Building penetration

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Prime85, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Prime85 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2012
    Does anyone know how much better the building penetration of 1700mhz compared to 1900mhz with tmobile. Usually the lower frequency has better building penetration but the frequency isnt that different from each other.
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    You are not going to get a real-world useful answer.

    Remember, signal is not all or none. Though lower frequencies tend to penetrate better, amplitude/power intensity is important. The placement and power of your surrounding cell towers, the composition of the particular building/room you are in, other interferences play a role.

    Short of a side-by-side comparison of the two devices at the same time in the exact locations(s) you will be using the devices, there are too many variables to give you useful information based on frequency alone.
  3. Prime85 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2012
    Thanks for the response, i tested it out today and even though i seemed to have at least one bar for longer with my replacement phone it did still go to no service. So the difference in signal strength was negligible .

    The major difference was this....

    Outside the building both my replacement iphone 5 and old iphone 5 had full signal bars

    Inside the building when i did have signal...

    Old iphone 5 was on E

    Replacement iphone 5 on "4G"

    So in conclusion it is safe to assume that the one cannot notice the difference between 1700mhz and 1900mhz.

    The main limitation of this in my opinion would be the weakness of T-mobiles refarmed 1900mhz frequency which had led to the old iphone 5 displaying E instead of 4G like my replacement iphone does.
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I say 200 mhz is insignificant.
  5. Jades macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2012
    Not much at all. And AWS is 1700 AND 2100. One for upload one for download. You need to rely on the 2100
    2100 vs 1900 you wont really see much of a difference anyways
  6. chestvrg macrumors 65816


    Dec 13, 2010
    Just from my personal experience, when I used to have a 4S, I used to loose almsot complete reception inside my house (as soon as I would walk outside, I would pick up 3G), now with the t-mobile iphone 5 on AWS band, I get two bars inside my home, and sometimes pick up the 4G signal. So yes in my case I have seen a great improvement and I can not be happier.
  7. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    This thread title reminds me of how my children were conceived.
  8. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I thought this was a thread about architectural pornography!!:eek::p
  9. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    AT&T has the best building penetration because their 3G is on 850MHz.

    They're also good at penetrating things in general, being a provider that likes to **** you in the *** with fees. ;)
  10. Pinkstiletto66 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2010
    New York City.
  11. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    Exactly what I thought when I first looked at the title! I gotta get my head out of the gutter :D

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