Is T-Mobile Edge fast enough for Pandora?

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  1. amdhunter

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    I think keeping my iPhone permanently in the car outweighs carrying my Nexus 4 for no reason. It does bluetooth audio better, has more space for music, actually syncs with Rdio (which both my Nexus 4 and Lumia cannot do reliably) and I'm tired of carrying two phones at all times.

    Thinking about dumping my Nexus 4 and unlocking the iPhone to use my T-Mobile SIM in it.

    All I care is whether or not Pandora will stream. I can always sync tracks with Rdio, and have a ton of music for offline playback. Occasionally, I'd like to stream Pandora.

    Will it stream on Edge? Has anyone tried this? I don't care at all about browsing the web.
     
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  3. bearxor

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    It will stream and does it decently, but the second you go to do anything else you'll buffer.

    How about keeping the iPhone in your car and using the N4 as a hotspot for radio access when you need it.

    And again, if you decide you want to sell that Nexus 4... /whistles.
     
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  4. Fire&Blood

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    By dumping you mean selling way above the price you paid for it, I guess.

    In optimal conditions EDGE will suffice for lower quality stream, the HQ will skip and buffer a lot. I sense you are aggravated with the phone because you provided some unnecessary information.
     
  5. amdhunter

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    Prob sell it for 3 even. I don't really care if I don't sell it or not. You've never seen any of my FS/FT threads have you? :)
     
  6. Jynxed

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    Don't know if you heard but T-mobile is changing their system so old Iphones can get 3g. Here is a user based coverage map.

    http://www.airportal.de/

    And to answer your question........In my experience No edge isn't enough to smoothly stream Pandora
     
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  7. magomago

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    yup you can i do it a lot. On my old blackberry, with most likely buggy SW, it takes a while to buffer, but once it starts, it keeps going so as long as you have a semi-decent connection (ie: not barely 1 bar)
     
  8. amdhunter

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    Yeah, but I move back and forth a bit, so I don't want to get myself worked up on thinking 3G will work everywhere.
     
  9. amdhunter

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    Service on my Nexus 4 has been fantastic so far. I've streamed Pandora for hours on end with not a single hiccup. If their Edge service holds up, I'll be happy.
     
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    Why don't you just put your N4 into 2g mode and fire up Pandora and see for yourself then?
     
  11. amdhunter

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    Everytime I try to dumb down the settings my phone stopped responding. I'm too lazy to find a ROM to test.

    Ended up buying an unlock on eBay. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be able to test it from work.
     
  12. magomago

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    Yup same experience on edge. I've streamed Pandora for 8+ hours a day at work. I do have to set my audio at 'Low Quality' though...but the Shitty Ear Buds means that I probably don't hear the difference hahaha.

    When I'm in a 3G zone and my AT&T phone (yup I was stupid and thought 'sim card is sim card') switches the logo from edge to 3G, I can play HQ music without an issue.
     
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    arent you in the bronx ? u should have 3g by now, 3 months ago i only have a little 3g in nyc, now I get it more.. still not full 3g everywhere but i say 30-50% of the area have 3g now , i been using a 4s on tmo
     
  14. Sid59

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    why not just tether your nexus to your iphone and stream your iphone BT to your headunit?
     
  15. amdhunter

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    I get HSPA+ and from the website linked above, things seem like it'll be fine in all the areas I go to. Hopefully, I'll get to test in the morning.
     
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    I just want to sit in the car, hit the Pandora icon and go.

    I don't want to sit in the car, start tethering, pick up the iphone, set up the wifi and hope it works, then go. :)

    Plus I'm tired of having two phones on my body.
     
  17. Fire&Blood

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    No, I haven't seen the FS threads nor was I implying you were scalping, just saying that your post painted the phone as a paperweight yet it fetches close to twice it's MSRP.
     
  18. Sid59

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    id rather do that than a buffer issue on edge
     
  19. amdhunter

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    Ah. Yeah, I know what it's worth. I'd honestly be happy with a Nexus 7 in a trade. That's probably what I'll end up doing if anything.
     
  20. amdhunter

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    Unlocked the iPhone, threw my T-mobile SIM on it. Ran Pandora, Rdio and both worked beautifully. It's just ever so slightly longer to switch tracks, but I never forwarded much anyway.

    Can't wait to take it for a spin in the car later today.
     
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    Nice. I ended up keeping the phone because I didn't realize my pants were eating the edges away. It sucks, the glass on the Nexus is really too damned soft.

    The sides look serrated and one of the scratches have 4 lines coming to the top of the screen at the edge. :(

    At home I didn't see it, but I was cleaning it with an eyeglass kit and sure enough, I noticed a ton of scratches on the sides. *sigh*

    At least I know not to keep my Lumia in my pocket now.