holding an LTE signal

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Orangeman13, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. Orangeman13 macrumors 6502

    Orangeman13

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    How has everyone's watch been on holding an LTE signal?

    Mine isn't too bad but once in a while it will completely drop the signal, give me a red X for a minute or so.....Kind of frustrating....
     
  2. musicpenguy macrumors 65832

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    Mine has been good in the areas I’ve been in - I’ve even had situations where my iPhone had 4G (not LTE), and my watch had 2 dots of LTE service (switched off my phone when I had 4G to see what would happen)
     
  3. Rcracerg911, Oct 9, 2017
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    Mine is not that great at holding a signal specially when indoors. I’m on At&t and wounder if that is part of the issue or if I need a replacement from Apple. Either way, I feel like if Watch can’t hold onto a reliable signal I give second thought to leaving the phone behind.
     
  4. predation macrumors 65816

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  5. predation macrumors 65816

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    i have a 42 as well.

    I guess its all dependent on the reception quality of where you are at.

    around my neighborhood, tmobile is good and the watch holds a steady signal.
     
  6. Rcracerg911 macrumors member

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    I'm on At&t and have pretty good reception in the area and on the phone. I figured watch might have some trouble holding onto LTE but also thought it would drop to 4g (not LTE) to keep connected but doesn't look it that happens.
     
  7. musicpenguy macrumors 65832

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    There are no 4G bands in the watch. I’ve encountered some areas that my phone had 4G and my watch found LTE (turned my phone off when in 4G just to see what my watch would do).
     
  8. Rcracerg911 macrumors member

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    According to Tech specs on apple site. LTE and UMTS bands are supported. I know version and sprint don't support 3g/4g on the watch but att and tmobile are supposed to. Heres a link : https://www.apple.com/watch/cellular/
     
  9. edhchoe macrumors 6502a

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    I have noticed the red x occasionally.
    I can say for certain that the phone gets better reception than the watch. APPL definitely needs to work on the antenna technology.
     
  10. MJ22 macrumors regular

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    When I have been taking my watch for a run I have the red X most of the time. When I leave my phone behind it’s connected to WiFi and I seem to get the X when I get just down the block, and pick up service again when I’m almost home. This is frustrating because I run alone at night on the roads, so I bought the watch primarily for safety.

    Does it matter that my phone is on WiFi when my watch is out of the WiFi range?
     
  11. Rcracerg911 macrumors member

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    No phone being on doesn’t matter specially if you leave it at home. The watch eventually drops WiFi too as you get further away then cellular modem should kick in after. I agree super frustrating, I have similar issues.
     
  12. MJ22 macrumors regular

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    I did leave the house just to go up the road and put gas in my car, and it held a signal except in one short spot, but I went a different direction than I ran. Hopefully it’s just working out kinks or something because it’s new. Yesterday it dropped the signal in a completely different area of town where I drove to and ran on a trail. (Always have regular cell service in this spot though).
     
  13. questionmarcus macrumors newbie

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    I have Verizon, and I’ve noticed intermittent connectivity issues on LTE. It will drop and take 30 seconds or so to find a signal.

    My bet is the wifi issue is still to blame. Other than my home network, my watches have never worked with any Wi-Fi. Apple needs to add a Wi-Fi toggle to these LTE watches. IMHO, it’s impossible to write an algorithm to make the decision for us.
     
  14. Rcracerg911 macrumors member

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    Watch os 4.1 adds a Wi-Fi toggle on cellular models. I’m on the beta and have my Wi-Fi off while testing LTe connection
     
  15. MJ22 macrumors regular

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    I posted about getting the red X when I leave the house without my phone and over the last few days it seems to help if I go to the control center and toggle the cellular button. It’s annoying to have to do that, but it seems to be working for me for the moment.

    I still don’t think I’m getting SMS message notifications, regardless.
     
  16. musicpenguy macrumors 65832

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    For SMS your phone stupidly needs to be on and connected to the network.
     
  17. MJ22 macrumors regular

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    Yeah, it is. I’ve left it behind connected to WiFi and also with WiFi off and just an LTE connection. Still don’t get them, but I get other notifications.
     

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