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Old 07-10-2009, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Moved my wife from my old ATT Curve to the Bold. I have a few issues that I can't 'debug' so I know some you smart folks probably already did this...

1) Which is the browser that uses Wifi? I hate that ATT versions always have multiple browsers, I just want to set up the browser so it uses Wifi. I 'think' I set up the browser for Wifi but the speed is SO SLOW, pretty much at EDGE rates. My home network is very fast w/ my cable modem so Wifi/broadband speed is not the bottleneck.
2) After setting up this browser, will it default to 3G/EDGE if the Wifi is off?
3) My wife complains that often a clock icon appears on the screen, as if the phone is busy. How can I determine what process is doing that? She only has a few apps: Google maps, 3 inboxes for mail, SMS, and Facebook. I'm wondering if it's Facebook. I read about the alt/esc trick, I will do that as well.
4) Do the apps default to Wifi if it's present? I'm not clear how the Bold does data, if it always uses Wifi and then uses 3G/EDGE otherwise. I'm used to my iPhone working this way.
5) I've tried to turn off BT, Wifi, GPS, and LED blinking to save battery. On the Curve it gave the phone up to 3 days. I don't seem to get that much on the Bold, maybe 1 day or so. Is that normal? Does the 3G radio really eat up that much?

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1) for use with wi-fi only. i.e when your not near a wi-fi point it wont connect to EDGE, use HOTSPOT BROWSER.

2)No, if you set it up as INTERNET BROWSER (or blackberry browser) it will use wi-fi when available (to check you should see wi-fi in the top corner, if you cant, press U) and will use GPRS/3G when not near wi-fi.

3)check the app free memory (options - memory) if it is low, pull the battery out for 30 seconds, put back in. use the alt+esc to check for running apps. make sure apps are closed properly and not running in the background when not in use.

4)Some do, some don't.

5)3G can eat up the battery, but for a call of about an hour can drain the battery by maybe 10%. longer calls, drain the battery faster.
look into using the sleep function (press the button on the top [MUTE button] until it says "entering sleep mode..." on the screen. this saves battery life while still enabling calls/emails etc to get through. to exit, press the MUTE button again.

look into upgrading to a newer OS.
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