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How come I have no service if my 3G is off

Phiree
Neighbour
So as said in the title I have no service without having 3G on and that kills my battery
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xl
CPU Alum
CPU Alum
To clarify...
-what phone do you have? Some phones have poor batteries.
-how many signal bars do you have? Poor coverage means the phone and battery needs to work harder.

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Phiree
Neighbour
iPhone 4s and I have 4/5 bars

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Phiree
Neighbour

Hmm... iPhone 4s had a reputation of inaccurate signal meter.  Some say the firmware patch just exagerated the signal meter.

  http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/07/ios4-update-antenna/

 

Things I would do to extend battery life....

  • turn off wifi if you are not using it (for example when you are out of the house)
  • turn off bluetooth if you are not using it
  • turn off location services if you are not using it
  • turn off gps if you are not using it
  • turn down screen brightness
  • turn on airplane mode if you are not expecting an urgent call (ie sleeping, driving)
  • does the 4s have NFC? turn it off if you are not using it.
  • keep the phone at a location with the best signal reception.  My friend's phone battery drains so quickly when he in the office basement where cell signals are weak.
  • consider a battery case or extended battery (this is my fav, it can recharge the iPhone 12 times or an iPad 1.5 times)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-iVSD9XZLU&hd=1
    http://products.ncix.com/detail/momax-ipower-turbo-extremely-high-52-79552-1450.htm

Here's some ideas to try...

  http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3406

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Phiree
Neighbour
I dont believe thats the problem here, I think its the fact that Telus isnt providing service unless 3G is on

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xl
CPU Alum
CPU Alum
To clarify...
-what phone do you have? Some phones have poor batteries.
-how many signal bars do you have? Poor coverage means the phone and battery needs to work harder.

Phiree
Neighbour
iPhone 4s and I have 4/5 bars

Hmm... iPhone 4s had a reputation of inaccurate signal meter.  Some say the firmware patch just exagerated the signal meter.

  http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/07/ios4-update-antenna/

 

Things I would do to extend battery life....

  • turn off wifi if you are not using it (for example when you are out of the house)
  • turn off bluetooth if you are not using it
  • turn off location services if you are not using it
  • turn off gps if you are not using it
  • turn down screen brightness
  • turn on airplane mode if you are not expecting an urgent call (ie sleeping, driving)
  • does the 4s have NFC? turn it off if you are not using it.
  • keep the phone at a location with the best signal reception.  My friend's phone battery drains so quickly when he in the office basement where cell signals are weak.
  • consider a battery case or extended battery (this is my fav, it can recharge the iPhone 12 times or an iPad 1.5 times)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-iVSD9XZLU&hd=1
    http://products.ncix.com/detail/momax-ipower-turbo-extremely-high-52-79552-1450.htm

Here's some ideas to try...

  http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3406

Phiree
Neighbour
Anyone??

Phiree
Neighbour
I dont believe thats the problem here, I think its the fact that Telus isnt providing service unless 3G is on

Iphones need to have 3G on to be connected to the network. 3G is just the name of the network, but people have grown used to calling data as 3G. If you wish to disable data, it's under Cellular Data, turn that off, but leave 3G on.

NFtoBC
Community Power User
Community Power User

@WongTong wrote:

Iphones need to have 3G on to be connected to the network. 3G is just the name of the network, but people have grown used to calling data as 3G. If you wish to disable data, it's under Cellular Data, turn that off, but leave 3G on.


That was my experience when I moved my iPhone 3GS from post-paid to pre-paid - it needed a data connection to connect to the network each time it was wakened. I had hoped to use it with a voice-only pre-paid account, but learned it needed a data connection.  The number of small pay-per-use charges used in checking for information updates, made it sensible to purchase a monthly data pass.

 

My 3Gs has a statement saying 3G will allow faster data downloads; it does not indicate the data radio will be turned off, but rather that it will switch to 2G. Since Telus does not run a 2G network to fall back on, turning 3G off means no network connection.

 

My travelling experience indicates the handshaking which occurrs to the network is not billable data when travelling. In other words, I do not recieve a bill when travelling internationally for these network connections.

 

 

NFtoBC
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