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What does E mean instead of 3G?

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by anmanwar, Jul 2, 2011.

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    So if I'm traveling and my A T & T connection has 5 bars but it says E....does that just mean there isn't 3 G service?? My Verizon phone works great (figures! I guess the commercials about Verizon being better are true!) I don't get it...I do have a connection, just slow. Wifi locked here (bummer). I guess I just don't get why if it has 5 bars it says E? Error??
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    E = EDGE network, definitely slower than 3G

    Oops, I just saw The Archangel beat me to that
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    If you're way out in the boonies, you may also see a small letter 'o' appear instead of '3G' or 'E'... If you do see an 'o' there, then you have a GPRS connections which is incredibly slow. Much slower than 3G or Edge... It's almost useless.
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    There is something actually slower than 3G? I never have seen my E show up. Interesting!
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    EDGE....ok then. Interesting! Well at least it's not the little o!! iPad 2 does function out here just much slower than normal. Thanks for the info!!!! Annette
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    Edge kicks in where a carrier's network starts to get spotty. Where it kicks in varies from carrier to carrier.

    In some places, my AT&T will kick over to edge, while you can still get 3G on another carrier, and vice versa. This week, a traveling companion could only get edge on T-Mobile, while I got 3G on AT&T. On cross-country road trips, edge sometimes kicks in between cell towers along interstates.
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    If you manage to hit 'o' than you can use the iPad's glossy display to send reflected light signals.
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    E= Extremely worthless. Cannot get on the internet on E in North Georgia Mountains...

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