Some of you might be beginning to think that I am obsessed. Yes; I am. Stop thinking it. I am obsessed with Windows Phone. It is the OS that I want to hold during the day and cuddle in bed at night. That is why I am desperately hunting down info and trying to find workarounds for the frustrating things that I have found on it.
As you may know, I have found that all Windows Phone smartphones that I reviewed – HTC HD7, HTC 7 Mozart, Lumia 610, and Lumia 920 – lack a 3G-only mode in the connection settings. 3G-only means the ability to peg it to connect over 3G/HSDPA only. I detailed this in my recent article, Windows Phone Is Driving Me Crazy.
In response to my article, Julian posted this comment that gave me some hope:
I have an HTC 8X and it lets me switch freely between 2G, 3G or LTE from the network settings menu.
However, my research online shows that the HTC 8X does not actually have the 3G-only mode. What it has is exactly what all the other WP devices that I have used have – the ability to peg your maximum connection speed. If you peg a max speed at 3G, for example, it means that the phone will freely switch between 2G and 3G. It is not 3G-only mode. Have a look at the two screenshots below from an HTC 8X:
Jmaine also responded with this:
I use a Lumia 900 running the Mango 7.5, and from experience the ability to chose a 3G mode only or edge mode only is enabled.
Here is also a link to a help article for the Nokia Lumia 900 that makes it clear that the 900 doe3s not have 3G-only mode. What the Lumia 900 has too is the option to select E (EDGE), 3G or 4G as your highest connection speed. No option to peg to one.
So far as I can see, 3G-only network mode does not exist on Windows Phone. Shame. Flipping crying shame.
PS: Just in case Julian and Jmaine are right and there are variants of the HTC 8X and Lumia 900 that actually have 3G-only mode, can you kindly do a screenshot or take a photo and email to me via email@example.com? Thanks.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.