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Old November 29th, 2012, 05:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Any way to force LTE over 3G? -Starting to hate Samsung

Ugh... this was I was NOT hoping for.

So I started on the HTC Thunderbolt and it had a consistently stable LTE signal at my residence.

The phone died on me and I couldn't get a replacement so I just decided to upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus. The signal or whatever you call it was crappy--I couldn't hold an LTE signal for the life of me. I returned the phone and adopted the Rezound instead. Was pretty happy with it, especially its signal/reception---no issues at all.

So now, because I absolutely LOVE and MUST have the Note 2 lol, I went ahead and purchased a GN2 @ retail so I can keep my unlimited data.

The bad signal problem is back and I can't hold an LTE signal for the life of me at my residence.

I'm holding out hope that someone knows if there is anything I can do to either force LTE to work, turn off 3G completely, or so some sort of "reset" that I can perform on the phone that may improve it's signal/reception.

Disclaimer: I don't know much at all about signal/reception--I am only reporting the fact that my HTC VZW phones held an LTE signal at my residence and that Samsung's options seem to be terribad.


Please help if you can!!

BTW, I have a 4g LTE Jetpack with Verizon and it is getting a strong LTE signal. Also, not that it probably matters since I am assuming they are on a difference frequency or whatever, I have someone else's AT&T Galaxy Note with LTE and their phone is getting a strong LTE signal.

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Old November 29th, 2012, 06:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All the new phones released this year with new integrated LTE chipset don't seem to have setting to just turn off LTE and force 3G. It's not just Note 2.

You need app called "Phone info" to be able to force switch radios.
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Another weird thing that I just noticed: using the speed test app, i can't access any server in CA, it's giving me a server list from Colorado and the Midwest
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Old November 29th, 2012, 06:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've got an SGIII - awesome at home - absolutely sucks @ work. Was hoping to hear better about the N2 - I MIGHT go out and get a DNA (Flaws and all). . . .
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Samsung radios flat out suck. Both my Nexus S 4G on Sprint and S3 on AT&T were decent at best. Just got the DNA, signal and reception is fantastic everywhere so far in the same places my Samsung failed on two different networks.
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Ugh! This is so disappointing! I guess I'll try it out for a couple more days and see where it takes me.
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Old November 30th, 2012, 03:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Check out this thread SG3 vs N2 vs DNA

I still have no idea what to do. . . .
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I use the LTE on off app on my galaxy tab 2 and it works fantastically, unfortunately does not work on the sgs3 :/
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That's odd. My Note 2 gets and holds onto 4G just as well as my wifes Rezound everywhere we go. My Gnex though did in fact have garbage reception and antennas. I'm supposed to have 4G at work at my desk, but my Gnex never got it, but everyone around me with Razrs and S3s had 4G. Now I get it all the time with my Note 2.

Are you on the newest Baseband? I'm still on the old one because I've never had an issue with it and am a believer of "if it isn't broken, don't fix it."
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Here's a trick I just learned. I was way out of reach of 4g connectivity, at least so I thought. I had full gsm connectivity though. Then I realized that if I could block out the gsm signal perhaps my Note 2 would be able to pick up what little 4g there was. To my surprise it worked straight away. Wasn't even hard. By just holding the Note 2, covering the chromed parts I noticed the gsm connectivity dropped instantly. 10 seconds later my status bar showed "4g". Only weak connection, but obviously enough to get great surf speed.
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The only *reset* I know of is update the PRL & update the Profile. If that doesn't help call Verizon maybe they can help. Maybe you got a defective phone, the Note II has pretty good reception.
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