Which phones have the best reception?

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    Jul 14, 2013 3:22 AM GMT
    I'm starting to get frustrated with the lack of reception on most modern cell phones. I have T-Mobile which doesn't have great reception to begin with, but I refuse to change companies because I'm grandfathered into a plan that gives me unlimited 4g internet for a cheap price. Right now I have a Nokia Lumia and the reception is crap so I'm forced to use wifi calling which doesn't always work. My last phone (the galaxy S blaze which is basically a smaller version of the S2) had terrible reception as well. The only phones that I had luck with as far as reception is concerned are blackberries and the really old school Nokias. I'm thinking about switching back to blackberry unless I could find a phone with decent reception. It seems like these companies are so concerned with the bells and whistles that they don't bother with the things that are actually important.
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    Jul 14, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    jr17 saidI have T-Mobile which doesn't have great reception to begin with......


    That is most likely the majority of your problem. I doubt another device would make it much better.
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    Jul 15, 2013 5:54 AM GMT
    Serious. I switched to T-Mobile recently and reception has been hit or miss. It really frustrates me when I have FULL bars on 4G, yet my data connection dies. Haven't really experienced much with voice calls, since I'm more of a data user. But I would imagine that it's the same.

    If voice calls are that important to you, pick up a cheap quad band flip phone. T-Mobile's 4G (actually 3G) just isn't quite up to par. You'll get better voice service on EDGE (2G).
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    Jul 15, 2013 6:04 AM GMT
    xrichx saidSerious. I switched to T-Mobile recently and reception has been hit or miss. It really frustrates me when I have FULL bars on 4G, yet my data connection dies. Haven't really experienced much with voice calls, since I'm more of a data user. But I would imagine that it's the same.

    If voice calls are that important to you, pick up a cheap quad band flip phone. T-Mobile's 4G (actually 3G) just isn't quite up to par. You'll get better voice service on EDGE (2G).

    I have Verizon with generally great service but what I have experienced is that when it's dropping from 4G to the standard (I guess that's 1G) it seems like it must 'poll' for the signal for a while before dropping down because I experience breaks too...it's frustrating. Says the connection is good but then it stops and take a while to drop down. Data only here too.
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    Jul 15, 2013 6:11 AM GMT
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    I have Verizon with generally great service but what I have experienced is that when it's dropping from 4G to the standard (I guess that's 1G) it seems like it must 'poll' for the signal for a while before dropping down because I experience breaks too...it's frustrating. Says the connection is good but then it stops and take a while to drop down. Data only here too.
    I'm starting to wonder about Verizon's 4G network ads. I've got some co-workers that are on Verizon and they get 4G about half the time. That might be understandable in the boonies. But we're in a major city! icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 15, 2013 6:14 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    eb925guy said
    I have Verizon with generally great service but what I have experienced is that when it's dropping from 4G to the standard (I guess that's 1G) it seems like it must 'poll' for the signal for a while before dropping down because I experience breaks too...it's frustrating. Says the connection is good but then it stops and take a while to drop down. Data only here too.
    I'm starting to wonder about Verizon's 4G network ads. I've got some co-workers that are on Verizon and they get 4G about half the time. That might be understandable in the boonies. But we're in a major city! icon_confused.gif


    Maybe I'm confused, but what does 4g have to do with voice reception? Isn't 4g the data speed? Voice quality is something that far predates data speeds?
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    Jul 16, 2013 12:25 AM GMT
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    jr17 saidI have T-Mobile which doesn't have great reception to begin with......


    That is most likely the majority of your problem. I doubt another device would make it much better.

    No it's not. I used to get 4 bars in my room with my old Nokia 6010 on T-Mobile. With the newer phones I get 0-2 bars.
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    Jul 16, 2013 1:03 AM GMT
    jr17 said
    SoloXCRacer said
    jr17 saidI have T-Mobile which doesn't have great reception to begin with......


    That is most likely the majority of your problem. I doubt another device would make it much better.

    No it's not. I used to get 4 bars in my room with my old Nokia 6010 on T-Mobile. With the newer phones I get 0-2 bars.
    But that's 4 bars on 2G. I get 1 - 2 bars on 4G (HSDPA). But if I switch to 2G (EDGE), then I get full bars.

    If you still have your old Galaxy S, pop your current SIM in there. Then go into the network settings and switch to EDGE mode. You'll get full bars.
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    Jul 16, 2013 1:08 AM GMT
    uoft23 said
    Maybe I'm confused, but what does 4g have to do with voice reception? Isn't 4g the data speed? Voice quality is something that far predates data speeds?
    2G, 3G, 4G all refer to different wireless technologies and are not specifically for data connections. Each technology has their own limits/capabilities in terms of voice and data transfer.
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    Jul 16, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    jr17 said
    SoloXCRacer said
    jr17 saidI have T-Mobile which doesn't have great reception to begin with......


    That is most likely the majority of your problem. I doubt another device would make it much better.

    No it's not. I used to get 4 bars in my room with my old Nokia 6010 on T-Mobile. With the newer phones I get 0-2 bars.
    But that's 4 bars on 2G. I get 1 - 2 bars on 4G (HSDPA). But if I switch to 2G (EDGE), then I get full bars.

    If you still have your old Galaxy S, pop your current SIM in there. Then go into the network settings and switch to EDGE mode. You'll get full bars.

    Actually I'm on Edge because I don't get 4g at my house.
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    Jul 16, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    uoft23 said
    xrichx said
    eb925guy said
    I have Verizon with generally great service but what I have experienced is that when it's dropping from 4G to the standard (I guess that's 1G) it seems like it must 'poll' for the signal for a while before dropping down because I experience breaks too...it's frustrating. Says the connection is good but then it stops and take a while to drop down. Data only here too.
    I'm starting to wonder about Verizon's 4G network ads. I've got some co-workers that are on Verizon and they get 4G about half the time. That might be understandable in the boonies. But we're in a major city! icon_confused.gif


    Maybe I'm confused, but what does 4g have to do with voice reception? Isn't 4g the data speed? Voice quality is something that far predates data speeds?

    Voice? What's that? LOL Yeah, but I was thinking the OP was referring to data reception, not the voice reception.
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    Jul 16, 2013 10:09 PM GMT
    http://www.reviewgist.com/best-reception-cell-phone

    Also, compare coverage in your area from different carriers on sensorly.com
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    Jul 16, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    I recently switched from Straight Talk to Verizon, and got the iPhone 5 (not an Apple fan, just needed it for the aviation apps).

    Aside from paying over 3x what I used to pay, the reception is unbelievable. I travel often, and the only time I've lost signal is in the mountains...and elevators.
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    Jul 16, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    Motorolla and Nokia have the best reception. As far as the Carrier - that depends where you live and where you're going ><
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    Aug 23, 2013 3:41 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    jr17 said
    SoloXCRacer said
    jr17 saidI have T-Mobile which doesn't have great reception to begin with......


    That is most likely the majority of your problem. I doubt another device would make it much better.

    No it's not. I used to get 4 bars in my room with my old Nokia 6010 on T-Mobile. With the newer phones I get 0-2 bars.
    But that's 4 bars on 2G. I get 1 - 2 bars on 4G (HSDPA). But if I switch to 2G (EDGE), then I get full bars.

    If you still have your old Galaxy S, pop your current SIM in there. Then go into the network settings and switch to EDGE mode. You'll get full bars.

    You were right about this. I switched to edge on my galaxy and now I have 3 or 4 bars. On 4g I have 0 or 1 bar.
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    Aug 24, 2013 5:49 AM GMT
    If you're tired of problems with your network dropping calls, switch to Verizon.

    Verizon has billions invested in their spectrum and their coverage. If Tmobile could compete against that, the German government wouldn't have tried to hard to sell it to AT&T.

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    Aug 24, 2013 12:15 PM GMT
    I was talking to the girl at the local US Cellular store, and she said there's a huge difference in reception between the Galaxy S3 and S4. She lives in Douds Iowa, which is deep boonies and way down low in a river valley, and she said the S4 gets 4G down there, when the S3 did not. So, don't be tempted to get an S3 at a super discounted price, thinking it's the same 4G at a better price than the newer S4.