iPhone 5 never goes into 3G usage - explained

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  1. Lumpydog, Oct 8, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012

    Lumpydog macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2007

    New iPhone 5 last week. Having lots of "no service" issues that others have posted about here.

    Question: Do any iPhone 5 owners see their phone switch over to (and display) 3G?

    Mine hops between LTE, 4G, E (edge) and No service. I drove 4 hours north this week as a passenger and watched my service jump around - but never go to 3G... Wondering if the 3G radio in my iPhone 5 is defective or - if this is as designed...

    NOTE: The reason for this is explained below (By Xgm541) for those interested.
  2. Ih8reno macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    Yup, mine changes to 3G when I'm in areas of Montreal that have spotty coverage of lte.
  3. NedFlanders macrumors member


    Nov 6, 2011
    I actually noticed mine go into 3G this morning. I had just turned off airplane mode and it jumped into 3G for about 20 seconds while I assume it was negotiating an LTE connection?
  4. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    Working as intended. You have AT&T yes?

    AT&T claims their 3G service is 'as fast' as 4G so Apple made the indicator show 4G even in a 3G area. LTE is 4G LTE, 4G is 3G and E is 2G
  5. Lumpydog, Oct 8, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012

    Lumpydog thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2007
    Yes - I'm AT&T

    Thank you for that explanation. Makes sense.

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