iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Cellular recpetion

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lancastor, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. lancastor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    Is the cellular reception of iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus better then previous iPhone models? Has the iPhone 6 Plus better reception as the iPhone 6 model cause of bigger antennas?
  2. ronm99 macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2012
    I don't think that anyone has done serious testing on this yet, although some of the early reviews said that they thought that voice sounded better, but the comments I read were far from scientific.
  3. lancastor thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    The iPhones are out now. Whats about the reception?

    Has the bigger 6 Plus a better signal strength than the taller iPone 6 version?
  4. lancastor thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    iPhone 6 signal is MUCH bader then iPhone 5C. # # :-(
  5. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Its not pulling in the signal in my home any better. 2 bars iPhone 5, 2 bars iPhone 6+

    That's why I have a microcell.
  6. Gooberton macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
  7. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    The i5 has the worst signal strength out of any mobile phone I've owned. If the i6 is similar then that's very bad news!
  8. r-m, Sep 20, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2014

    r-m macrumors 6502a

    May 7, 2010
    My test for this was the toilet cubicles at work.
    Trap 1 and 3 get 1 bar(/dot) signal but barely loads anything (Data wise). Trap 2 always had 1 bar but would load better than 1 and 3.
    That was on my iPhone 5S. Samsung Galaxy S4 would work in any.

    iPhone 6 still had 1 bar in trap 1, but loaded more than the 5S would.
    Haven't tested in trap 2 and 3 yet so can't comment there.
    So far, looks to be improved ever so slightly!

    Not the best test I know, but a test that was relevant to me lol
  9. macmyworld macrumors regular


    May 25, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    So far in my house the iPhone 6 is one bar lower than the iPhone 5. Note I do. It have a case on my 6 yet. Also notice the 6 seems to fluctuate more as I move it around.

    I ran the ios 8 beta on my 5, so the 6 is disappointing so far. Plan to running out around in my car today and watching the meter in there.
  10. hipnetic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2010
    Please report back the next time you have to make a poop!

    In all seriousness, I wish the review sites would actually review this aspect of the devices. They are *cell phones* after all (or cell-focused computers if you want to argue that they're much more than just phones now).

    Considering that cell coverage is still spotty at times, even with the best of carriers, it's kinda important.

    As for me, I'm using an iPhone 6 (wanted a 6+ but that's another story) and I haven't seen enough yet to comment on how it compares to my old iPhone 5. I will say that I was in a grocery store yesterday which was reporting about 3 bars of LTE coverage (AT&T) and it was taking *forever* to text some photos to my wife. Not sure how much of that is due to the added megapixels, though.
  11. kaibob macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Prescott, Arizona
    I recently upgraded from an iPhone 4S to a regular iPhone 6, both on AT&T. Reception at my house has always been pretty much limited to an upstairs living room, but I have been able to reliably make and receive calls from this room on the 4S.

    With the iPhone 6 calls from the living room fail on most occasions, which surprised me. I have had the phone for less than a day, and this clearly is not a fair test. Hopefully, there is a system problem which will be corrected soon.

    As an aside, I have a Spigen TPU case on the phone. Also, there is no Verizon reception in my house at all, so I do live in a difficult area.
  12. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    My i5 has always had much worse cellular reception that the i4 before it, both on iOS6 and iOS7. It has got be be hardware related.
  13. kaibob, Sep 21, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014

    kaibob macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Prescott, Arizona
    I thought I would update my earlier post.

    The reception on my iPhone 6 at my house remains poor and significantly inferior to that on the 4S. With the 6 I am able to complete perhaps 1 out of 6 calls and on the 4S I complete probably 5 out of 6 calls.

    I had given some consideration to a micro-cell but finally decided that I don't want to mess with more junk.

    So, I'm going to return the iPhone 6 and stick with the 4S for now. I have quite good internet at my house and, hopefully, wi-fi calling will become an alternative before long.

    EDIT 9.24.2014

    I returned the iPhone 6 and had the 4s reactivated, and cell reception on the 4s is quite usable as before. I have IOS 8 on both phones, so that's not an issue. Other forum members are not reporting bad reception on the iPhone 6--maybe the one I had was defective.
  14. kjm18 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2014
    Hexham, UK
    Can actually check in through swarm on gprs in certain areas when 3G/4G not available unlike my previous 5s which wouldn't unless was 3G or 4G so yes I find the 6 I have now is an improvement over the 5s
  15. hipnetic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2010
    Bumping this thread.

    I'm hoping to get out to a grocery store today where I've had really bad coverage in the past.

    I'm also experimenting with the Field Test mode, which you can find out how to switch your phone to here:

    Unfortunately, my deactivated iPhone 5 no longer shows an AT&T signal, so I can't do a side-by-side compare. I'd have to swap my SIM card between the two. I'll probably do that later today in my house, but it could be dangerous to attempt that inside the grocery store.

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