Weak signal with iPhone 5(all carriers)

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  1. DFDNY444 macrumors newbie

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    Myself and many of my friends who own iPhone 5's have noticed weak to no signal in places where others with iPhone 4s' have strong signal. I'm with AT&T and so is my girlfriend. There have been many times where her 4s has 3-4 bars and my 5 says "no signal."

    Also, this doesn't seem to be unique to a specific carrier, just last night, a friend of mine with a Sprint iphone 5, had no signal while others with Sprint iphone 4s had signal.

    Anybody finding this to be a pattern?
     
  2. tymaster50 macrumors 68030

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    are you on LTE? Try resetting network signal

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    resetting network settings*
     
  3. chad2ss macrumors newbie

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    My service (AT&T) is awful compared to my 4S.
     
  4. erratikmind macrumors 6502a

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    During the first week after the iP5 launch, I was curious about the same. My wife and I are both on the AT&T network. She has the iP4S. As such, I did compare the signal strength between the 2 iPs. Thus far, they appear to be the same. When comparing the said, both iPs were housed in similar TPU cases.
     
  5. Mikex6956 macrumors newbie

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    I agree ! Iphone 5 on telus as a weak signal compared to my previous iphone 4s!
    Carrier or Apple ???
    It is the question?
     
  6. DFDNY444 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did that the other night while in a friends basement. My gf had 3 bars "4G according to AT&T" I had no signal. Reset network, nothing. Shut phone off, when I turned it back on I actually saw an "E" which I'm assuming is for edge. It then went back to no signal. I wound up using her 4S the rest of the night to access the internet.
     
  7. tymaster50 macrumors 68030

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  8. Bahroo macrumors 68000

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    I get better service on my i5 then I did with my Galaxy S3
     
  9. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    same here
    att iphone 5 get much better reception than my 4s
     
  10. PNutts macrumors 601

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    I'll add turn off LTE for a closer comparison.
     
  11. darster Suspended

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    My signal is actually better on Verizon. Went from the Razr Maxx to the 5, and I hold LTE a lot better than my Maxx. Even when it goes to 3G, I have better signal strength.
     
  12. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    the qualcomm radio in the iphone 5 is made on a 28nm process. that's more advanced than the current Intel CPU's
     
  13. theanimala macrumors 6502

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    I am on Verizon, and I notice my signal on my i5 is lower in the same place than my wife with her 4S. If I go and turn of LTE my signal strength ends up being the same. Not happy that LTE seems to have a lower signal than 3G, I was hoping for at least the same.
     
  14. darster Suspended

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    In some cases, the closest tower may only have 3G, and you are picking up LTE from a tower further away. I know that is my case. When I turn LTE off signal goes up to 4 bars at home, turn it on and it drops to 2 bars. The closest tower is less than a mile away, however, that tower does not have LTE.
     

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