Run 2G on Android instead of 3G?

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asked Aug 19, 2011 by worldtechguru (151 points)
I have a Samsung Captivate and am wondering if there is a way that I can run 2G or Edge instead of 3G.
Please, I am begging you do not go into how 3G is faster and all that, cause that's all unnecessary talk and don't help.

I want to use Edge on my Android phone sometimes because it saves battery and the data usage. It's not that slow, either. I remember way back when, when there was a toggle for this. I don't have one on my device.

Are there any applications or ROMS that can do this? Please help, thanks! :-D
commented Aug 19, 2011 by worldtechguru (151 points)
Actually, tell me if I'm wrong but I think I found a way.

If you go to: Settings --> Wireless and Network --> Mobile Networks --> Network Mode --> Then choose GSM only instead of Automatic or WCDMA only.

Is this correct?

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answered Aug 19, 2011 by jeff (811 points)
lol that is controlled by the provider and the cell tower signal if the phone gets 3g that is what you will get you cant really force it to 2g or edge ya slow as crap, but I havent seen a app that will force it to lower speeds.

fyi 2g and edge use the same amount of power as 3g and 4g (my droid phone supports 4g speed)...
commented Aug 19, 2011 by worldtechguru (151 points)
I've heard that too. I don't know about that, though. For you, since you have Verizon (I'm assuming based on your terminology), that you don't get that option. I believe that 4G and 3G (&2G)use the same power with CDMA networks, like Verizon. AT&T told me, though that with GSM and their network that if you use 3G instead of 4G it will save battery life. Same for 3G and 2G. 2G uses less battery life, I know for sure. But that's with GSM.
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answered Aug 19, 2011 by nickjuly4 (951 points)
There should be a setting on the phone to force a certain mode, if the setting appears to not be there you can download an app called AnyCut and find the appropriate setting there.
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