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  • iPhone 4S Lacks Enable 3G Switch in Network Settings



    This is just odd. Appleís iPhone 4S lacks the ďEnable 3GĒ switch found in Appleís other versions of the iPhone.

    The switch, found in the Network Settings Menu, allows users to switch of 3G data on their device, prolonging their battery life, especially in areas where 3G is absent. A reader tipped Engadget off with a photo of their 4S on Vodafoneís network, showing the witch was absent. Engadget checked their 4S running on AT&Tís network here in the U.S. and confirmed that it too lacked the enable 3G switch.

    While this isnít a make or break issue, it does seem odd that Apple would prevent users looking to optimize their battery life from doing so. Apple hasnít officially responded to questions regarding the reason for dropping the switch on 4S devices. Appleís other phones (3GS, iPhone 4) that are upgraded to iOS 5 still have the option available in their Network Settings, so this isnít an iOS 5 specific issue.

    AT&T users specifically might have an issue not being able to turn of 3G services on their phone. AT&Tís 3G coverage is poor bordering on horrible in many areas. Unless the 4S is somehow optimized to no search for 3G towers constantly, many owners in rural, or poor 3G service areas could see a considerable drop in battery life.

    *Update*

    This image was sent in by MMi member Andrew Evans and shows that his CDMA iPhone 4 lacks the 3G Enable Switch as well. Perhaps the reason the iPhone 4S lacks the ability to switch between 3G and 2G networks has to do with the new baseband chipset that includes both CDMA and GSM radios. This would explain why GSM iPhone 4, and iPhones retain the 3G switch, but the CDMA versions do not.



    Source: Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4S Lacks Enable 3G Switch in Network Settings started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      fixed in 5.0.1?
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Hm, that is weird. Edit: just read the answer to my question lol. Yeah that's weird.
    1. Dizi's Avatar
      Dizi -
      Apple doesn't want you to be reminded that you are NOT on 4G.
    1. manbearpig's Avatar
      manbearpig -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizi View Post
      Apple doesn't want you to be reminded that you are NOT on 4G.
      so true haha
    1. jrrtps's Avatar
      jrrtps -
      unbelievable!!! how long the developers had to make all tests on iOS5 and now!!!! no coments!!!
    1. swinger360's Avatar
      swinger360 -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      fixed in 5.0.1?
      I'm guessing It's because Siri needs a fast connection. I've already run into issues with the poor connection, Siri can't process the information fast enough and complains. If 3G is turned off...Siri wouldn't work and people would piss and moan about that instead.
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Now I'm kinda glad I'm stuck with a 4

      3G by me sucks planetarium ballz
      I'm always using edge and connected to wifi here. I only care for 3G to be on when I'm using gps. So far I'm still not convinced to actually want the 4S
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      So that means there is 3G, you just can't turn it off, right? Weird.
    1. Fender's Avatar
      Fender -
      Is it just me or does the carpet look darker next to the black iPhone and lighter next to the white one?
    1. dmoore0157's Avatar
      dmoore0157 -
      Quote Originally Posted by swinger360 View Post
      I'm guessing It's because Siri needs a fast connection. I've already run into issues with the poor connection, Siri can't process the information fast enough and complains. If 3G is turned off...Siri wouldn't work and people would piss and moan about that instead.
      I concur. I have run into problems with Siri and have had perfect connection. I can't imagine what it would be like running on a slower network. Honestly, I have enjoyed the phone but itís frustrating when the features don't always work. I have had periods of up to 30 minutes today when the Siri function didn't even work. It completely just bugged out. Not even a response just circling purple lights for minutes at a time, and had all 5 bars, showing full service. Not fun when you are trying to show off your new iPhone. lol...
    1. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      Hmm seems to me that 3G switch shouldn't be absent, rather it should also have one for 4g/hspa+ next to it!
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Can this be fixed by a simple jailbreak tweak?
    1. Guy Cooper's Avatar
      Guy Cooper -
      When this gets jailbroken, will the 3G SBSettings still turn it off or will it be redundant?
    1. sabes143's Avatar
      sabes143 -
      posted in place
    1. Donathan Rose's Avatar
      Donathan Rose -
      What was the whole thing about the switching back and fourth between the two antennas on the "lets talk iPhone keynote" talking about? Was that not about it switching from 3G to 2G for optimum performance and power usage? Just a guess..
    1. Birken's Avatar
      Birken -
      I have an Iphone 4, just upgraded to IOS 5 and I too don't have the enable/disable 3G. So this also happens on Iphone 4 !
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      2G's not only good for battery life, but also when the 3G reception is bad I'll turn it off and have ether phone calls.

      I guess this is Apple's way of telling you to jailbreak ;D
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Birken View Post
      I have an Iphone 4, just upgraded to IOS 5 and I too don't have the enable/disable 3G. So this also happens on Iphone 4 !
      I have the enable/disable 3G and I also have an iPhone 4 iOS 5.
    1. ish8894's Avatar
      ish8894 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Birken View Post
      I have an Iphone 4, just upgraded to IOS 5 and I too don't have the enable/disable 3G. So this also happens on Iphone 4 !
      False, I have it on my iPhone 4 on 5.0.
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Birken View Post
      I have an Iphone 4, just upgraded to IOS 5 and I too don't have the enable/disable 3G. So this also happens on Iphone 4 !
      Oohh.... your phone broken.