An LTE technical question...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by CalWizrd, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. CalWizrd Suspended

    CalWizrd

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    Hi,

    Could someone tell me (knowledge please, not a guess) whether an LTE signal will do better penetrating the concrete/steel walls of an office building than GSM?

    I currently have an AT&T iPhone 4, and the service inside my office in NYC is horrible, while an old Verizon CDMA phone works fine. I was thinking of switching to Verizon for my iPhone 5, but I'm not sure I want to give up the simultaneous voice/data capability that AT&T provides.

    If I could get some concrete (pun intended) info on the LTE capability to feel more confident, I think I would prefer to stay with AT&T.

    Anyone who can help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. sammich, Sep 14, 2012
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    The 'penetrative' capabilities of a signal is more to do with the frequency it is operating at. It's a mildly complex topic, but simply put, the lower the frequency, the less attenuation (loss of power) of the signal will occur in the same scenario. So lower = better for signal strength.

    With that in mind, there might be an appreciable difference between 700 and 1800 MHz, but I can't tell you exactly how much. Anecdotally, there are many people who have said that 700 MHz gives them better signal strength.
     
  3. citivolus macrumors 6502a

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    One thing to keep in mind is that if you are concerned about signal quality in your location during simultaneous voice and data service, even on the iPhone 5 this is provided on AT&T using their 3G service, not LTE.
     
  4. CalWizrd thread starter Suspended

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    Thanks much for that. That tells me that Verizon is my answer.
     

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