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Topic # 22800 8-Jun-2008 21:37
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I have been reading through the topic questions about iPhones and have a question.  I know there is a lot of talk about 1st and 2nd gen and that one difference will be that it is 3G capable.  So my question about that is does 3G capable mean that you can go online etc using Vodafone's data usage?  And without 3G the only way of getting internet connection is through WiFi?  Is that correct?  So if you have WiFi then you can get online and check mail, internet etc?

Cheers Lilly

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  Reply # 136536 8-Jun-2008 21:46
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You can go online with any iPhone, but the current iPhone (1st gen) only supports a technology called EDGE - which in New Zealand actually falls back to GPRS data with Vodafone. So you can go online and check emails etc. but it's only about us fast as a 56k modem, whereas 3G is a lot faster.

There are several data plans you can use through Vodafone that give you data allowances to use each month - they are actually 3G plans but you can use them with the 1st gen iPhone via EDGE/GPRS, albeit the iPhone still only uses EDGE even though you're paying for 3G data.

Wi-fi is always the better option (even compared to 3G) but it's obviously not available in the middle of nowhere, whereas 3G/EDGE/GPRS coverage most likely is.

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