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Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Signal strength.

Didn't try that but setting Telus to 3G only same as PM sim produces identical signal strength.

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Signal strength.

Nope that is totally false. I have tested that a lot by trying both and doing speed tests. On 3G only I get download speeds of 6 Mbps. On autoselect I get 2 Mbps.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Signal strength.


@Hchlebek wrote:

Nope that is totally false. I have tested that a lot by trying both and doing speed tests. On 3G only I get download speeds of 6 Mbps. On autoselect I get 2 Mbps.


@Hchlebek  Your device your choice. 3G is used primarily for talk when it's congested the speed will go down. My recommendation is to use auto. LTE is a better network for data and voice.

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Signal strength.

It is definitely worse for data when my plan is 3G speed. I have tested it extensively. And the voice and texts is no issue.

Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: Signal strength.

You've already figured it out, but basically 3G will measure RSCP on a 5 MHz channel, while LTE will measure RSRP on a 5/10/15/20 MHz channel.

 

It's an apples-to-oranges comparison.

 

Edit: also a very good point made by @SomeFriend below.

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Signal strength.

I would have assumed it’s the differences on the bands the phone is connected to, provided that default for both SIMs (as they do support it) is LTE.  

 

It could be that one frequency/band is a lower frequency one, which has better signal strength typically, but lower data speeds (wouldn’t really matter on a PM 3G plan) and the other is connected to a higher frequency band.

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Signal strength.


@geopublic wrote:

@Hchlebek wrote:

Nope that is totally false. I have tested that a lot by trying both and doing speed tests. On 3G only I get download speeds of 6 Mbps. On autoselect I get 2 Mbps.


@Hchlebek  Your device your choice. 3G is used primarily for talk when it's congested the speed will go down. My recommendation is to use auto. LTE is a better network for data and voice.


PM still doesn't even support Voice over LTE sadly.

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Signal strength.

You still don't get it. PM only offers 3G speed data plans which is what I have. I have set it up to 3G only on the recomendation of several people on this forum. I have tested it extensively with speed tests at various times of the day and I am sure during congested times as well. The download speed is always 2-3 times faster when set to 3G only as opposed to setting it to auto LTE. I'll go with my tests rather than listen to someone's theory. Voice and texts have never had any issues with it set to 3G only.

Re: Signal strength.


@Hchlebek wrote:

You still don't get it. PM only offers 3G speed data plans which is what I have. I have set it up to 3G only on the recomendation of several people on this forum. I have tested it extensively with speed tests at various times of the day and I am sure during congested times as well. The download speed is always 2-3 times faster when set to 3G only as opposed to setting it to auto LTE. I'll go with my tests rather than listen to someone's theory. Voice and texts have never had any issues with it set to 3G only.


@Hchlebek, you are correct, the 3G network will provide the faster download speeds as the connection on. The 3G frequencies are not throttled.

 

Public Mobile 3G Speed plans however, are LTE Network throttled to 3Mbps rates (a cap) while being used on the LTE network. The only difference being the Latency experienced on LTE is lower than the 3G network.

 

You have chosen to use the 3G because it gives you overall faster speed which is great for you.  Those deciding to leave the choice on their device will get the emergency alter notices when they are issued, and flip between networks based on signal strength, and always use 3G for voice services.

 

Edited to correct 3Gbps to 3Mbps.

Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

Re: Signal strength.

I am using iPhone Xr and there is an option to switch off LTE. I live in Pickering and after doing that, signal stabilized to 2 to 3 bars from greyed out to 1 bar when LTE is on. Hope it applies to folks here as well.