Why can't I get a iPhone a without 3G plan?
Hi all. I'm new here. Don't have an iphone yet, but plan on getting one shortly. I was kinda waiting to see what will happen with some of the problems that I've been reading about. Which brings me to my question.
Does the iphone still the connection problems, drop calls, etc. when 3G is turned off? There is no 3G coverage where I live, and I have access to wifi at work and at home. I don't really need 3G anyway.
- 09-03-2008, 02:02 PM #2
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- 09-04-2008, 01:29 PM #13
It is like saying you want to buy a car with a radio in it - but since you don't listen to music, you won't use it or turn it on (I swear, cross my heart).
As far as I know - there isn't a way to permanently disable 3G in a device that physically has the radio in it (from AT&T's POV) - and why would they want to make that option available for the rather tiny group of people who won't pony up the extra money for it?
Easy Cost / Benefit equation from their point of view.
- 09-04-2008, 01:32 PM #14
Also, that wasn't the point of my original post. All I was wanting to know, is if the iphone would have all the issues that I have read about, if I just turned the 3G off.
- 09-04-2008, 02:37 PM #16
Hope that makes sense. (by the way - I wasn't replying to your post - that is why I quoted Reaktor5.)
First let me apologize if my post sounded argumentative. It honestly wasn't meant to. And I do understand your point about the car radio, and completely agree.
As for my question about dropped calls and 3G: you answered it exactly. Thank you. That made sense to me but I wanted to be sure. See, when I get an iphone, I will probably give up my BlackBerry. That just makes me a little nervous.
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- 09-04-2008, 04:02 PM #21
The iPhone 3G has a REAL radio in it to handle the data separately from cell calls. It is physical hardware in the new iPhone 3G (which is why the old iPhones **can't** access it.) My analogy wasn't an accident.
You are saying you don't want to use it / can't use it -- so you dont' want to pay for it. However - it is in there - waiting to be used. So if you decide to travel to somewhere where there IS 3G - then you will be able to use it. You are paying more for the ability to access the 3G network - whether you do or not is immaterial.
If you don't want to pay the money for 3G - then you need to get a phone that doesn't even SUPPORT it. Then AT&T can be sure you aren't using it - and can offer you a lower data plan.
Anyway - hope this helps.
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- 09-04-2008, 05:50 PM #24
Yeah - today is especially bad - so much so that I turned 3G off to get the 5 bars of Edge back.
Just so I am speaking directly -
Edge = -63 (signal strength) (varies from -63 to -67 normally)
3G = -113 (signal strength) (varies from -99 to -113 normally)
And it still tries to pick up on 3G - drops the call. Then 5 seconds later - switches to Edge...
-Daniel (in Los Angeles)
- 09-04-2008, 05:58 PM #25