Changes in cellular reception

a02

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Curious if any one has noticed changes in cellular performance since installing the beta. I have only been with Verizon for a few months but am not that impressed with “the network” as I try it out in more places. Here in souther WI I run into the problems people associate with T-Mobile with roaming on USCC going into buildings and rural areas. Just getting an idea of how much the beta may be plying into my experience.
 

soundslikeaudio

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Curious if any one has noticed changes in cellular performance since installing the beta. I have only been with Verizon for a few months but am not that impressed with “the network” as I try it out in more places. Here in souther WI I run into the problems people associate with T-Mobile with roaming on USCC going into buildings and rural areas. Just getting an idea of how much the beta may be plying into my experience.
Also on Verizon here, and I’ve definitely noticed some service issues since the beta. Had to switch to Verizon in January because AT&T did not work at all in my office when I took a new job. Verizon was substantially better. Beta 3 seems to have exacerbated the problem for me.
 

KeanosMagicHat

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Apple often tweak the cellular radio during betas (and occasionally with production builds) to strike a balance between cellular / mobile reception and battery life.
 

Banglazed

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Also on Verizon here, and I’ve definitely noticed some service issues since the beta. Had to switch to Verizon in January because AT&T did not work at all in my office when I took a new job. Verizon was substantially better. Beta 3 seems to have exacerbated the problem for me.
Have you tried to do a network reset to see if there is any improvement?
 

KeanosMagicHat

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My experience with T-Mobile is other way. with Beta I see better reception on 7 Plus Qualcomm
Yes probably because of the added complication that the networks can also tweak things with their own carrier builds.

It's a funny one to get right, because if you under power the cellular radio, it'll spend more time searching for signals which is bad for the battery, but if you have it too high, then it's also a battery drain.

Also some people, especially in large cities are rarely, if ever, out of a good signal area so in reality they wouldn't require it to be anywhere near the max.

However, you can't have customisation to that level yet, so it can be tough to achieve the correct balance that suits the vast majority.

The only development that would truly resolve this issue is a leap forward in battery / power tech.
 

gsmornot

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Curious if any one has noticed changes in cellular performance since installing the beta. I have only been with Verizon for a few months but am not that impressed with “the network” as I try it out in more places. Here in souther WI I run into the problems people associate with T-Mobile with roaming on USCC going into buildings and rural areas. Just getting an idea of how much the beta may be plying into my experience.
Verizon have done a fantastic job of making everyone believe they have some magic formula that makes service better than any other. In reality they are just a service like all others and have coverage gaps.