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3G only?!?! Dammit!

japhy

Jan 26, 2009, 11:31 AM
If I've got internet at home, I don't need 3G! The only thing I need in my house is better voice reception. I don't want my voice to run off 3G signal anyway, because that drains the battery faster.

Bah!
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matellinc

Jan 26, 2009, 12:23 PM
Ok I will just be giving you a simple idea of what this does:

The use of this tech is allowing you to talk where the voice is not working to well, Just like verizon/sprint/tmobile its allowing you to pick up signal where you would be able to before. Therefore VOIP is the honestly only way you are going to work it, 3g is going to make the battery drain faster but not as fast as using the phone on a weaker signal.

To be honest I would bet that your life of your battery will actually be better once you get one of these.

Less strain trying to get better coverage=better battery life.
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Overmann

Jan 26, 2009, 1:18 PM
It's not 3G only. 3G only supports data transfer, not voice calls. 2G (GPRS/EDGE) supports voice calls and data, but data at a much lower speed. Therefore, in order to be 3G and make voice calls, it has to be 2G/3G. At least AT&T is thinking ahead by making 3G available through this.
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japhy

Jan 26, 2009, 1:51 PM
Actually, UMTS 3G does support voice calls; see here:

http://www.phonescoop.com/glossary/term.php?gid=104 »

It's debatable as to whether there's a difference in voice quality, but there's no debate about battery life - it uses it up faster.

The details also specifically state that a 3G phone is required, conveniently leaving out most older and lower end (& lower ARPU) customers. I've got a 3G phone that I sorta like, but when it dies (not replacing it till then), I'm going for an unlocked phone with 2g and wifi for my data (I really don't want to pay for a data service that's redundant, since I have wifi access in multiple places already). I also don't want to get a new phone for my wife (D407). It's frustrating because with the ...
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crackberry

Jan 26, 2009, 1:57 PM
Overmann said:
It's not 3G only. 3G only supports data transfer, not voice calls. 2G (GPRS/EDGE) supports voice calls and data, but data at a much lower speed. Therefore, in order to be 3G and make voice calls, it has to be 2G/3G. At least AT&T is thinking ahead by making 3G available through this.

you are incorrect. at&t's 3G service is for voice and data. this will work for 3G because gsm doesn't work will with this technology. their entire 3G network does voice and data. cdma carriers are the ones that doesn't use 3G for voice.
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JoeyDee

Jan 26, 2009, 2:07 PM
crackberry said:


you are incorrect. at&t's 3G service is for voice and data. this will work for 3G because gsm doesn't work will with this technology. their entire 3G network does voice and data. cdma carriers are the ones that doesn't use 3G for voice.


Apples and oranges. 3G for the 'GSM' tree is completely different from 3G on the CDMA tree. Technically speaking, 1xRTT, which is what Sprint/Verizon use for voice and narrowband internet is a 3G tech. That why almost every single sprint phone made, most verizon phones from the past 5 years and all virgin mobile phones have a sticker on the back that says '3G CDMA' on it.
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crackberry

Jan 26, 2009, 5:22 PM
JoeyDee said:


Apples and oranges. 3G for the 'GSM' tree is completely different from 3G on the CDMA tree. Technically speaking, 1xRTT, which is what Sprint/Verizon use for voice and narrowband internet is a 3G tech. That why almost every single sprint phone made, most verizon phones from the past 5 years and all virgin mobile phones have a sticker on the back that says '3G CDMA' on it.

yes but what i was pointing out the the other poster was that at&t does use 3G for voice.
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