Discussion in 'iPhone' started by realtyknep, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. realtyknep macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2015
    1-2 bars of LTE connectivity on AT&T in places (home) where I would normally have 4-5? AT&T iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black..

    Anyone else having poor cellular reception????
  2. mountainman macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2007
    North of Denver, Colorado
    No, not seeing it on my 7+. Appears to be about the same at home or possibly a little better (1-2 bars usually, 3 in a couple of places). Never had good reception here. Had to have microcell until they started allowing WiFi calling.
  3. lenard macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2007
    Raleigh NC
    Did you have an att phone before, I have been to other people houses in my city and the signal
    has been bad, in my house I get 4 or 5 bars. You might want to turn on wifi calling also.
  4. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    I wasn't registering on the LTE about an hour after activation.

    Tried Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings

    LTE displayed like it should after a reset.
  5. realtyknep thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2015
    Spoke with Apple support and did the same thing, still only receiving 3 bars max
  6. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I have only 3 bars on my T-mobile iP7+. I'm getting -102 reception at home which is technically not optimal, but I'm not sweating it. Haven't had any call quality issues or dropped calls yet, and my data speed tests are as fast as when I have all my bars full.
  7. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo

    I don't know if anyone remembers when Apple put out an update on one of the models(4 or 4s I believe) that actually made the phones display more bars even though the signal strength remained the same.

    Say my signal was -100db and I got 3 bars before update.
    Now my signal is -100db with 4 bars after update.

    I remember something was said by Apple along the lines that the bars were now 'more representative' of the signal you are receiving.
  8. nitrocosis macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2016
    I've also yet to see more than 2-3 bars. This is new, but I can't confirm the reception is actually worse than before, as I've not used the phone for phone calls yet. The internet speed doesn't seem slow though, so perhaps it's just a misrepresentation?
  9. justinmiller macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2010
    My wife and I both have an iPhone 7 with AT&T. While on calls, she's been noticing reception going in and out frequently, in areas where she previously had no issues with her iPhone 6. It's really frustrating.

    I can't confirm or deny the same problems on my phone I think mainly because I don't talk on the phone as much as she does (and if I do, it's usually to her, so...).

    Some others on Verizon were reporting similar-ish issues and turning off voice over LTE seemed to help people. I just had her try that as a band aid. So we'll see. My next step would be to reset network settings, followed by a setup-as-new.
  10. rainafterthesun, Sep 22, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2016
  11. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Anybody think that it might have to do with the 1 antenna band on the top and bottom of the 7 opposed to 6s 2 antenna bands ?
  12. determined09 macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    I wonder the same this somethings too
  13. engine007 macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2016
    I confirm a similar observation. My 6S used to have great (5 out of 5 antennas) LTE.
    My new i7 128G matte has much poorer (2 or 3 out of 5 antennas).

    I am inclined to think that is a defect. :(
  14. lmcrael macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2014
    My reception hasnt been the same either. I have the 7+ Verizon model, but im an AT&T user.

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