In POCKET reception?

dontwalkhand

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Jul 5, 2007
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It seems like in certain areas, I pull out my Sprint iPhone 5, and I see it say "Extended" on the carrier portion of the display. I know this area has great signal from Sprint. It seems that in certain areas around my neighborhood, despite having a decent enough Sprint signal, it will roam on Verizon when it's in my pocket? I know this sounds weird, but it really is. Could it be that Verizon has 700Mhz or lower bands that improve "in building" therefore, "In pocket" coverage? The minute I pull the phone out of my pocket, it'll change from Extended to Sprint after a few seconds of holding the phone outside of my pocket.

I know the problem is not with Sprint, as I have an iPhone 4 on T-Mobile as well, and when I pull out the phone from my pocket, sometimes I see that I have no service, in an area that I know has service.

I just don't want to be missing calls just because my phone is in my pocket, being carried around like I have carried any other phone.
 

AJAAY

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Sep 29, 2012
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My Sprint iphone does this as well. Especially when I am at work.

If I'm sitting at my desk at work, and my phone is in my pocket. It will start to get warm becasue it's searching for a signal.

The moment I removed it from my pocket, it goes back to 3G.
 
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gentlefury

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Jul 21, 2011
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Sprint has a very poor network of its own. They tend to piggy back on the big carriers for support. Which results in Extended. You won't get 4g when on extended.
 
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HowardSmith

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Sep 13, 2012
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I tried Sprint for three days and was in an area on their map that showed excellent reception. The problem is I could not use my phone unless I went outside and then coverage was marginal.

Every time I went outside I would get missed call and email indications.

That was enough for me.
 
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