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IPhone 4S vs 5: Better call reception with 4G LTE vs 3G?

fallbreak 321 42 September 24, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Question regarding voice call reception of 3G vs 4G LTE:

Let's assume a iPhone 4S on Verizon and a iPhone 5 on Verizon in a LTE market.
Which one has better reception for phone calls? Obviously the 5 can utilize the LTE feature which may be better inside buildings? Or is it nothing like that and only related to Internet speeds?

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Question regarding voice call reception of 3G vs 4G LTE:

Let's assume a iPhone 4S on Verizon and a iPhone 5 on Verizon in a LTE market.
Which one has better reception for phone calls? Obviously the 5 can utilize the LTE feature which may be better inside buildings? Or is it nothing like that and only related to Internet speeds?
LTE is only for the internet, Verizon uses the 800 band for voice/audio, and the 1900 band for internet/LTE - you won't get any better signal (unless you are using something like Gtalk to make the call via data instead of the default way)
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You don't want to be stuck with 3G as 4 g gets better you will be stuck for 2 years contract

Get a 4g phone

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012...peed-test/
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But as mentioned 4G / LTE is for data only, it has zero impact on phone calls.
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only internet speeds but the reviews do seem to say call quality is better
http://www.businessinsider.com/ip...lls-2012-9


but no data and voice at the same time ob verizon which my 4g droid can do

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/201...alls-data/
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The other thing is once Verizons LTE network is rolled out nation wide they will be moving over to VoLTE (Which the iP5) supports. It will move voice over LTE which should improve voice quality because you will be able to run the more advanced codecs improving quality.
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The other thing is once Verizons LTE network is rolled out nation wide they will be moving over to VoLTE (Which the iP5) supports. It will move voice over LTE which should improve voice quality because you will be able to run the more advanced codecs improving quality.
i'd say this is prob a year down the line.
LTE market has to keep expanding before they do this
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i'd say this is prob a year down the line.
LTE market has to keep expanding before they do this
Oh ya. It's probably more than that because they hope to turn off 3G eventually too which would end service for a lot of people right now.
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Only thing I notice about 3g vs 4g on voice calls is that some phones completely reset the antenna when they flip from 3g to 4g and back. This kills voice as well. I have noticed it on the Razr, the Nexus and once on the Thunderbolt on Verizon.

Comes back in a few seconds, but gets really annoying if you are in an area with spotty LTE since you will constantly cycle back and forth. Still worth dealing with for the insane speed difference between the two for data.
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LTE is only for the internet, Verizon uses the 800 band for voice/audio, and the 1900 band for internet/LTE - you won't get any better signal (unless you are using something like Gtalk to make the call via data instead of the default way)
1900 does not penatrate as well through walls(Ask any sprint user) so even if it used LTE you would not benefit.
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doesn't verizon use 700 for their LTE?
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
The other thing is once Verizons LTE network is rolled out nation wide they will be moving over to VoLTE (Which the iP5) supports. It will move voice over LTE which should improve voice quality because you will be able to run the more advanced codecs improving quality.
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i'd say this is prob a year down the line.
LTE market has to keep expanding before they do this
I suspect it will be longer, say 2-3+ years. Don't they still have to solve call hand-off between VoLTE and older areas without LTE?
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I suspect it will be longer, say 2-3+ years. Don't they still have to solve call hand-off between VoLTE and older areas without LTE?
I believe that's the case too, but they won't shut down the 3G service
I'd say they'll start moving voice to 4g LTE in a year or so

Hell AT&T isn't shutting down 2G service until 2017.
http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/0...k-by-2017/
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I believe that's the case too, but they won't shut down the 3G service
I'd say they'll start moving voice to 4g LTE in a year or so

Hell AT&T isn't shutting down 2G service until 2017.
http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/0...k-by-2017/
AT&T is ready to shut down 2G though, they dont have any 2G phones to sell for the past 3 years, lol.

Just curious though, are these 3G, 4G backward compatible? like do 4G towers also do 3G too? like the wireless N, B and As?
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AT&T is ready to shut down 2G though, they dont have any 2G phones to sell for the past 3 years, lol.

Just curious though, are these 3G, 4G backward compatible? like do 4G towers also do 3G too? like the wireless N, B and As?
lots of people still use their old phones
like i know a lot of companies still have like 5 year old blackberrys
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