Signal Strength

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  1. nviz22 macrumors 68040

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    So I have signal strength issues on my Note 4 and my iPhone 5C, but I was wondering how can I gauge on iOS the exact dBs? I want to know if I need to sell my Note 4 for the 6+ to get more dBs?
     
  2. nwmtnbiker macrumors 68000

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    On your iPhone open the phone app and dial *3001#12345#* this will change your bars in the status bar
     
  3. nviz22 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    -120 at home on my 5C and -104 on my Note 4. Not surprising on the T-Mobile network, having a newer and older device gap between 1-2 years? Signal is crap to say the least.
     
  4. rugmankc Contributor

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    Unless you try the iPhone in same area you will never know. Like using a 14 day return or whatever is available. My 6Plus is better than my S4 in same areas. But, ATT may be balancing out areas. I seem stronger in some and weaker in others on the iPhone in the last 6 months. But, still compared to S4 all is better. :)
     
  5. nviz22 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I mean I could use my dad's Note 4 and compare to my iPhone 5C when in the same area, but I don't use two sims with my phones. I just alt between a nano sim and sim adaptor.
     
  6. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Are you on a different band with the Note 4? The 5C has always been a good RF performer.

    However, it can be said that Samsung has made HUGE strides in their RF performance, especially after they made the jump to using a metal "band" around the device. Note 4 was the first major Sammy device with the metal band.
     
  7. technosix macrumors 6502a

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    My Note 4 is excellent when talking about signal strength. With a wide range of volume adjustment it's great as a phone on AT&T.

    My iPhone's have also been good except for the lower volume on the iPhone 6 series both 6 and 6 Plus could benefit from a boost in volume. Clarity is good almost as clear as my Nexus 6 which has the best performing phone I've ever had.
     
  8. rugmankc Contributor

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    I think you will need to actually try the 6+. Signal strength is very touchy with all kinds of variables. Don't think the 5C will tell you the 6+ performance. It should be very good though. But, not everywhere.

    All I can is that with the exception of deep inside a hospital on a military base, I have great signal where ever i go. So, for me it is perfect.
     
  9. nviz22 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    iPhone 5C: •Quad Band GSM; LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25; UMTS: Band I (2100), Band II (1900), Band IV (1700/2100), Band V (850), Band VIII (900)

    Note 4: •Quad Band GSM; LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17; UMTS: Band I (2100), Band II (1900), Band IV (1700/2100), Band V (850)

    The Note 4 has more bands in the sense of low frequency since it has the Band 12, but the iPhone 5C has more depth.

    So I assume it's the same LTE network.

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    That's because of the Nexus 6 being made by Moto, who are known for their radios? Which of your phones has the best battery life? What about efficiency? Least buggy one? I thought the Note 4 was the better of the two between the Nexus 6 and the N4, but that was back in October I said that. Now, I am beginning to rethink my decision. Samsung hasn't supported the Note 4 on T-Mobile so great these days.
     
  10. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    Wow, thank you. How did you know this code? I tried it on my at&t it shows -90 dBs (What does dBs stands for?)
     
  11. nwmtnbiker macrumors 68000

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    It's been around ever since I've joined AT&T.
     

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  12. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    My 6+ has markedly better signal reception than my old iPhone 5. The even older iPhone 4 had much better reception than my iPhone 5 as well. Don't compare different models of iPhone (or any phones) as they are often different in their ability to find a signal.
     
  13. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    Thank you. I did some reading. It sources online say measurements in decibels. Thx :)
     
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    I have a replacement phone from the Apple store for the Verizon network and this doesn't work on my replacement phone.
    :mad:
     
  16. determined09 macrumors 65816

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    I finally got it to work.
     
  17. Will22 macrumors 65816

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    I have a Moto X(2014) Note 4 and iPhone 6 and the Note 4 and Moto X has signal strength around -80 and my iPhone 6 is -105, all three on the same network and side by side on the table.

    I find the signal strength and WiFi speed to be much lower on the iPhone 6, with WiFi I only get around 100mbps but with the other two phone I get over 150mbps
     

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