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Old 11-04-2008, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Picked up my Bold last night and I've been paying close attention to my 3G signal here in Chicago. Bottom line, my phone is spending a lot of time holding a 3G signal, then going to Edge, then back again. Depending on what neighborhood of the city I'm in, 3G can be strong or non-existent. Is there a way to set it to do 2G only? I can go back and turn on 3G when I'm in a strong data area, but I would like to keep the phone in 2G when I'm not in such an area.
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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From what I have seen this is not an option on ATT Bolds!!!

there is a convo/thread on this already research there

here is the link

ATT No Option for Edge Only Like on Rogers
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Old 11-04-2008, 03:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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EZ is correct, that is not an option on the ATT branded 9000s.

I have a Rogers-branded Bold running on the ATT network, and I do have the option to drop back to 2G only.
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Old 11-04-2008, 03:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes, AT&T has locked this in the firmware. There is NO way to adjust that setting. This only effects AT&T Branded Bolds with an AT&T SIM card.
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Old 11-04-2008, 03:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i suppose this includes the removal of Blackberry Maps as well?
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WTF, that makes no sense. So the thing searches for a 3g signal all day long if you're in a place (like me) where there is none? I'm guessing my battery wouldn't last a full day. Guess that makes the ATT Bold a non option for me. Glad I found this out, I though I could turn 3g off. Now that they dropped the price to $199 I was considering it too. Next move:the Storm!
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Old 11-04-2008, 03:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Anyone have any guesses as to why ATT would lock that feature out?
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Old 11-04-2008, 04:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Anyone have any guesses as to why ATT would lock that feature out?
Probably so people dont turn it off and say its SLLLOOOWWWWW...
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WTF, that makes no sense. So the thing searches for a 3g signal all day long if you're in a place (like me) where there is none? I'm guessing my battery wouldn't last a full day. Guess that makes the ATT Bold a non option for me. Glad I found this out, I though I could turn 3g off. Now that they dropped the price to $199 I was considering it too. Next move:the Storm!
An unlocked Rogers Bold with an AT&T SIM will work just fine!
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Anyone have any guesses as to why ATT would lock that feature out?
Because they market the device as a 3G smartphone, and it's supposed to switch when 3G isn't available.
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Yes, AT&T has locked this in the firmware. There is NO way to adjust that setting. This only effects AT&T Branded Bolds with an AT&T SIM card.
How are AT&T branded Bolds with another carriers SIM effected?
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How are AT&T branded Bolds with another carriers SIM effected?
You will be able to choose. It only effects an AT&T Branded Bold with an AT&T SIM
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I see that my question appears to have been answered in a provious post but I want to be absolutely certain before I trade my E71 for a Bold tomorrow morning that is an AT&T branded phone.

Using the AT&T Bold, unlocked and on T-Mobile with a T-Mobile SIM card, will I be able to choose 2g only?
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I see that my question appears to have been answered in a provious post but I want to be absolutely certain before I trade my E71 for a Bold tomorrow morning that is an AT&T branded phone.

Using the AT&T Bold, unlocked and on T-Mobile with a T-Mobile SIM card, will I be able to choose 2g only?
I was not able to do so with an AT&T branded Bold on T-Mobile. With my current Rogers Bold I am able.
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:17 AM   #15 (permalink)
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is there any real benefit having it set to 2G only?
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:20 AM   #16 (permalink)
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is there any real benefit having it set to 2G only?
battery life. i have mine solely set on 2g, and im 2 or 3 hours better off every single day.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:53 AM   #17 (permalink)
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is there any real benefit having it set to 2G only?
If you travel overseas, in some places 3G data does not work with AT&T bold with their international data plan.
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:03 AM   #18 (permalink)
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are yall serious i pick up the curve for tmobile about a3 weeks before i got my bold For at&t i feel there isnt a need to complain about the 3g signal and the life of the battery you can always update to a strong battery that they sell @ the at&t store for $75 more my thing is if you going to be traveling bring your charger withh you if you going to be driving there are car charger there are ways to keep your phone charger so lets just stop complaining and enjoy our phones !!!!
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:07 AM   #19 (permalink)
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