iPhone 5 never goes into 3G usage - explained

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  1. Lumpydog, Oct 8, 2012
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    Lumpydog macrumors 6502

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    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

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

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    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 6502a

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    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

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    Yes - I'm AT&T

    Thank you for that explanation. Makes sense.
     

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