I have seen this many times all over the place but still can't find the answer. We have 2 thunderbolts in our family and both phones do the same thing. Says I have 4G but as soon as I open an app or try to use data it loses the data connection. I have to retry several times before it will connect. It gets to the point of rebooting the phone which doesn't even work all of the time. This has happened so much that it almost makes this brick unusable.
PLEASE I'm begging anyone for an answer. I have tried updates and phone settings.... I know I'm not the only one with this problem.
I've been having this same problem for months now. Got a new SIM card. No change. Did the factory reset. No change. Got a new Thunderbolt AND new SIM card. No change. I'm pretty sick of it. And the same canned responses from Verizon when they know what the problem is.
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When I was in Orlando, FL just a couple of weeks ago I had the exact same issue, I would lose my data connection and get it back. I would only keep the connection for a few minutes then lose it again. Not sure what was happening there. I ended up disabling the 4G on the phone and had no problems from that point. Once I got back home to Pittsburgh I turned the 4G back on and everything has been fine with it, so obviously there is a network problem in Orlando.
For those of us that have this issue, and it seems to be many of us, I don't think Verizon has a clue how to fix it or care enough to even try. It may not even be on their radar. If you've seen all the threads here on their own site you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who has had the issue resolved. They can swap phones, sim cards, do factory resets over and over but it just doesn't work and they give up as I have given up on Verizon and can't wait to be a former customer. I voiced my concern in another thread a while back. Someone from VZW actually acted interested and ask several questions about my configuration to which I quickly replied. Over a month passed and they didn't bother to reply to me after doing a bit of leg work to collect that information for them. Then when I asked why nobody replied they just made a single suggestion to reset the APN which of course was an ineffective suggestion. Given that poor support, the lack of support from actual phone support, I turned to Twitter. Somebody from Verizon took notice and seemed to care. For all I know it was the same person that was ignoring my question on this board. They read all the message threads here, asked a few questions, then came up with the amazingly useless response of telling me to do a battery pull as the solution. As if after a year with this problem I never once pulled the battery. So either Verizon can not fix this or does not want to fix it. Our only solution is to break our contract and turn around and sue for early termination fees or wait out our contract and never return to Verizon again which is what I will do and I'm sure Verizon prefers that since they rake in tons of money on substandard service. I do take some satisfaction in the fact I've been able to sway several people away from Verizon and will continue to do so ad nauseam due to this problem they are incapable of fixing. At least I don't have to worry about my antiquated data cap because my phone is incapable of maintaining a connection long enough to reach it.
I really enjoyed your reply. It was filled with wonderful goodies. Now I am positive that Verizon wants to get rid of HTC Thunderbolt, aka "my phone." Or it's a propaganda scheme to get us to purchase the iPhone5. I'm a marketing major in college and this smells fishy. I have been a customer of Verizon for over 10 years and they pull this stunt. A Great Huge Thanks to your contribution!
My Thunderbolt has been having the same issue for a few months; my g/fs bionic has also been having the same issues so either both phones are terrible or the network is or they both are. I've tried going to Verizon stores and they've tried all the reset and re-seating they could manage with no different. So when I'm eligible for an upgrade/off plan I've got the fantastic options of:
A) Using my current phone that loses connection up to 4/5 times a minute rendering it all but inoperable unless I constantly try connection on/off attempts and hope it loads what I want in the 10-15 second increments I do have connection.
B) Upgrade to a new phone through Verizon which may have the same issue (if this is not phone related), losing both my unlimited data plan and paying significantly more for significantly less.
C) Taking my chances on a used phone
D) Going to another provider. Their LTE coverage might not be the same but if I can't use the connection anyways whats the purpose.
I went through this from the middle of September to October. My tbolt was only 3 months old. Basically lost data connection, but then discovered I had it when I went to other parts of my city or other cities (but not everywhere).
Long story short, I tried everything in the world that's on the internet, nothing worked. VZW sent me a refurb under insurance (now my 4th tbolt) and have had it for 8 days.
Tonight it started doing it again. I decided to call and just get them to send another one out....I'm too tired to keep playing games with this stupid thing.
Then I discovered that something is going on with the battery covers. I posted it on another forum here: https://community.verizonwireless.com/message/887882#887882
By chance have you changed battery covers?
First, let me just say that I love the HTC Thunderbolt. It does have a few quirks, I'll admit, but so do Microsoft products, yet, millions of people buy them with a general understanding that there can be glitches here or there. For some reason, the general population just deals with them - probably because they don't have much choice.
Ok, so for the issue at hand, here's what I've seen happen on my device.
4G LTE can be intermittent - at my house and at my office.
There are 'dead spots' in my house, but overall very strong coverage in my house as well. There's an area in my house where I know not to bother using 4G. I switch to wifi if I need to use data.
Facebook is one of the apps which has the most issues for me. The 4G LTE indicator blinks off, Facebook app searches for data, and a 'Signal Lost' message pops up.
Last week, I went to use 4G for video stream using my HTC Incredible 4G (which is only about 6 weeks old) at lunch time in my office. Guess what - with an entirely different phone, 4G blinked off! I was using Netflix at that time in an area where it's known that we have a very strong 4G LTE signal.
So I mention this because the intermittency isn't an easy issue to solve because there are so many factors that can cause sporadic behavior. It could be the network, your location, your phone's electronic circuit board or the battery cover which contains the antenna for the phone, or the app you're using or even a combination of each.
As for big blue... I have a corporate iPhone which has 4G. It's not nearly as fast as the VZ phones, including my personal iPhone on Verizon's network. The data and the phone with big blue seem very reliable, but the speed is so stinkin' slow, there's absolutely no way whatsoever, I'd personally consider moving to big blue. But even this issue could be area dependent, phone dependent and location dependent. Perhaps if I went out of town and used another cell tower in a big city, I might see faster data.
So what's a person to do? My recommendation is to not bad mouth a company for not being able to fix every reported problem in the universe. Attempting to fix every reported problem would take such an enormous amount of resources, none of us would be able to afford any plan because the costs associated with this sort of troubleshooting are extremely high. There comes a point where it simply doesn't make sense to invest time and money into problem.
But, living in America means you can start a petition and if you get enough people to sign it, you're very likely to get attention. There are petitions out there for things users want cell phone manufacturers and network providers to consider. You could consider starting one and seeing if the problems are affecting a large enough user community to have Verizon prioritize a fix. It's free and one of our constitutional rights and it does no harm to Verizon's future business by turning potential customers away who may have had a perfectly good experience using Verizon's product offerings and their network. Just because one person had a bad experience, doesn't mean the guy or gal sitting next to him or her will be guaranteed to have the same issues.
Two people who participate in forums online were sitting side by side in the same building location with the exact same phone model. One person couldn't get a 4G LTE signal and the other had one. The same happens between the two Thunderbolt phone models in my household but I'm not planning to leave VZ any time in the near future. I've tried all providers and for me, the best choice is clearly Verizon.
With that said, I feel strongly that customers who pay for service, should be able to receive the service - no doubt. Best of luck to you! I hope you're able to find a suitable choice, here or elsewhere.
I had changed battery covers when I got the extended battery. I did switch
back to my original battery and battery cover and the issue still exists.
I do have to say that I was in Orlando this past week and it seemed better
but I didn't use my phone as much as I would normally so who knows...