3G/2G - why switch?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cbasse, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. cbasse

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    Maybe a rookie question, but here goes - I've seen a lot of posts about where to find an app/widget that allows you to switch between 3G and 2G. My question is: why would I want to do this? Does switching to 2G lessen the amount of data usage (which could be important, considering I'm on AT&T's 200 MB plan)? Or is there some other benefit/reason for doing this?

    Related: I have the SwitchPro widget, which has a 3G-2G switch available -- does this mean I am able to switch if I want to?

    Thanks for your replies!
     

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  2. sirlanceem

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    umm technically yes you would use less data because it's a much slower bandwidth but some people ( like me ) who live on the edge ( lol edge... ) of a 3g signal so it would bounce back and forth between 3g and edge... which is extremely bad for the battery
     
  3. Endoran

    Endoran Well-Known Member
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    3G inherently uses more battery even if you have a solid connection. That's the main reason why, most of us are battery misers.
     
  4. james27007

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    Also, if you are in an area that does not get 3G (like my house), your phone will continue to search for 3G and not really sleep; which kills battery. I can usually add a few hours (3-2) if I disable 3G when I am at home.
     
  5. alphadog00

    alphadog00 Well-Known Member
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    I have not seen or heard of a widget that works yet. People that are switching 3G off have been doing in the phone config menu via the dialpad.

    Someone correct me if i am wrong.
     
  6. TheMasterBaron

    TheMasterBaron New Member
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    If you have rooted your phone and using a compatible ROM, you can use my Toggle 2G app.

    Cheers,
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