9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 13, 2010 2:11 PM by flag8r77
flag8r77 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
-is wifi generally considered faster than 3g? How much more?
-when using the iPhone on a wifi network does it use any data allowance?
-is it worth getting wifi at my house from my CPU to have a faster iPhone and less data usage from 3g? (considering dropping the unlimited data plan if so)
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,705 points)
    is wifi generally considered faster than 3g? How much more?


    802.11n equipment will generally report connections in the 130-150 Mbps rated range. 3G a minimum data rate of 2 Mbit/s for stationary or walking users, and 384 kbit/s in a moving vehicle, but various rates are sold as 3G by carriers so this will vary from carrier to carrier.

    -when using the iPhone on a wifi network does it use any data allowance?


    No.

    is it worth getting wifi at my house from my CPU to have a faster iPhone and less data usage from 3g? (considering dropping the unlimited data plan if so)


    Yes. Since iphone 4 supports N, make sure you set up an N speed router to take full advantage of the new phone.
  • flag8r77 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    So the new os4 software that will be on my 3gs will support N type routers?
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,705 points)
    Your 3GS only supports up to G speed, the new phone will have a N speed chip(802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)).
  • flag8r77 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Confused about this part, 802.11n 2.4GHz only?
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,705 points)
    802.11n is the speed, 2.4GHz is the channel. There are are number of dual channel routers on the market(2.4GHz & 5GHz) capable of broadcasting on both channels simultaneously or a single channel router can be set up to broadcast on either channel.
  • Apple-One-A-Day Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    just spoke to an AT&T rep (this confirms AT&T website)...

    to use any iPhone, you must have both voice and data plan.

    You can't drop data plan and keep only voice plan.
  • flag8r77 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Wasn't planning on dropping. Was considering going off unlimited and moving to one of the newer lower priced data plans.
  • flag8r77 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    So just to clarify...the new software upgrade running on my 3GS will support 802.11n? Beacuse I don't really see that in the specs. The new iPhone 4 states that it does, but I can't find anything that says the software update for the 3GS will allow this.

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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,705 points)
    No. Only the iphone 4 will have an "N" chip. Software can't change hardware .