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iPhone 4S unable to turn off 3G?!

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waterblaze123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 14, 2011 6:15 AM

How on earth do you turn off 3G on the iPhone 4S that is really stupid if they actually disabled even if it is to make Siri better

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  • bbfc Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 6:17 AM (in response to waterblaze123)

    Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data 'OFF'

  • p17blo Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 5:22 PM (in response to waterblaze123)

    It is missing.  And it is a problem!  2G for me provided better cell coverage and less battery use.

     

    Please FIX this.

     

    Paul

  • timber_wolf1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 6:07 PM (in response to bbfc)

    Turning cellular data off does not turn 3G off, which is what this asker was wanting to know. I would also like to get an answer to this question, since there is no point in having 3G on if I am using wifi.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,995 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 6:18 PM (in response to waterblaze123)

    Interesting, the option is still there on my iPhone 4 upgraded to iOS 5. I'm not sure why you would feel the need to shut off 3G, though. You can get somewhat better battery life on Edge, if your carrier actually has Edge coverage in your area (which I assume they must, else you wouldn't be trying to do this), but unless you are spending a LOT of time talking on the phone throughout the day, I wouldn't think it would make much difference in the long run. It's not like it will prevent you from using as much data on your plan... You'll still use it, just more slllloooowwwwllllyyyyy...

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,995 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 6:21 PM (in response to timber_wolf1)

    timber_wolf1 wrote:

     

    Turning cellular data off does not turn 3G off, which is what this asker was wanting to know. I would also like to get an answer to this question, since there is no point in having 3G on if I am using wifi.

    But if you're on WiFi the phone will use WiFi. When the phone goes into standby, it will shut down the WiFi radio and switch to the cellular data network whether you're on 3G or Edge.  Keeping the WiFi radio powered on and connected is a waste of battery power. If you did that, you'd only get 10 hours of standby time tops.

  • timber_wolf1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 7:51 PM (in response to KiltedTim)

    The entire time that I am on Wifi, I am going to get better battery life by having 3G off. Even though I will be using the Wifi radio, it still has 3G on and running. And I believe you are mistaking the Wifi "browing" battery life with actual standby time.

  • timber_wolf1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 7:53 PM (in response to KiltedTim)

    I don't care about the speed of EDGE, since I am going to be using Wifi. And it does give a big increase in battery life compared to leaving the 3G radio on, which is the main reason why I want to be able to use it.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,995 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 7:58 PM (in response to p17blo)

    We are NOT Apple. Look at the contact us link at the bottom of the page or make a phone call to Apple Care and ask them how to do it. Your phone is new. You get 90 days of phone support.

  • Andie2110 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 15, 2011 2:38 AM (in response to p17blo)

    I really want this fixed too! 3G is draining my battery. I only use 2g to talk and use wifi for Internet. I wish I hadn't got rid of my iphone4 so quickly or this one would have gone back! APPLE PLEASE FIX THIS NOW

  • berger34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 15, 2011 2:56 AM (in response to waterblaze123)

    not that this will help most likely, but I sent an email to Tim Cook.  i know from time to time he answers questions.

  • mel1120 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 15, 2011 4:30 PM (in response to waterblaze123)

    My 3G isn't working on my iphone 4s. When i'm not getting wifi reception, isn't 3G supposed to take its place? I want to be able to browse the internet wherever I go, not just when I have wifi.... please help me

  • wiredzen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 15, 2011 4:52 PM (in response to waterblaze123)

    Really? You're complaing about using 3G over Edge? Do you complain about having to use a Macbook instead of a typewriter? High-speed ethernet instead of dial-up? Apple is progressing with the tech and times; 2G is growing obsolete. At some point they stop supporting old tech. Deal with it.

     

    Oh, and support pages are not for emotional counseling to help you overcome spoiled temper tantrums. It's tech support - write to Apple with your grievances. We can't changes this for you. Quit wasting server time with your gripes.

     

    Also, using wifi is not going to run down the battery like 3G. So either someone isn't on wifi, or they've got a flawed iPhone. When wifi is available, I use it, and my battery life is outstanding.

  • madlokie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 15, 2011 7:34 PM (in response to waterblaze123)

    I turn off 3G when I'm at home because I get spotty 3G coverage just enoufgh to not auto switch to 2G but not enough to not drop calls any cell network engineer will tell you edge is more robust than 3G

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