iP5: Call issues while in Verizon LTE coverage

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DollaTwentyFive, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    I am having an intermittent problem and I was hoping to get some advice.

    A little background - I have had Verizon as a carrier since the company was formed in 2000. Prior to that I was a subscriber of one of their legacy carriers. I mention this because, although I have tested the other carriers occasionally, where I live, work and travel, I find Verizon to be the best carrier for me hands-down.

    Up until the iP5 launch day, I had a 4S and a 4 before that. My wife now has the 4S. When the iPhones were 3G only, I never had a signal issue. I never missed calls and I never dropped calls and I never had an issue placing calls.

    Since having the iP5, I have been having missed call issues and, at times, have been unable to place calls. What I mean is that the phone will not ring and I will just receive a voicemail notification. People tell me that when they call me, the call goes straight to voicemail. This even though the phone is on, not in airplane mode and in a good signal area.

    Also, there are times when I go to place a call and the call will not complete. When I press Call, it switches to the call screen, where it stays for about 30 seconds, the call fails and my signal indicator switches to "Searching" and it takes about another 30 seconds to pick up a signal before I am able to place a call again. This can happen when my wife is standing right next to me with 5 bars of 3G signal.

    Here I what I have done/researched/attempted so far.
    - These issues only happen when the phone is on LTE. The LTE signal is good and not marginal. By that I mean at least 4 bars.
    -If I turn LTE off, this issue never happens. I tested this for two weeks. The problem here is why have an iP5 if I have to shut off LTE?
    -This never happens with my wife's 3G-only 4S
    -I went to the Apple store and they replaced the phone. Still continues to happen.
    -I have reset the network settings multiple times
    -I have factory reset and reinstalled iOS several times.
    -I never drop calls. Only miss them outright or can't place them.

    The only thing left that I can think of is potentially a SIM card problem? Does anyone have any experience with a similar issue?

    I hesitate to have the phone replaced again because I find it hard to believe I would have the same hardware issues on two separate devices.

    With Verizon, LTE is currently used on the iPhone for data only and the voice is handled by the CDMA side of things. So when placing or receiving a call, maybe there is some kind of radio handoff that happens behind the scenes. For example, if I am using LTE to browse the web and I receive a call - the LTE radio has to shut down, allowing for the voice side to deliver the call to me. I can't help but wonder if this handoff is causing the issue in my phone. Perhaps, for some reason, my phone is not managing this properly.

    This is why I am thinking SIM card issue. Although - in a Verizon LTE iPhone - what would the SIM card have to do with the voice side of things? Alternately, there could be a problem in the switch with my line. Back in the BlackBerry days, there was in issue in the switch and it caused me many data problems.

    Anyway - if anyone has any similar experiences or suggestions, I would love to hear them.
  2. Browns2212 macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2012
    Orchard Park, NY
    Seems odd.

    I have LTE on my Verizon iPhone 5 and have no calling issues what-so-ever.

    What did they tell you when you took the phone in? It seems odd that two different phones would do this, but I would try a 3rd just to be safe.

    Outside of that, I don't know, especially if other iPhone 5 owners in your same location are not having the same issues.
  3. corys00 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    I know you replaced the phone but did you replace the sim?
  4. DollaTwentyFive thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    Apple said that the phone shouldn't be doing that.

    Have not replaced my SIM. Actually, that is kind of the theme of the post. I think that will be my next option. The issue is the hour I have to spend on the phone with customer service to talk them into sending me a new SIM. Their first step is always to power the phone off then back on :rolleyes:
  5. corys00 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    I'd make it real simple for them. You've replaced the device, you've done restores, the only thing that hasn't been swapped is the SIM.

    How close are you to an Apple store or a corporate store?
  6. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
  7. corys00 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    He mentioned in the OP that turning off LTE fixes it. Interesting enough LTE is not used for voice, so no idea what's going on there. I still vote for a SIM swap.
  8. scaredpoet, Jan 1, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2013

    scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    If date over LTE is working fine, then it's not the SIM card. The SIM is all or nothing: if it's busted, nothing over LTE will work, not even data.

    Since everything else has been ruled out, the issue has to be with Verizon's LTE network in that area. However, good luck in getting them to admit that. Considering they've successfully gotten their users to never consider that the network could be the issue (clearly evidenced in this thread), why would they think of that? :)


    LTE is not used for voice currently, but it still has to be used for initial call setup and device paging. The phone has to know somehow that it's time to switch to CDMA to receive a voice call, and the network has to be informed that the user wants to make a call over CDMA, and that notification initially has to happen on LTE if the phone is currently connected that way.

    If that link isn't working, then calls will be missed, and outgoing calls won't go through. Exactly the problem the OP is experiencing.
  9. DollaTwentyFive thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    Yes, yes, yes. This is what I was worried about. I was hesitant about the SIM card because data works fine and it shouldn't really impact the CDMA voice side.

    I think it is a network issue. Now the struggle is going to be finding out if it is an issue with others in my area or if there is a problem with my MDN/MIN in the switch. As mentioned, Verizon typically has exceptional service and the reps are very slow to acknowledge any network issues.

    Maybe it's time to go back to the 4S and just carry an iPad mini around with me. I don't have the patience or the time for a several month tech support battle.
  10. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    I'm not experiencing this issue myself, but as you'll see from this thread on Verizon's forums, you aren't alone.

    Posters who got it fixed all required a back-end Verizon system setting change apparently. You can't fix this yourself, nor does it impact all iP5 owners.
  11. DollaTwentyFive thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    Interesting link. Glad to know I am not alone. I will call VZW tech support today or tomorrow.

    Funny though when early on in the post there was a Verizon tech support person helping, his first suggestion was to power cycle the phone. Ha ha ha.
  12. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    If you call 611 from your phone, you should get pretty good technical support from Verizon.

    Be polite but insistent and you *should* get some progress.

    Best time to call would be during the day, during the week.
  13. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Take note of whether the people having the issue are in roughly the same area as you -- even if it's states away. Also, you may want to go to a Verizon or Apple Store in your area to see if you can replicate the problem on other Verizon iPhone 5 handsets.

    Starting on the Friday the iPhone 5 was launched, there were people from Texas to South Carolina on Verizon with iPhone 5 handsets reporting that the phones would take about 10 seconds to move data over LTE after coming off an idle (locked) state.

    I initially thought I had a defective phone until I saw several others reporting the issue. Then I thought maybe we all had defective handsets until someone reporting the issue in Florida flew to New York and the issue disappeared. People were going to their local Verizon stores to test other iPhone 5 handsets and they all had the same issue. Interestingly, none of Verizon's other LTE handsets had the problem.

    Verizon was silent on the issue the entire weekend despite receiving multiple tweets to their support account reporting the problem. The issue started being resolved for some people about 11 AM the Monday following the iPhone 5 launch. It wasn't instantly fixed for everyone at the same time; but everyone reported that the issue was resolved for them by 2:00 or 3:00 PM that day.

    So it could very well be a Verizon network issue that they're just not aware of. Get their attention on Twitter and open trouble tickets on the phone and encourage everyone else with the issue to do the same.
  14. The Bogeyman macrumors regular

    The Bogeyman

    Mar 15, 2012
    Under your stairs
    Must be a network issue. My phone has excellent call quality. Beats my old BlackBerry hands down.

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