Note 3 reception issues

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  1. jsandy

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    I live in a county where Verizon is the only real option regarding coverage but even Verizon can be spotty. I took my new Note 3 hunting this weekend and that area has always had a weak signal but on my last phone, a Razr Maxx, I could usually get 2 or 3 bars of 3G. It was enough that I could use GPS with some online maps. The Note 3 can only pull in 1 bar of 1x and sometimes not that. There were times that I had no signal at all. The GPS works fine but I can't access any maps. The GPS knows where I am but I don't <g>. Where I know that signal is strong I'll get 4 or 5 bars of 4G but it doesn't seem to "pull" the signal as well as the Razr Maxx. Is this a problem with my phone in particular, the Note 3 in general or Samsung? I remember an article on line that the Note 3 has a new Radio power management system. Would this be affecting my reception? Is there any way to "boost" the "pulling" power of the Note 3. Thanks for any advice.
     
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    Looking heavily at purchasing the N3, but I am in the same boat. If the radios are less responsive than my Rezound, I will probably go with the G2 instead. Can't afford bad reception in my business.

    Typically moto & HTC radios have been a step above Samsung, so curious to see if that is still the case.
     
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    I haven't exactly been happy with my reception on my note 3 as well. I came from a s4 and a note 2 and data signal was a lot better on those device's.
     
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    I'm on first day with n3 ..so I will see after a few days if it compares to N2 ..I had perfect signal with N2 ...Also I don't know if it will help but I always change mobile networks from global to CDMA/LTE/EVDO

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    I just changed it myself, so we will see if that helps.
     
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    Hopefully it will help ..I'm in strong areas mainly but if this phone compares to N2 I'd be happy

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    I have no complaints with the Note 3 radios thus far...I live 15 or so miles from town and always had one area where my Note 2 would drop to 3g, so far with the Note 3, I have kept 4g all the way to town.
     
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    Did you have 4.3 on your old phone? My Rezound went from awesome to mediocre when ICS got pushed into it and I've noticed my Nexus7 has radio (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) bugs with 4.3 that weren't there with 4.2.
    Just wondering if 4.3 might be the culprit. My Note2 blows my Rezound away for fringe area reception but it's 4.1

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    Would be great if someone could post some signal strength comparisons between the N3 and their current phone using Opensignal or a comparable app. I will have to do that next time I go to Verizon or Best Buy.

    This is probably the biggest thing holding me back from buying this phone over the G2.
     
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    As a follow up. Went to the same area today. Changed from Global to CDMA. No help. entire time either no signal or 1 bar of 1x. where I have good signal it is a great phone. I wish I had known about this problem, I would have gone another route.
     
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    I don't know if this will help,but I had to reboot my phone when I changed from global to LTE/CDMA. It seems to have helped a little.
     
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