Verizon iPhone 5 - constantly switching between 1x and 3G?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 0000757, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    So sometime about midday today, my iPhone 5 (Verizon, A1429) just dropped 4G connection and would constantly stay at 1x. Sometimes it would very briefly switch the icon to 3G but almost immediately it would go back to 1x. Some non-iMessage texts would take forever to send, if they did at all. Airplane mode was on before then.

    I've already tried multiple solutions with no luck. I've turned Airplane mode on and off, powered off and removed the sim card, and I even restored the phone (I was jailbroken) but nothing is working.

    I've also asked several friends with iPhones varying in model (4 -> 5S), and friends with non iPhone smartphones all on Verizon, and none of them are having any network issues. I was even standing by some of them when I asked, so my area seems to be fine.

    At this point, I'm assuming it HAS to be a physical phone issue? What gives?
  2. 0000757 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    I never do this, but bump? This is an extremely aggravating issue.
  3. heyyitssusan macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2014
    I don't have Verizon, but I have an iPhone 5 through Virgin and it does that too, so I know the feeling. The model you have, however seems like a CDMA model so that could be why. I have the same model.
  4. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    Backup and restore your iPhone via iTunes. If that doesn't work, more then likely your antenna's bad. Apple replaced my iPhone and it had the same problem, along with very weak signal. Diagnosed as a bad antenna and phone was replaced again.

    Again, try software first, then hardware.
  5. 0000757 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Randomly, my LTE data just came back on. I didn't do a single thing. Weird.
  6. elmizzt macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2013
    This is probably a network issue. I see it everyday on many devices.

    Also, physical proximity of devices does not necessarily guarantee that they are connecting to the same tower. I see phones with different levels of reception even when I'm holding them right next to each other fairly often.
  7. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    I see 1x and 3G when I'm in an area that doesn't have LTE or an area on Verizon's map that's lightly shaded. If I need to use the 3G I turn off the WIFI connection. One area where I see it most has several different wifi signals. before I got my iPhone I checked the areas where I would frequent… and sure enough those are the areas where I see 1x.

    I think my old flip phone did better than this iPhone. It definitely the signal. Try turning off stuff you don't need running.

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