3g, for some reason i felt like turning off 3g data usage, just to see how slow edge really was in comparison , in the process i swear to you, i immediately got 5 BARSS!! and now every where i go with 3g off, 5 BARS !! some 1 plz explain this to me if it can be explained ? Thanx in Advance !
    2008-07-26 07:21 PM
  2. Aiyo's Avatar
    Yeah, on my 3g, i get 0-3 bars in the places I had full bars on my Edge iPhone. Sometimes it jumps to full strength, but its always low... But i can get 0 bars and still have internet..weird

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    2008-07-26 07:58 PM
  3. Bleeditout2130's Avatar
    Here's the simple answer:

    The 3G Network is NOT everywhere....while Edge is. AT&T Coverage Viewer
    2008-07-26 08:14 PM
  4. jwcrash's Avatar
    Here's the simple answer:

    The 3G Network is NOT everywhere....while Edge is. AT&T Coverage Viewer
    He's right - it's just that simple. It's like In 'n Out versus McDonalds...the first blows the second out of the water in terms of quality. But the latter is available in exponentially more areas around the country.

    And I'd normally argue the point that EDGE isn't literally everywhere, but I've used it in areas you'd never imagine had ANY reception - phone or data!
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    2008-07-26 08:47 PM
  5. Zeal's Avatar
    Theres 3g in like 95% of the USA...
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    2008-07-26 08:56 PM
  6. ixbilalxi's Avatar
    Even if i get 1 or 2 bars of 3g i still get 900 kbps at least.

    Its a different signal strength system versus edge. 5 bars edge=like 2 or 3 bars 3g.
    2008-07-26 09:01 PM
  7. imagineThiss's Avatar
    see I kind of knew all this ! But I didn't think it would effect signal... Now maybe data slower faster that's understandable but why would the signal matter when choosing between 3G or EDGE... That's what I wana know maybe it's some thing I don't know about when it comes to networks ?
    2008-07-26 09:46 PM
  8. micromarty's Avatar
    He's right - it's just that simple. It's like In 'n Out versus McDonalds...the first blows the second out of the water in terms of quality. But the latter is available in exponentially more areas around the country.

    And I'd normally argue the point that EDGE isn't literally everywhere, but I've used it in areas you'd never imagine had ANY reception - phone or data!
    I like the analogy....maybe that's just because i am an in n' out employ.
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  9. preston03's Avatar
    3g is in only I'd say around 40% of the US not 95%
    2008-07-27 03:22 AM
  10. mgregor's Avatar
    I lose 3 bars when switching from edge to 3g.
    2008-07-27 03:39 AM
  11. alcala315's Avatar
    Two bars of 3G if im lucky....while im on a call and i lose the 3G signal and switches back to edge it hangs up on whoever im talking to. Does anyone else have this issue?
    2008-07-27 03:52 AM
  12. preston03's Avatar
    I always have full stength with 3g on!
    2008-07-27 04:10 AM
  13. imagineThiss's Avatar
    I always have full stength with 3g on!
    what state do you live in ? if you dont mind me asking ?
    2008-07-27 06:23 PM
  14. Bleeditout2130's Avatar
    what state do you live in ? if you dont mind me asking ?
    I live in Florida, and I've always had full bars. I had them down here and in Jacksonville as well.

    I just got back from Virginia/DC/Maryland last night, and in Virginia they were lacking, but in DC and Maryland I had full bars.

    I'll be in Ohio this weekend and will let you know about there
    2008-07-27 06:39 PM
  15. screamforme02's Avatar
    yeh im in florida right now, i nloy have 1st gen iphone but i swear there is not one place i have been that dosent have full bars. But florida is flat no mountains or hills so sigal travels farther and stronger because thers nothing to get in its way. In Ct where i live it varys because or the mountians heavy forests and such. Iv actually been able to surf the web on edge in florida and its great, wht a diffrence 2-3 bars does
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    2008-07-27 07:00 PM
  16. tyfly867's Avatar
    ive noticed that when i am idle, i average 1-2 bars. But when i make a call or start a data session, it goes to 3-4. So maybe it is a battery saver feature. IDK.
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  17. bts0uth's Avatar
    wow, there are only three cities in kentucky with 3G, lexington, louisville, and frankfort.

    i was in gatlinburg/pidgeon forge tennesse last week and no 3g there either, only when i was around the knoxville area did i pick up 3g on my entire 6 hour drive
    2008-07-28 12:00 AM
  18. soosb21's Avatar
    3g and edge are the data not signal..... id say it has to do with the radio of the phone. a 3g iphone will work where there is no 3g service
    pwned 2.0 (5a347) edge wireless cant wait to get a 3g
    2008-07-28 06:35 AM
  19. imagineThiss's Avatar
    3g and edge are the data not signal..... id say it has to do with the radio of the phone. a 3g iphone will work where there is no 3g service
    thats exactly what im saying... EDGE and 3G are both data connections, why would it effect the SIGNAL, guys get what im saying lol i dunno ?
    2008-07-28 06:43 AM
  20. Travace's Avatar
    yep i noticed this as well.

    3g = 1 to 2 bars
    as soon as i turn it off without even moving a foot it goes to full bars
    2008-07-29 01:58 AM
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