Extremely Poor LTE signal and cellular Reception is extremely poor in downtown Langley BC

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Extremely Poor LTE signal and cellular Reception is extremely poor in downtown Langley BC

I have just purchase the newest iPhone 6s 64 factory unlocked directly from Apple Store in guildford mall in surrey, till now there is nothing left that I have not done from calling Fido 611 and chatting to Fido agent online and chatting with apple support center and guess what Fido is not confirming they have a huge issues with their network instead they made change the SIM card 7 freaking times for not receiving Good reception and LTE signal, then they decided it a faulty phone out of the box funny is not it !!!!! Pending with juicy news from them so I went ahead me and my brother who has same issue with similar iPhone 6s 64 which was purchased on the same day from same store and we completely replaced the 2 iPhones from the Apple Store and guess what !!!!, FIDO IS STILL INSISTING THAT THE REPLACEMENT IS FAULTY AS WELL SO WHAT IS ODD IS THAT 4 brand new phones out of the box all of them faulty ??????!!!!!. So I called Fido 611 and I escalated the issue to retention department and they escalated the issue to higher level and they told me to wait 2 more business days to get a response. So if they come back to me saying it's the phone again and replace the sim again for the 8th time I am going to make put all the sims I used all together in series and make a nice video and post it on YouTube and probably go on the radio live and laugh for a bit so people would understand what type of good customer relation Fido does provide to their customers and probably ditch the Fido line and switch to Telus or Bell. 

 

Does anyone else relate to my issue and was it solved if yes what did you do??

 

Thanks 

 

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Re: Extremely Poor LTE signal and cellular Reception is extremely poor in downtown Langley BC


@Aj76 wrote:

...I am getting only 1 bar of LTE...

  

So so where do you see the problem from here ??


@Aj76 wrote:

...ditch the Fido line and switch to Telus or Bell. 

 

Does anyone else relate to my issue and was it solved if yes what did you do??

 

Thanks 

 

 

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Hello Aj76,

 

  Welcome to the forums!

 

  I understand your frustrations, however, the bars are only iconic representations of signal strength and are phone dependent. Two phones with identical dBm signal strength could show different bar strengths. The more relevant issue should be whether you are able to functionally use LTE. I regularly only get 1 bar of LTE at my place due to numerous factors, yet functionally, it's the same as if I were outside getting a full 4 bars.

 

  Many factors can affect cell signal including distance from the cell tower, local geography/topography, objects between cell tower and your location, and the phone's antennae, to name a few. According to here, there are two LTE cell towers in Langley. However, I cannot vouch for its accuracy.

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  Living further away from the towers would decrease signal strength. Also, what is the topography of the area? Hills, trees and buildings would all impede strength as well. Building materials -- especially new energy efficient materials -- used in your home/office would also affect reception. 

 

  I'm assuming that you're getting more bars for 2G and '3G'. The reason is likely because those signals are better able to penetrate through objects/materials than the higher frequencies of LTE.

 

  Yes, occasionally weak signal can be due to faulty SIMs or faulty phones. More commonly, however, there are a host of other factors which may result in weak signal. Unfortunately, many of those factors are uncontrollable. If it is an issue for you, you may need to consider getting a signal booster.

 

  If you're still thinking of 'ditching the Fido line' you should be aware that the closest Bell tower is in Surrey. Also, since the Telus towers share similar locations to those of Rogers, you may still end up with 1 bar.

 

  Hope this helps Smiley

 

Cheers

 

 

 

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Hello,

 

  I know I said I was done with this, however, Langley sounded familiar so I went through some of my old posts. Have a read here as it seems relevent to this situation.

 

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Yes, I live in Langley too, I have an iPhone 6s plus.

 

As long as I turn on LTE, the signal bar will drop 2-3 bars.

 

Turn it off and use 3G only then it will have full 5 bars.

 

I think LTE is not very reliable/strong at this moment.

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@020 wrote:

Yes, I live in Langley too, I have an iPhone 6s plus.

 

As long as I turn on LTE, the signal bar will drop 2-3 bars.

 

Turn it off and use 3G only then it will have full 5 bars.

 

I think LTE is not very reliable/strong at this moment.

Hello 020,

 

  Welcome to the community!

 

  The observation you note is quite normal. It has nothing to do with the reliability or strength of the LTE network.  It depends on your location in relation to the cellular towers. It happens because the frequencies used for LTE are different than those used for UMTS(WCDMA) and GSM ('3G' and 2G, respectively). You can verify the bands/frequencies here. Except for bands 12 and 17 (700 MHz), the lower frequencies of '3G'/2G have a better penetrative ability and can travel farther than the higher frequencies used for LTE.

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  If you're closer to a cellular tower, then you might get strong bars on both LTE and '3G'/2G. However, you should be able to use the LTE network reliably with less than full bars.

 

  With regards to the availability of 700 MHz, again, it would depend on your location in relation to the cellular towers. Not all bands/frequencies are available from all towers. It's possible that your closest tower is not LTE and when you connect to LTE you're connected to a farther LTE tower using 700 MHz. If you're interested in determining which band/frequency you're connected to, Aj76 performed a Field test on his iPhone.

 

  You may have also noted that if you're connected to LTE with 2-3 bars of signal and you make or receive a call, the network will switch to '3G'/2G with more bars. The switching of networks is not because the LTE network isn't reliable enough for the call. The phones switch networks because voice calls (with the exception of voLTE) can only be transmitted on the '3G'/2G networks. The LTE network is strictly for transmitting data (packets) while the '3G'/2G networks allow for voice calls (circuit-switched) and data. Feel free to peruse some of my older posts for more detail.

 

Hope this helps Smiley

 

Cheers


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