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General Signal strength in Europe vs USA

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  1. jshaw42

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    I was just in France and Switzerland using my S7 from Verizon. I was amazed at how strong the signals were everywhere, even inside large buildings - hotels, on a river boat, on a 7,000 feet mountain and on the train.

    I do use WiFi calling due to the bad signal here. But, in my house, I only get one bar, if that, with LTE.

    Anyone know why there is so much of a difference?
     

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    Yes, Europe > USA ;)
     
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    Because your particular carrier has crap reception at your house. You might want to investigate a femtocell possibly.
     
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    It is also dependent on the mobile network selected. When I'm in Kentucky I use gsm but at home in Indiana I use cdma. You need to select the network that has the stronger signal
     
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    Thanks for the response (one out three ain't bad). I was set to Global. I tried switching to LTE/CDMA with no improvement. I tried switching to LTE/GSM/UMTS and the signal decreased.
     
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    Thanks for the resonse. Upon research, I found that a femtocell would not give me the coverage I need since the phone usually needs to be within 15 feet to connect.
     
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    No problem. You may have the unfortunate luck of being in a dead spot. You might also try disabling HD Voice as that usually goes squirly in bad signal locations
     
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    Fifteen feet is pretty low, different femtocells provide better coverage than others but typically you should get at 35 to 50 feet of coverage in a household with a lot of walls and such, more in a larger open space. Some people don't set them up properly and that decreases performance, a femtocell requires a) a good broadband connection and b) access to a solid GPS signal so it's important to position the femtocell unit close to an outward facing window (some femtocells have external GPS antennas).
     
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    My recent visit to Verizon opened my eyes a bit. It appears that the City has placed restrictions on the amount of power used by cell providers. I am in the process of validating that comment and geeting changes made.
     

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