Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 1:05 PM (in response to Junaid Azeem)
I have the same problem. This is not fair by Apple. Because operators want to shut down the 2G we will have to stick with 3G only which is terrible in terms of battery, drop calls, voice quality, etc..Only data is better. I hope that apple brings back the 2G only feature. Otherwise I will go back to 6.0.2. Shame!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 1:18 PM (in response to Junaid Azeem)
The decision on whether to include this or not is carrier specific. Many carriers are shutting down their 2G networks or have plans to do so in the very near future.
See the manual for iOS 6.1, page 135 (emphasis mine):
Enable or disable 3G: Using 3G loads Internet data faster in some cases, but may decrease battery performance. If you’re making a lot of phone calls, you may want to turn 3G off to extend battery life. This option is not available in all areas.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 7:24 AM (in response to modular747)
Let me inform apple experts that HSPA has a total global penetartion of 34%. In US is more than 60%. So I hope that the above will be read by someone and understand how important is to enable the capability to switch off 3G.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 10:51 AM (in response to NKSMAC)
Let me inform apple experts that HSPA has a total global penetartion of 34%.
Let me inform you that your understanding of this problem is bass ackwards. This is an issue only where there IS HSPA "penetration." It occurs when there is poor 3G signal and the user now can't switch to GSM/2G.
When there is NO HSPA signal, the phone ALWAYS defaults to GSM/2G without a need for manual switching.