Thanks for sharing information. Actually I had also the same question in mind for a long time anyways you started this thread & I am so happy.
Not sure If it's just my imagination, but I swear my 4g is better since I've been on the Verizon JB leaked software. It's still definitely not a Motorola phone, but 4g seems to be improved noticeably.
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No need to pull the battery, just turn on airplane mode " it's on the top slider bar", once airplane mode engages turn back off, your 4G signal should be back on, unless you are in a weak 4G area.Originally Posted by alboboy10
Hello, I picked up an S3 and have concerns about signal strength which lead me to this thread. I seem to have signal strength problems at home with some phones and the S3 shows -113db. For the most part I haven't really been dropping calls or 4G, but I'm wondering if this might end up being a problem down the road, as I also spend time in more remote locations. I'm still in my trial period and am considering trading it in for a Razr HD Maxx, hoping for better reception. I really like the S3 otherwise and got a great price on it, but running into reception problems all the time would be frustrating. I'm just not sure how to interpret this low signal strength, since I'm not dropping calls yet.
It seems like this thread is focused on 4G. I'm also concerned with voice.
Any words of advice?
Here is the deal. Samsung radios are not as good as Moto or HTC sometimes you can get a 4G sig on Moto or Htc but not on Samsung without forcing by doing Airplane it will get it just takes a bit which isnt the end of the world. 4G has nothing to do with your phone reception. You can have 4 bars of signal and have no data or the opposite. Im in a strong 4G area in IL never drop 4G but I never have more than 3 bars most times 2 I have dropped a call or 2 but I can count them on my hand and I have had the phone since launch. So if you have good reception where you are at and 4G its probably not gonna change. As far as traveling its a crap shoot the stronger the 4G signal the better you are when it gets down to about 4 or 5 kb the S3 might want to switch to 3G before Moto or Htc. Hope I helped if you have any more questions please ask.
Thanks for the reply.
My confusion is in considering my poor reception numbers that I'm not really dropping calls or 4G. I typically get between one and two bars (-113db) at home (sometimes less) and have gotten no bars in areas that I had good reception with my old LG non-smart phone. The part that makes me unsure is the fact that I'm still able to make a call and typically hold 4G signals even with the low signal strength.
I would expect with the reception I'm seeing to be dropping calls like I do with my work phone (Sony phone on ATT), especially with the other complaints I've read about S3 reception. I've had problems with some other Verizon phones in the past, but others have done pretty well for reception.
I have noticed a wide fluctuation with 4G speeds, running speedtest multiple times, but I don't have enough experience with it to know if that's the nature of Verizon's LTE or if I'm having a hard time holding the LTE signal.
It seems from reading through this thread that most people are complaining about signal strength, which I've definitely got problem with, but in my limited time with the phone it hasn't correlated with dropped calls. I was just hoping to get a feel from other peoples experience if they had seen the low signal strength and then started noticing an increase in dropped calls due to it. It sounds like most people with the problem were dropping calls right away.