AT&T Signal on iPad 3 vs both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

sseelman

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Hi - just got the AT&T iPad 3 today. Have had an iPad 2, iPad 1, iPhone 3g, iPhone 3gs and iPhone 4s. So, I am pretty familiar with what to expect in regard to connection speeds and performance. I do not have AT&T LTE in my area yet, and knew that going into this. I travel a lot, and expect it to be where I travel to.

But, I have noticed that the number of AT&T bars is pretty consistently at 3 or even sometimes 2 on the iPad 3. On the iPad 2 it is almost always at 4 bars. On the iPhone 4 it is usually at 4 or 5.

Has anyone else seen any changes in regard to signal strength?

I will say that using the Speedtest.net app on both my iPhone 4s and iPad 3 both show fairly terrible ping rates and download speeds. I have used the AT&T 'Mark the Spot' app to send a report to AT&T. Maybe it is the influx of new iPads or who knows.
 

sparkomatic

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This is interesting cause I jumped on the forum to see if anyone else was having an issue like this.

I have a 4s that has 4 bars consistently and a new iPad right next to it with 1 bar. My iPad 2 had more bars and I'm also in an LTE area but only getting 4G.

Hmm...
 

sseelman

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Yes - it is very perplexing. I forgot to mention that I did a complete DFU restore. The only thing that I have not done is to set it up as a new iPad. Maybe that is next, as who knows if it is pulling something bad over from the iPad 2 backup.

I did also notice that the modem firmware version seems to have changed on the iPad 3 from the iPad 2. It almost seems like a lower version, but I am not sure.
 
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shareef777

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Same here, 4 bars on my 4s, 4 bars on my 4, and only 2 on my iPad 3. I have LTE in the area and while on LTE am 'only' getting 5Mbps (which is what I get on my 4S).
 

ZipZap

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Same here, 4 bars on my 4s, 4 bars on my 4, and only 2 on my iPad 3. I have LTE in the area and while on LTE am 'only' getting 5Mbps (which is what I get on my 4S).
You're only on LTE if LTE is displayed in the upper left corner.
 

sparkomatic

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Okay, goofed around some more and it turns out that I'm just in a poor LTE service area even though the map shows differently on AT&T's website. I'm sure it'll improve eventually.

I turned off wifi and got LTE with one bar. Then I turned off LTE and I went to 4G with 4 bars (same as my iPhone).
 

Sith Vol

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With my Verizon iPad I'm only getting 3 bars. Not sure why. It says I have LTE coverage in my area.
 

sseelman

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There is definitely something wrong. I turned on my old iPad again and comes right up at 5 bars. New iPad at 3 bars and they are right next to one another.

Just tried to reset my network settings. Made no difference.

I still might try to do a reset as a new iPad - just in case it was something from the restore process.
 

richard371

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Yep my AT&T iPad 3 gets about 3 bars steady at my home in sf. iPhone 4s pretty much 5 bars.

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But when I switch LTE off back to hspa+ I get 5 bars so must be an LTE thing.



Yep my AT&T iPad 3 gets about 3 bars steady at my home in sf. iPhone 4s pretty much 5 bars.
 

Wide opeN

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Keep us posted guys, as this is very intersting.

I considered a 4G iPad for a second but then thought better of it.

I'll just continue to tether from my phone, especially if the signal is lower on the new iPad.