iPhone 5 never goes into 3G usage - explained

Lumpydog

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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.
 
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Ih8reno

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

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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?
 
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Xgm541

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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 deigned...
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
 
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Lumpydog

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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
Yes - I'm AT&T

Thank you for that explanation. Makes sense.
 
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