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pauljm112

Sep 7, 2012, 9:02 PM
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Iphone 3gs gets text and phone works but No INTERNET

I unlocked the phone in april and have the latest os and use an at&t sim that has worked for four months and use the straight talk service from walmart. I could use wifi no problem but outside of that it has a message of unable to connect to server. I went to network under settings and it shows vpn not apn. Does that mean that at&t sent an update that locked the phone again? I went to unlockit.co.nz and like the first time thought after I deleted the old info and added the new apn info it would work but no luck. Any thoughts or suggestions? I am a non techie so if you can explain in a simple way that would be great! Thank you!
Drunk

Jul 29, 2012, 1:13 AM
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Is the 3GS still relevant?

Like, does it still work and will it still be great in a few years if I buy one now?
pauljm112

Mar 29, 2012, 1:02 PM
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Iphone 3GS Can you use it with "Straight talk"

Is there a way to use the 3gs iphone with straight talk which is 45 dollars or everything which is run through walmart. If so how would you go about it do you need some sort of hardware ie sim card and from who? at what cost? A software update or fix to change the carrier from at&t to straight talk? Will the speed go down because of it being a different network or is it the same type of network? Thank you.
dmack

Sep 18, 2011, 12:09 AM
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Email help

Today, my Yahoo email was hacked. I logged in and changed my pw and since then, when I go to Mail on my phone under settings, several options are grayed out (the first 4). Any idea how this happened or how I can get it fixed?
dmack

Mar 14, 2011, 6:34 PM
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Vibrate button

Here lately, I've noticed my phone vibrating in my pocket. So, thinking I'm getting a text or call, I take it out of my pocket to check. No messages or calls. Then, I noticed that I can barely touch the vibrate button on the side and the vibration goes on and off repeatedly, even while it's still in the down position (turned off). Is the button damaged, or is there something else I can do to fix it?
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shazam187

Dec 23, 2010, 11:52 AM
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Saving apps after an HD Wipe

So, a while ago, I wiped my HD disc clean. It was catastrophic failure mode, and needed to give it a good scrubbing... I didn't really have a whole lot of "Gee, I should save this" time before it happened.

Thus, everything that's on my Iphone is more or less an orphan. There's no files on my computer whatsoever. I had to redownload Itunes, so there's no memory whatsoever of anything essentially.

The music is one thing, if that can't be salvaged, so be it. I had that backed up elsewhere, and although it would be a pain in the butt to re-sync, there's like 2000 songs on there that I never listen to that could use a good purge anyway.

But my apps... I really have no desire to lose everything saved on them. That would make me cry.

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giasky

Nov 22, 2010, 2:43 PM
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SWYPE FOR 3GS

Does anyone know if swype is available for the Iphone 3gs? I love it on my work phone but want to know if I can get it on my iphone. Thanks!


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giasky

Oct 9, 2010, 3:08 PM
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may sound stupid but a simple question

How do you open an iphone 3gs?

Sad

I feel like a retard. lol.
hahah not a retard, just somewhat lazy. i recommend that you search through the videos of youtube teaching how to open an iphone and you can also ask help from mr. google for sites which could help you in opening up your iphone. hth!
SuperSerge76

Jul 12, 2010, 1:11 PM
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Time to upgrade. Wanting to buy the 3gs, but I don't want to change my data plan. Any sugestions?

As of right now, I am currently using a Pantech Matrix Pro. Before that, I was using a Blackjack II. My current data plan is unlimited messaging and unlimited internet usage. Can I carry this over to the 3gs? I don't want to shell out the $30 "Apple" plan. Do any iPhone users out there have any advice or stories that could help me?
gatoratc1

Jun 7, 2010, 10:15 PM
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Alarm when phone is off

Does the 3gs and eventually 4g have an alarm that will sound if the phone is off? I have had Blackberries and they do.
JenLittrell

May 13, 2010, 11:20 PM
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Anyone know when the release date is for the new 4.0 update??

Alright... I know there are a lot of people in these forums that work at various cellphone service retailers and have got the inside scoop on a lot of confidential info....

Does anyone know when is the ETA for the new 4.0 update? Also, the online rumor mill has been going crazy with "leaked" images and info of a new iphone 4G.... I'm sure that Apple will release a new iPhone sometime soon since they have released one every year since the original when they release the new updates. Does anyone know when the new iPhone will be on the market? I've heard rumors that Verizon is getting the iphone, but then I've heard that they need to work on their system before bringing the iphone to their line up. All I'm hearing are "rumors" and would ...
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we will find out June 7th
Yeah, I finally saw online where the Apple WWDC is coming June 7-11 and I expect they'll unveil a new iPhone as well. I can't wait to see!!
The iPhone 4.0 Software release date has not yet been confirmed, only info we have is "will be available this summer".
For more info go to
http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/preview-iphone-os/ »
shazam187

May 5, 2010, 10:22 AM
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Turning off an Iphone without using the top button? Possible?

Basically, the top button on my iphone (which locks and turns on/off the phone) has ceased to work a few weeks ago. Restore done and nothing doing...

Is there a way to turn my iphone off that doesn't require using that button? I'd like to reboot the thing, as it's been searching for a signal for the last hour, but I'm not sure I can without simply draining the battery...

If anybody has any ideas, let me know. :-)
you can let the battery die... Confused
sfphoto

May 1, 2010, 5:31 PM
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iPhone for GPS and Traffic?

iPhone good for GPS and Traffic

or dedicated device like a Garmin?

Also, can you speak an address and have the GPS display the location?


Thanks!
diggitydogg76

May 1, 2010, 12:29 PM
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iPad

Can someone please tell me about the iPad?! I am on a closed network and cant research myself but have customers asking about it. Is it basically just a tablet pc but from apple? From what I've read/heard it almost seems like an expensive electronic book but just want to clarify.
Well if you know what an iPod touch is, just think bigger screen.
TheDroidDoes

Jan 29, 2010, 12:28 PM
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QUICK QUESTION...

alright i have a quick ? for you IPHONE users....i currently use the DROID ERIS and have been thinking about comming over to the IPHONE.....the few things that are keeping me from moving to the iphone is that i would be downgradeing to a 3 megapixel camera from a 5 megapixel camer...this IS a BIG deal for me being that i travel A LOT...also id be looseing the android market and OS which i REALLY REALLY REALLY like....my girlfriend has the IPHONE and it is very customizeable however just not quite as much as my ERIS ...i would really like to go to the iphone because of the larger screen and because it comes with twice the memory which i need for my pics and stuff like that...pretty much i am to the point that im about to honestly take a quar...
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3gs has a 3 mp camera as well as a faster processor and video editing software. the 3g has a 2mp camera and a slower processor and no video editing. the original iphone is still edge network so the browsing is alot slower. I have a 3gs and i am so hap...
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TheDroidDoes

Jan 29, 2010, 12:11 PM
over in the "Apple iPhone 3GS" discussion:

QUICK QUESTION....

alright i have a quick ? for you IPHONE users....i currently use the DROID ERIS and have been thinking about comming over to the IPHONE.....the few things that are keeping me from moving to the iphone is that i would be downgradeing to a 3 megapixel camera from a 5 megapixel camer...this IS a BIG deal for me being that i travel A LOT...also id be looseing the android market and OS which i REALLY REALLY REALLY like....my girlfriend has the IPHONE and it is very customizeable however just not quite as much as my ERIS Embarassed ...i would really like to go to the iphone because of the larger screen and because it comes with twice the memory which i need for my pics and stuff like that...pretty much i am to the point that im about to honestly take ...
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First its to late to even think about buying a 3gs. You only gave a couple more months till the iPhone HD comes out(4g) what ever you want to call it. That will have upgraded cameras etc. Your compareingg cameras on just Meg pix alone. Not good. A 5 K...
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You can do a side by side comparison here at this site.

You will see that the 'S' model has a faster processor, more memory (both help with games) and better screen protection.

The other features mostly come with newer software which you can add...
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Why after enjoying REAL 3g service would you want to go to AT&T? Not to bad mouth the compitition, but aside from T-Mobile, AT&T has the smallest 3g coverage of any national carrier! If memory is an issue, get a bigger microsd card, it is expandable...
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sfphoto

Apr 13, 2010, 4:34 PM
over in the "Apple iPhone 3GS" discussion:

Using unlocked phone

A newbie question:

I use a simple GMS (factory unlocked) Samsung phone now with an ATT Simm card (pay as you go).

Would like to consider an iPhone 3G and would use it mostly for GPS, photos, Wi-Fi.

If I get an unlocked 3G model can I simply insert my present or another ATT simm card? (I called ATT and was told I had to go to a store to find out).


Thanks in advance for your input!
asmwildcat

Jan 18, 2010, 3:16 PM
over in the "Apple iPhone 3GS" discussion:

Batter Life

I am finally caving in and trying to leave Blackberry for an iPhone. Any recommendations on making battery life last? My Storm battery lasts 3x as long as the iPhone 3G S. Is there an app or something that can manage or increase battery strenght?

Thanks for any and all help!!!
There are apps that say that they manage battery life but the reviews on those are mixed. Have a car charger handy and lower your screen brightness a little. The battery on the Iphone is not bad and in my opinion and its still the best phone on the ma...
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I have noticed that after almost a year having the 3gs that can't make it home after a hour day with out chafing. It wasn't always like this. So that said I started checking and I was at 35% with 3hr 31 m of usage, that's everything lumped together. A...
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ATTRetailerRep

Apr 7, 2010, 5:17 PM
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iPhone Innovations?

Can anyone name an iPhone Innovation?
Pinch? picture swiping? swiping to delete an email? apps? how am i doing
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LGquester

Mar 19, 2010, 12:27 PM
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Bluetooth Voice commands

Say, do your Iphones allow Voice Commands for initiating a call over a Bluetooth headset? That always worked with all my other phones for the last several years with both Verizon and AT&T. I have accounts on both for when one network or the other is weak in an area I'm traveling in. But I have found that with my Droid on Verizon, that feature simply does not work and its not a flaw in my phone, Verizon acknowledges that it doesn't work with the Droid for some reason no one can explain. The bluetooth works for everything else on the phone including answering calls and the phone works well. But that one missing feature makes this phone illegal to use while driving in most States. I'm surprised that AT&T has not exploited that in their Ads y...
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