jk81 I'm showing you should have a consistent signal in that area. Are you having trouble with your voice or data services?
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Yes, on my Data service. I'm not sure if its because of the building that we're in since the data signal has been poor for the last few months. I've asked a couple of friends in the building about their data signal and theirs have the same problem as mine. They both have Samsung devices so I know it's not just my phone.
I have also had the same problem since switching to Verizon. Constantly 1-2 bars, browser doesn't load - takes way to start a call. On 3G (LTE disabled) 4 bars. - also same in areas in downtown Portland (my work 421 SW oak st) - really not good for supposedly the better network. Going to try out for a few weeks more, but not promising.
Is the 3G data working fine or is that also slow? Sounds like your towers or area may be congested.
While on a slow LTE connection, please get this info for us:
Open the phone app.
Click "Serving Cell Info"
Note down the band. The band will be Band 13, Band 4, or Band 2. If the band is Band 2, please let us know whether the phone shows 5Mhz, 10Mhz, or 15Mhz for the downstream/upstream bandwidth.
So the 3G is also "slow" but is more consistent than the LTE. I did a speed test just to try and I was 1.39 down and .24 up, with LTE managed to get 4.6 down and .04 up (which I think actually is a result of no connection for the majority of the upload test).
This is a fairly populated area, we are less then a mile from I-5 which should be blanketed in the Portland Metro(?) I don't think this is normal?
So Band 4 is the newer "XLTE" Spectrum Verizon started rolling out a year or two ago. This operates on 1700/1900Mhz and usually runs with a "10Mhz" bandwidth. It has far less range than the traditional LTE network, although it is supposed to offer better speeds due to the fact that it can travel less. If you're on Band 4, that should be an indicator that the tower isn't too far away.
To know the true problem, we would need to get some numbers from Verizon as to how many devices are on the tower, how many devices per sector are connected, and what channel utilization is. Additionally, information on how much backhaul is going to the tower. That will of course be confidential, but here's some things that need to be considered.
Now, that's a short list of all the things that could be going on, so here's the easy/tedious part for you.
Of course, do understand above all, that Wireless is a shared medium (fueled by magic ;P), and can vary from day to day no matter how well Verizon tries to account for it. That is why many of us argue against wireless to the home (Verizon LTE Connected in this example) - it's too unreliable. Wireless takes a ton of time to plan, engineer, and build correctly. If Verizon is adding capacity to the tower you're on, it may take some time until they have it working 100%.