My wife and I just upgraded from iPhone 3s to the 5. We also switched providers from AT&T to Verizon, in part because Verizon advertizing and Apple salespeople were indicating that Verizon's LTE coverage is much more robust than Verizon. So I was surprised to note that smack in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, I get a whopping 1 to 2 bars of signal strength. Have I been duped, or is this standard fare for LTE signal strength?
The number of bars isn't important. It is the actual signal strength in dBm that's useful information.
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Turn off LTE in your settings menu and you will have full service, 3G with no problems!
General>Cellular>and flip the toggle to "off" where it says Enable LTE.
POOF! Problem solved!