iPhone Carrier and Your Home

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  1. apple111115, Oct 19, 2013
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    apple111115 macrumors regular

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    Hello, I thought it would be interesting to see people's carriers, and the amount of bars you receive in your home (you can post a screenshot if you want).

    Also, feel free to include how performance is (ex. drop calls in home? Good call quality? Good data?)

    I will try to post one soon.
     
  2. apple111115 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am using AT&T, and usually get around two bars of LTE. I am able to do everything I want with my coverage, and am quite pleased with just "fairly average" coverage. :)

    Sorry, I couldn't upload a screenshot.
     
  3. Demonface macrumors 6502a

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    I get about 3 bars with T-Mobile LTE . This is in Northern NJ .
     
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    I'm with Telecom in NZ, live behind a hill, and get 1-2 bars. That's about 1-2 bars more than I get from Telecom's competitors :p
     
  5. sjperformance macrumors 6502

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    AT&T. Miami. 33186. Get 3 bars while at home. Enough to do everything I need. Great call quality. Regardless I'm on wifi at home. LTE speeds with 3 bars at about 19mbps down.
     
  6. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

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    It is my understanding that the number of bars represent the distance between you and a tower.

    Reception is based how many users are connected to that tower at the same time, not the bars.
     
  7. wxman2003 Suspended

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    I get 1 to 2 bars at home, but that means nothing. However, bars relates to LTE/3G not voice connection in some cases. I have verizon and voice uses 1x. You want to display actual signal strength which can be done using field test mode. The number will change depending on whether you are using voice or LTE/3G. In my house while using LTE, signal strength is between -100 and -115 dBm, while on voice it is around -90 dBm. If you can get LTE in the -80 to -85 dBm range you are close to a tower and should see more stable speeds with lower latency, not necessarily faster speeds.
     
  8. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    Redondo Beach, CA, near the shore. I usually get 2-3 of "4G" and sometimes 1-2 of LTE. Call quality is a hit or miss.
     
  9. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    If I go outside, I get 1-2 bars of LTE. Indoors 1-2 bars of 3G or Edge. I use a microcell indoors and get 5 bars of 4G, which is faster than a 5 bars signal of LTE or wifi.
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    -103dbpm (about three bars) LTE in Phoenix, AZ. I'm on Sprint.

    I have an Airave providing 3G about 15 feet from the couch.
     

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    5 full bars of 4G. No LTE though at my house yet. Although, LTE does show up a few miles down the road.

    Coverage and service is simply amazing with T-Mobile. I used to have AT&T and could never make a phone call at my house, even with that signal booster they had.
     

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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1382279378.164364.jpg

    This is "good" for me. During peak hrs, forget about getting anything above 1x. Typically 2 bars of voice.
     
  15. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Ouch! It gets better though when Sprint LTE finally shows up in your area. Speeds are nothing compared to the other carriers, but it's far more useable than Sprint 3G.

    I only just got Sprint LTE in my home about three weeks ago. Before it was four bars of 3G, but only because I've got an Airave.
     
  16. yogibeartacodog macrumors member

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    At home in Baltimore, Maryland, I get two dots on ATT. Good call quality and good data speeds.
     
  17. paulbennett95 macrumors 6502a

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    In my dorm I get 5 bars of T-Mo 4G, but I use Google Voice so the 70mbs wifi here suffices :)
     
  18. Joybulb macrumors regular

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    Bars/dots are only indicative of the voice signal, not the 3G or LTE connection
     
  19. paulbennett95 macrumors 6502a

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    Well then I have 5 dots of voice signal, doesn't matter to me ;)
     
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    Bloomington, IL - LTE available but does not work in home.[​IMG][​IMG]
     

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