iPhone SE falling back to 4G when LTE is available?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gottafly, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. gottafly macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2008
    I'm enjoying my SE (coming from an iPhone 6) but have noticed that it often times is falling back to 4G signal strength in areas where I know there is strong LTE signal.

    If I cycle it, it will pick up LTE again. But it doesn't seem to do so on its own without prodding.

    Has anyone experienced similar?

    (Battery life has been incredible in comparison, BTW)
  2. LiveM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2015
    4G and LTE are not mutually exclusive. LTE may be the first pick, but the other network is probably superior.
  3. dcpmark, Apr 14, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016

    dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    Yes, I've noticed that when I get out of an elevator at my office, the SE stays on 3G until I toggle the LTE switch, or switch it to Airplane mode and back. My iP6 never did this in the exact same place every day.

    Now, I'm not patient so I haven't waited to see if it eventually changes back to LTE, or how long it takes....I just know that my iP6 used to reestablish LTE while I was still in the building's indoor parking lot.
  4. gottafly thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2008
    You're not getting the point.

    Same exact location as when using the iPhone 6. iPhone 6 is on LTE and the SE is on 4G.

    Something about the antennae/reception quality is different.
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  5. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    My SE seems to do this quite a bit at work (compared to what I remember from my now-sold 6)...since it's usually the area in between Wi-Fi access points, I'm not too concerned. Maybe it's the different antennas? Maybe that it's a weaker signal area in general and AT&T's HSPA+ is propagating further?

    When I'm at home, I always go to LTE with full signal, as is almost everywhere else, so again, I'm not worrying too much.

    OP, who's your carrier?
  6. Paratel macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2005
    Somewhere in the US
    I have the same issue with mine. Clearly knowing i am in a good LTE area, phone with go to 4G. I will put it on airplane mode and then is switches to LTE.
  7. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    By the way, to clarify to those who have posted that it falls back to "4G" when "LTE" is available, LTE is 4G, at least on Verizon. Do you all mean "3G"? Unless other carriers have both some form of 4G AND LTE.
  8. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    If it's in the US, I suspect many are on AT&T or T-Mobile, where 3G HSPA+ is branded as 4G and displays as such - this was something that started with the iPhone 4S...when the carriers started branding HSPA+ data as 4G, Apple started displaying that as the indicator. Thus, anything iPhone 4S and later on T-Mobile and AT&T will really only show GPRS, E (EDGE/2G), 4G, and LTE for data. Verizon and Sprint will usually show 1xRTT, 3G, and LTE.

  9. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
  10. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2015
    Pune, India
    ok. maybe there's a cellular bug and they'll eventually get around to fixing it. Instead of writing here, it'd be more helpful if you send your feedback to apple thru the official channel.
  11. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    Same thing here in a low coverage area on verizon. Phone reverts to 2 bars of 3G from one bar of LTE. Unfortunatly data transfers are always faster on 1 bar of LTE, and more to the OP's point, LTE connections can be reliably reinitiated by cycling through airport mode.

    As noted in another post, my ipad Air stays on LTE

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