My 3G reception is always 5 bars.

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  1. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    Even in areas where it should be less. I have yet to see it drop to 4. Anyone else notice this?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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  3. pirarre macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I noticed that also. I work at a high school and my office is no where near windows. When I had my iphone 3g and 3gs, I never had any bars inside the school. Now I have the ipad in my office and I have 5 bars. ATT must have did some upgrading somewhere. :)
     
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  5. goobot macrumors 603

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    thats cause the iphone is a ****** antenna. it was never att and was always apple. also thats why apple wont give the iphone to Verizon cause it was always there own fault.
     
  6. Liam8 macrumors 6502

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  7. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I've been at less, even at zero!

    There was a tower problem in the area.
     
  8. antiprotest macrumors 65816

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  9. murphyrulez macrumors member

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    No, it is lying to us. If you turn off your cellular (go into airplane mode) then turn it back on, you'll see the true bars for a split second when it first gets a signal. Then it goes to full 5 bars and stays there... It's a coverup...
     
  10. paulisme macrumors 6502

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    I had that at first until I realized I was just staring at the picture on the front of the box.
     
  11. antiprotest macrumors 65816

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    Or maybe that other is the lie.
     
  12. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Come hang out with me for a little while. I'll show you what zero bars on at&t looks like!
     
  13. Salmar macrumors regular

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    My 3G bars fluctuates and goes from 5 to 4 and rarely down to 2 bars, but I don't notice much difference in the speed either way. It mostly stays around 5 bars.
     
  14. Dapper macrumors member

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    Mine fluctuates whenever I travel, the worst so far was in the mall with all that concrete and steel the reception went pretty low.
     
  15. tmarks11 macrumors 6502

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    I think the iPad just has a great radio and antenna.

    In my office at work, my VZW cell phone only gets one bar even if I hold it up by then window. The roof of the building has Copper plating, so the building acts like a giant faraday cage.

    My iPad usually has 5 bars. When it is raining, it drops down to 1 or 2, but I always get a connection. Pretty amazing.
     
  16. cmvsm macrumors 6502a

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    When I'm in a 10" thick steel vault, 6 stories below the ground, standing next to a human sized magnet, my reception is HORRIBLE. Apple is going to pay for this...
     
  17. Kibbe17 macrumors member

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    I usually have a steady 4-5 bars in my local mall..
     
  18. leomac08 macrumors 68020

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    I live in LA, and work @ orange county and almost in every place I go, I average 5 bars of 3G from AT&T with my iPad
     
  19. lokerd macrumors 6502a

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    If I leave the 3G running when I know I am sitting near a wifi signal, is it draining the battery faster than if I use sbsettings to turn off the 3G?

    Or, if I am no where near a wifi, should I turn off wifi?

    Thanks!
     
  20. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020

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    My 3G reception is better on my iPad 3G than my iPhone 3GS. There are more antennas on the iPad I believe. But even my iPhone reception is better than 6 months ago. The network around here has definitely been upgraded.
     
  21. boltjames macrumors 68040

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    [​IMG]

    Those of us who own the 3G/64GB/$829 and the AT&T MicroCell always have 5 bars.

    BJ

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  22. nStyle macrumors 65816

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    Is your sig a joke?
     
  23. boltjames macrumors 68040

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    Nope. I'm just proud of myself.

    BJ

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  24. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    I was waiting for you to post in here.. I figured your iPad would always have 6 bars of signal! :rolleyes:
     
  25. boltjames macrumors 68040

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    [​IMG]

    It has 7 actually.

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