Better reception with iPhone 6

GreXXL

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Apr 7, 2011
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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anybody beside me has noticed a better reception with their iPhone 6(+)? I had troubles both at my home as well as in other locations I now have more bars and a stable phone call is possible.

Never have noticed such an improvement over a generation of iPhones. It was horrific at my place even with my 5.

Might be the new antenna design but so think I like that very much. Can't say I'm not totally happy with my 6, beside the 8.0.1 trouble.

Looking to hear your thoughts.

Cheers,
Gregor
 

antiprotest

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Apr 19, 2010
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I always had good reception with my previous iPhones so my 6 is about the same. But my wifi has become noticeably faster.
 

jason4427

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Jun 27, 2010
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Chicago
Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anybody beside me has noticed a better reception with their iPhone 6(+)? I had troubles both at my home as well as in other locations I now have more bars and a stable phone call is possible.

Never have noticed such an improvement over a generation of iPhones. It was horrific at my place even with my 5.

Might be the new antenna design but so think I like that very much. Can't say I'm not totally happy with my 6, beside the 8.0.1 trouble.

Looking to hear your thoughts.

Cheers,
Gregor
Awesome! Which carrier?
 

Weaselboy

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Where can I check that? Would be interesting to see. Though I don't have my iPhone 5 levels. Might check my girlfriends 5c though. Should be similar to the 5?



It's "3" over here in Austria :) They are not known for having the best coverage I have to say.
See this thread. There is a number you enter to get to field test mode and it shows signal strength. No idea if this still work with the iPhone 6 though.
 

H1JJY

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Sep 4, 2014
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Find my 6 is far better then my old 5.
But did notice in the past that my wife's 5C had a better signal then my 5.

Was in a coffee shop today where my old 5 would get one bar 3G.
Today my 6 had 3 bars of 4G

All phones on UK EE
 

jlake02

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Most people seem to have about the same reception so far (judging by similar threads on this board).



:apple:
 

Sketchr

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I don't measure with bars, have my phone set to display dbm.

My 6 plus is pretty much on par with that of the 5 in the same place, same time. The 6 may have a slight advantage at times, but not enough for me to say any "better" reception...
 

trouble747

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Personally, mine sounds MUCH better than my iPhone 5 (clearer and louder). Don't know if that's a matter of reception. I did switch to AT&T from Verizon, however.
 

lienhart

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My LTE is a little better but my wifi is MUCH better, my router is on the other side of the house and used to constantly disconnect. Now I get about 40mbps up & down :D Love it
 

GreXXL

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Apr 7, 2011
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Vienna, Austria
Find my 6 is far better then my old 5.
But did notice in the past that my wife's 5C had a better signal then my 5.

Was in a coffee shop today where my old 5 would get one bar 3G.
Today my 6 had 3 bars of 4G

All phones on UK EE
Okay well 3G and 4G can make a big difference. I notice the improvement both on 3G (4G not available on my carrier yet).

I don't measure with bars, have my phone set to display dbm.

My 6 plus is pretty much on par with that of the 5 in the same place, same time. The 6 may have a slight advantage at times, but not enough for me to say any "better" reception...
How would I do that? Would be interesting to see if there is a difference between the phones. Can compare 6 and 5c now. The 5 has moved to my younger brother :)
 

Jman13

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Aug 7, 2011
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Columbus, OH
In my basement, my 5S would often have trouble actually completing a phone call (I had a bar, but would often only have one sided conversations due to poor reception.) With the 6, so far at least, calls have been fine from the same spots.
 

Sketchr

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Jun 15, 2009
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Okay well 3G and 4G can make a big difference. I notice the improvement both on 3G (4G not available on my carrier yet).



How would I do that? Would be interesting to see if there is a difference between the phones. Can compare 6 and 5c now. The 5 has moved to my younger brother :)


Step 1: Dial *3001#12345#* on your iPhone then press Call.

Step 2: You'll now enter Field Test mode. You'll notice a signal strength indicator on the upper left hand corner of your screen. You can toggle between signal strength bars and a number by simply taping on it. At this point, press the home button to exit the app or if you would like the feature to be permanent, continue on. Don't worry, the process is completely reversible.

Step 3: Hold down on the Power button until you see the ‘slide to power off' bar. Do not power off the device.

Step 4: Press down on the Home button until the app closes and you return to your home screen.

That's it. Even when restarting the iPhone, the signal strength can be toggled between bars and numbers. The closer your number is to zero, the stronger your signal is.
 

GreXXL

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Apr 7, 2011
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Vienna, Austria
Step 1: Dial *3001#12345#* on your iPhone then press Call.

Step 2: You'll now enter Field Test mode. You'll notice a signal strength indicator on the upper left hand corner of your screen. You can toggle between signal strength bars and a number by simply taping on it. At this point, press the home button to exit the app or if you would like the feature to be permanent, continue on. Don't worry, the process is completely reversible.

Step 3: Hold down on the Power button until you see the ‘slide to power off' bar. Do not power off the device.

Step 4: Press down on the Home button until the app closes and you return to your home screen.

That's it. Even when restarting the iPhone, the signal strength can be toggled between bars and numbers. The closer your number is to zero, the stronger your signal is.
Cool, thanks. Like how it changes from iOS 6 style to iOS 7 style every time you open it. Got -90 with my iPhone 6 and a bit lower results with the 5c. More significant on the bars. But quality and stability is much better subjectively.
 

Starrbuck

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Jun 8, 2010
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I was wondering if anybody beside me has noticed a better reception with their iPhone 6(+)? I had troubles both at my home as well as in other locations I now have more bars and a stable phone call is possible.

Never have noticed such an improvement over a generation of iPhones. It was horrific at my place even with my 5.

Might be the new antenna design but so think I like that very much. Can't say I'm not totally happy with my 6, beside the 8.0.1 trouble.
Yes, my iPhone 6 appears to get better signal at my work & home than my iPhone 5 did, or my most recent Nokia phone.
 
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