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Top message:  Poor 3G coverage, better 4G? by andy2373   Jun 5, 2012, 10:14 PM

Replying to:  Re: MAYBE by andy2373   Jun 10, 2012, 5:28 PM


by CellStudent    Jun 10, 2012, 11:58 PM

andy2373 said:
I'm asking because at work my iPhone 4S waffles between 3G and 1xRTT. And in certain areas all I'll get is 1xRTT.
So I'm wondering if it's just a poor coverage area period for Verizon? Or if I upgrade to a 4G device I'll get a more consistent data coverage? Eh?

Ideally, you could find someone who owns an LTE handset and ask them if service works in the areas you care about.

If that's not an option, it is safe to assume that anywhere that actually has deployed, active, company-advertised LTE will have LTE signals that are stronger and more reliable than the 1xRTT signals. HOW MUCH more reliable is an open question. It might only be a trivial improvement if we're talking about an outdoor area with lots of small hills very close together. I don't know enough about the where you live and where you want the service to work to give you any better an answer.

In the master bedroom of my house, my Samsung will jump between 1xRTT and EV-DO all day long. 3G works fine everywhere else in my house, even the basement. I am absolutely certain that if I had an LTE device, I would get consistent coverage in my master bedroom. I have wifi at home, so I don't care enough to buy a new phone- but I am certain that an LTE handset would improve my cellular data service at home.

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