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Archived - iPhone: Understanding the symbols for Internet connectivity

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Your Internet connectivity can be determined by observing the symbol in the status bar at the top of the screen.

iPhone uses four icons to indicate the type of Internet connectivity:

The Wi-Fi "broadcast" icon indicates you are currently connected to a Wi-Fi network. The more bars, the stronger the connection. With a Wi-Fi connection, you can take advantage of all of iPhone's Internet dependent features, including the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store.
A solid rectangle with an E inside it indicates the iPhone has a high-speed data connection over a GSM network using the EDGE technology. This connection gives you access to most of iPhone's Internet dependent features including Safari, Mail, YouTube and more. The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store requires a Wi-Fi connection.
A solid rectangle indicates the iPhone has access to a data connection over a GSM network using GPRS technology. While GPRS connections do not offer the same throughput offered by an EDGE connection, you can still use many of iPhone's Internet dependent features including Safari and Mail. However, YouTube and the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store are unavailable.
No symbol at all indicates iPhone does not currently have access to the Internet.

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Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
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