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Old 06-05-2013, 07:55
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Just wondering. I mean, it is pretty much unusable these days but there are occasions when out and about that I lock my Xperia T to 2G to save battery and whatsapp works fine
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:01
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Only if I don't get a 3G signal but it is dead slow but I have used a Nokia 113 on 2G and it seems fast enough probably because the web pages are more compressed though.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:41
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Just wondering. I mean, it is pretty much unusable these days but there are occasions when out and about that I lock my Xperia T to 2G to save battery and whatsapp works fine
I use it almost 95% of the time, when I want to use things like you tube and video, I switch on wifi, with wifi at home and BT Wifi almost everywhere, 3G has been pretty much a waste of time.

Other than the 3 network, if your phones manual allows you to select 2G,3G or 2G and 3G, if its on 3G and 2G, when making calls, your phone is likely to automatically switch to 2G to free up capacity on the network.

2G data works just fine for basic use. For phone calls and text messaging, it really is the best.

The networks should have abandoned 3G plans and jumped straight to investing in 4G, all the spectrum wasted by 3G which covers limited areas.

4G phones and sims currently out now will rinse your battery clean in no time, give it about a year for 4G to materialise and you will find that 2G and 4G is the best.

3G has been an ultimate waste of money and spectrum.

In the USA they are talking about phasing out 2G and phasing out landlines. Well this would be a disaster as 3G signals cover limited areas and those out in the sticks will be really screwed. 2G will be around in the UK for many years to come as it is reliable and works well here.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:30
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I use it all the time considering it seems to be Vodafone's only form of mobile data :P
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:57
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Most places my phone gets H and 3g but have seen it go E or G which seems slow. This O2
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:54
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Only if I'm really desperate to find something on the net. 2G speeds make me want to smash the phone lol.
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Old 06-05-2013, 13:07
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Yep, all the time when i'm on O2 since the 3g network here is absolutely rancid.
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Old 06-05-2013, 13:18
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From what I remember of giffgaff, 2G was par for the course outside of main towns, and slow it was too. And that was even with a 3G 900 compatible phone. Basic and slow mobile web browsing was about most you could do, forget streaming at even low bitrates. It came to a head when on a journey south through Nottinghamshire, I was asked to provide an answer to a question. My phone couldn't maintain a stable connection, when it did, it was horribly slow to the point of unusable. I was then passed another phone which could get Three's 3G service. I got the answer in seconds.

And funnily enough on Three, I pay much less for unlimited 3G data than I would have to do with giffgaff for 2G/3G with only slightly less coverage.
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Old 06-05-2013, 13:52
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Never. It's way too slow. 3G or nothing for me. 2G only for signal for texts if I have no 3G but I don't use 2G for data.
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Old 06-05-2013, 14:13
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It's too slow for me. I usually just put the phone down any time I see the G or E symbol. I don't even like to see the 3G symbol on my phone these days. H or H+ puts a smile on my face.
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Old 06-05-2013, 14:55
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At home, it's 2G all the time for me. Fine for texts/calling, and if I need anything else, I switch on wifi. Saves on battery life considerably for me (HTC Sensation).

3G is only used when I'm out and about and need anything that I'd usually use wifi for.
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Old 07-05-2013, 13:24
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All the time, it's that or nothing in places out here in the sticks (EE). Ticks my email in nicely, works for Twitter. Better than nowt!
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Old 07-05-2013, 13:45
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when i don't have signal. it's fine for email and the like.
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