1. meowzer's Avatar
    This is probably a stupid question, but my Thrive is my very first smartphone.

    Question: On a recent road trip while traveling down the highway my Thrive occasionally had 5 bars of signal strength to make phone calls but no 3G data access. Can someone please explain that?

    Just thought of another question: Whenever I did have 3G data access, sometimes the symbol was "3G" and other times it was "E." Anyone know the difference?
    05-27-2011 05:26 PM
  2. meowzer's Avatar
    I'm curious. Was this a really stupid question that everyone knows the answer to?

    Or does no one know the answer?

    Maybe rooting is all anyone is interested in. . . . And if so, that's okay. I'll just need to find a different forum for help.
    06-04-2011 08:50 PM
  3. bconover93's Avatar
    "3G" means 3G. "E" means EDGE--Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (or something like that). Edge is just a slower data connection.

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    06-04-2011 09:42 PM
  4. n2alltheworld's Avatar
    3G is Highspeed internet and "E" is a slower Data connection. You were driving in an area that doesn't have "3G" data speeds so it switches to "E" edge. You still have internet access, but it's just going to be slow. But still it's better than nothing. =)
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    06-04-2011 09:53 PM
  5. meowzer's Avatar
    Thank you, bconover and n2, for that information about 3G and E.

    Do either of you understand why there were areas with 5 bars of signal to make calls but no 3G or E for data? I assumed they were tied together. I tried googling for this information, but could not find it. Just trying to understand the basics of a smartphone.

    Edit: Please disregard this question. I found the answer on another forum.
    06-05-2011 07:52 AM