Verizon 4G LTE - Extended Coverage Area

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  1. MacLifer macrumors member

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    Supposedly I am in a Verizon 4G LTE "Extended Coverage Area" - the Verizon website says about this coverage:

    "Access the 4G LTE network within the Extended Coverage Area; certain conditions may cause your service to connect to 3G in this Area."

    Sitting at home, mine says 3G all the time.

    What are the *conditions* where it would be 4G LTE?
     
  2. winterny macrumors 6502

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    Basically they are saying that there's an area nearby you that does actually have LTE towers. Signal *might* be strong enough to reach the LTE towers ... They also might not. For you, they aren't.

    Personally I think the "Extended Coverage" thing is a scam ... I live well within the LTE Coverage area, and I do get 2 bars of LTE from my house -- which yields about 2Mbps down and 200Kbps up (Comparable to AT&T's UMTS service). If I drive towards the tower that serves my neighborhood, as soon as I'm at 4 or 5 bars, I can get 10-20Mbps down and 7-10Mbps up.

    The map in my area shows the "Extended Coverage" going out about 10 miles away from the "LTE Coverage" area, but I'm only about 2 miles from the tower, and have very borderline signal already. I don't see how anyone 10 miles away, but still in a urban/suburban area will ever get a working signal on LTE, and I think they will just always end up on EVDO.

    I hope EVDO is good in your area (It's not in my area, but I have friends who say that the EVDO is much faster than AT&T's UMTS in their area).

    In the long run, it won't matter -- Verizon will probably have LTE throughout their footprint in about 1 year, and if you're in "extended coverage" now, they will probably upgrade your towers sooner than that.

    Besides, you likely spend some time working/playing in the LTE area (Isn't that the point? I only use LTE when I'm on the go, in the house I use Wi-Fi, which is faster than LTE anyway)
     
  3. MacLifer thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, won't need 4G LTE too much in the house, unless my internet was down or something. But that extended service area just seems strange.

    I did read somewhere that prepaid plans are less likely to get 4G LTE coverage in an extended area. But I am not sure if that is true or not.
     
  4. Chris Grande, Mar 20, 2012
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    I'm finding that in this extended LTE area that my 3G drops and then cycles as it attempts to connect - EVERY 5-10 minutes. Disabling LTE stops that. The funny part is at home I get 5 bars of LTE with 25Mbps down!
     
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

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    If the tower is owned by a roaming partner, then prepaid plans normally won't have access to it.
     
  6. cardfan macrumors 6502a

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    What's the current PRL number for those with verizon ipads? Just curious as i'm having unusable speeds in an extended 3G area. Often times i can't even connect even though it shows 4-5 bars of extended 3G. This is an area that works fine with verizon phones.
     
  7. AllieNeko macrumors 6502a

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    The confusion of Verizon. Extended 2G/3G is roaming. Extended LTE is "dang weak signal you might be able to pick up outside standing still in perfect conditions"
     

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