iPhone X Iphone Xs/Xs Max signal strength

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jacklivehere, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. jacklivehere macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2014
    I am using iPhone Xs Max on T-mobile, and signal is pretty bad. My previous iPhone 8 and also X has better signal.

    its really really bad for me. Any one having similar issues? on call with T-mobile support, so far no use.
  2. seezar macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2018
    Which model iPhone 8 and X did you have? Curious if they had the intel or Qualcomm modem.

    My max on T-Mobile has been decent so far but where I am I generally always get good signal.
  3. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I’m curious if reception has improved with XS models vs previous models on T-Mobile, specifically in Los Angeles & Orange County.

    I’m going to upgrade my 8+ to an XS Max next week, and I’m thinking of simultaneously switching to Verizon. Recently T-Mobile has been pretty bad in LA / OC with dropped calls & data. My theory is a lot of people are switching over and it’s straining their network.
  4. jw0286 macrumors newbie


    Jun 6, 2015
    I’ve actually been noticing the same on ATT. My fiancée is sitting right next to me on my 7+ with full bars. My XSM is bouncing from 1-3, but averaging about 2.
  5. Vonskie macrumors newbie


    Sep 23, 2018
    I am at a McDonald’s that I have used my 8 plus at many times. Never had a problem with lte data connections. A tower is right down the road. But my shiny new xs max only has one bar and it is slow on the data side. My 8 plus never had an issue! Even the Verizon network is sucking on this phone!
  6. Wags macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2006
    Nebraska, USA
    Signal strength meter is somewhat misleading. You could get less connection speeds with 4 bars than say 2 bars in certain circumstances.
  7. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Why is this a surprise? We already know Qualcomm reception and speed are superior to Intel.
  8. ssls6 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
  9. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2012
    are you sure about that ?
  10. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    He's wrong.

    Qualcomm modem + bad antenna design still outperforms Intel modem + bad antenna design.
  11. alee macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    New York, NY

    But first to nip in the bud one potential conspiracy theory, Apple's decision to forgo Qualcomm this year and source all cellular modems from Intel is not responsible for the RF power output limitations in the new iPhone models. The cellular baseband modem is separate from and well upstream of the amplifiers that generate the conducted power and antennas that generate the radiated power being measured in lab testing.
  12. DeanLubaki macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2014
    Toronto | Montréal | Québec
    It could simply be that your XS is connecting to a frequency that your X and 8 cannot connect to.
  13. DDustiNN macrumors 68000


    Jan 27, 2011
    I have my X and Xs side-by-side doing tests today. The X was actually getting slightly faster speeds than the Xs. Using the same SIM card and same Verizon tower. Kinda annoyed by that.
  14. OSXconvert macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Brooklyn, NY
    That's quite revealing. I did not notice a weaker cellular signal with my XS vs X on ATT, and after some troubleshooting with ATT did get them to make a tweak which improved the speed a little. Still, when I used to get 2 or 3 bars in my apartment, now I'm getting 1-2 and sometimes my LTE cellular download speed is as low as 1.5Mbs!

    My WiFi speeds seem okay and possibly faster than with my X, but now I don't always connect to my frequently used networks automatically when I turn Wifi on in the Control Center. Also, hidden networks previously joined are not automatically found and I have to retype in the ID and password to connect.
  15. chaustark97 macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2018
    mine xs max signal strength is better than the x, i'm using roger and when i'm with the x, when i go to the subway it will have no service but xs max it has almost full signal with 3g

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