Carrier Low LTE Signal on Verizon iPhone 6/6+?

AppleFanatic10

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Has anyone noticed that the LTE signal for the Verizon iPhone 6/6+ is really low, but when you switch to 3G there are full bars? (You'll have to excuse my signal for now, I'm in a basement, but usually I'll have 4-5 bars on 3G and 1-3 bars on LTE). Could this be because of VoLTE?
 

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reverberlayed

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The signal reception is only for voice, at least it was only for voice before VoLTE. I'm not sure if it's the same for VoLTE, but that seems possible.
 

DrakeMcEachern

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Has anyone noticed that the LTE signal for the Verizon iPhone 6/6+ is really low, but when you switch to 3G there are full bars? (You'll have to excuse my signal for now, I'm in a basement, but usually I'll have 4-5 bars on 3G and 1-3 bars on LTE). Could this be because of VoLTE?
I've noticed it's the same as it was with the other LTE iphones.
 

kl323

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Just read an article about the insanely highly download/upload speed on the new iPhone.

Definitely not impressed. I'm only pulling 20-30 down/5-10 up. I'm on Verizon. I'm in NYC. Probably not being throttled, but you never know despite what VZW is saying.
 

sillywabbit

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Nov 10, 2012
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Old phone, and current new iPhone 6 plus.

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Just read an article about the insanely highly download/upload speed on the new iPhone.



Definitely not impressed. I'm only pulling 20-30 down/5-10 up. I'm on Verizon. I'm in NYC. Probably not being throttled, but you never know despite what VZW is saying.

I barely get 5 down.
 

DrakeMcEachern

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So it's more of an iPhone 6/6+ thing no carrier related?
It's a Verizon LTE thing. I've found that once you drop your LTE, your phone won't look for LTE for a few minutes (to save battery) but if your phone is plugged in, it'll look for LTE more often when you've dropped to 3G/1x.
 

sillywabbit

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Nov 10, 2012
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Yea, in Northridge it's no better. I've always complained about LTE speeds being slow and low bars with Verizon.

The one thing I noticed with my 6 plus, compared to my old i5, is that I have been dropping LTE and getting 3G fairly often now.

I don't recall but a very very few times that happened to my old i5. I don't know if this is related to Verizon or 6plus, but leaning towards 6plus on this particular issue.
 

epphllps

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Some buildings I go in just trash the Verizon signal no matter what. At home, though, I can definitely notice a difference between the 6 and the 5S for holding onto lte in the same spots. 6 seems to be weaker at maintaining the LTE signal so far, at least on my end.
 

jdmar2004

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I've noticed today that I had a weak LTE signal when yesterday I had full bars with my 5. And this is consistent throughout the 120 mile trip to and from work.
 

TRC-WA

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Just read an article about the insanely highly download/upload speed on the new iPhone.

Definitely not impressed. I'm only pulling 20-30 down/5-10 up. I'm on Verizon. I'm in NYC. Probably not being throttled, but you never know despite what VZW is saying.
I'm not sure what's wrong with my LTE...

 

rui no onna

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I am leaning towards verizon. I always complained about my LTE in Glendale. It always sucked.
Assuming SoCal? Yeah, Verizon's worse than AT&T where I am. There are even pockets with no Verizon coverage. I've found T-Mobile is actually better/faster at our place than Verizon.
 

nateo200

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It's a Verizon LTE thing. I've found that once you drop your LTE, your phone won't look for LTE for a few minutes (to save battery) but if your phone is plugged in, it'll look for LTE more often when you've dropped to 3G/1x.
Verizon's LTE handover is not half as perfect as most GSM/WCDMA carriers since LTE was more geared toward GSM/WCDMA carriers. I don't think its a battery issue because on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 6 that I have tested all are slow on Verizon but if you take that same phone and put in an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM the handover from WCDMA to LTE is fast and similar in speed to GSM to WCDMA. Allot of people come to me asking about why their Verizon iPhone won't handover to LTE again, even my non-tech inclined sister notices it.
 

DrakeMcEachern

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Verizon's LTE handover is not half as perfect as most GSM/WCDMA carriers since LTE was more geared toward GSM/WCDMA carriers. I don't think its a battery issue because on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 6 that I have tested all are slow on Verizon but if you take that same phone and put in an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM the handover from WCDMA to LTE is fast and similar in speed to GSM to WCDMA. Allot of people come to me asking about why their Verizon iPhone won't handover to LTE again, even my non-tech inclined sister notices it.
It just seems to me the handoff is better when connected to a power source.
 
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