Cellular strength and throughput

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XDA_RealLifeReview

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We know how much you like to stream, ahem, "videos", and so cellular data is mega-important. Rate this thread to express how you think the Essential Phone's LTE performs. A higher rating indicates that it's fantastic: throughput is excellent and signal strength is top-notch.

Then, drop a comment if you have anything to add.
 

clint6

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Oct 7, 2011
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Not so good...

I get no cell coverage in my basement with this phone. Typically have 2 bars on my S8+. Sending a 4 word text message is hit or miss on delivery.

Update: Data reception is terrible on my device w/ Verizon. Cell and text service is poor as well.
Info:
-102 dB
43% cell signal strength
Speed Test on mobile:
624 ms ping
. 42 Mbs download
. 5 Mbs upload
 
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-Michael_

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Dec 27, 2009
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OnePlus 8T
On Verizon, better signal than my HTC 10 I switched from. Better signal than my wifes moto z force.

HD voice, VOLTE, verified HD voice and data worked simultaneously. No Wi-Fi calling on Verizon yet.
 

MrEous

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Mar 24, 2008
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DFW, TX
Using Speedtest app and Signal Strength app... Testing PH-1 vs OPO 5

PH-1...AT&T 109d 7u (dBm -109)
***wifi 90d 88u (dBm -58)
OPO 5...AT&T 134d 26u (dBm -100)
***wifi 91d 90u (dBm -44)
 
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frhoward

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Jan 31, 2011
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MetroPCS/Tmobile WIFI calling works magically. I never knew how muffled I sound when I was using my 6p. This is lightyears better.
 

IM0001

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Jun 29, 2007
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Sprint is strong as ever. My 6P was really good and a U11 isn't bad, but this thing takes them both in signal strength, call quality, and this phone supports LTE+ which is just over double the LTE speed I was getting without the +.

Normal LTE speed at my place was around 3-4Mbit. With LTE+ its 10+. Can't complain.

Well I can a little. Tried to use the U11's Sim Card since the 6P's sim card isn't compatible they say, and well that has just led to a day of broken activation. I started out with working phone but not data, then after a reboot the phone tries hands free activation that never finishes. I reboot again and it skips that, update profile, and data works but not phone/sms. And no manner of reboot/activation/profile trickery seems to fix it.

So I am just going to see if I can pick up or get a Sim shipped tomorrow to get everything dialed in tomorrow.

Still, Data is sure fast when it's working. :)
 

qnc

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Apr 27, 2007
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I get no cell coverage in my basement with this phone. Typically have 2 bars on my S8+. Sending a 4 word text message is hit or miss on delivery.

Update: Data reception is terrible on my device w/ Verizon. Cell and text service is poor as well.
Info:
-102 dB
43% cell signal strength
Speed Test on mobile:
624 ms ping
. 42 Mbs download
. 5 Mbs upload

What general location are you in?
Metro area?
Suburb?
Country?

I travel to all these places very frequently and will need coverage. My Nexus 6 and 6P work well in all areas. with good speeds and want this phone to work at least just as well.
 

jtg11

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Dec 23, 2010
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In a fringe rural area of western Ohio and Galaxy S7 has better Verizon reception than my new PH-1. This is my lake house and is an issue. I had consistent weak coverage in my house with S7, and PH-1 is constantly going in and out as I walk through the house. Wifi calling not working with Verizon... At least not yet or I cannot figure out how to activate it. When I try and make calls, I get a message saying to activate wifi calling in order to make a call.
 

gqukyo

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Nov 9, 2009
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What it does for me at home... Switching back and forth with crappy service and no service lol
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Ellises

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Sep 19, 2008
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For my first day and half of having this phone, cellular strength on Sprint has been terrible.

I came from my Nexus 6, with it at home I normally got full signal bars, with the Essential I'm only getting 1 bar (-121 dBm 99 asu) and it sometimes jumps down to 0.
Speed test at home I'm getting an average of a 68ms ping, 5.24Mbps down, and 2.20Mbps up. With the Nexus 6 I was getting around 10Mbps down.

Inside at work usually I got terrible service with the Nexus 6 staying at 1 bar 3G all the time, with the Essential it can't even connect inside the building.
 

gqukyo

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Nov 9, 2009
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Even after the recent update my MintSim Tmo still doesn't work well. My Xfinity Verizon works the same now or less. I did notice that whenever I put back the Tmo sim into my S8 I would get a update to install the configuration but I never get that when I use the same sim in the Essential phone. Not sure if that's the issue but i believe it's just APN settings which I copied from their site anyways.
 
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EVOSerb

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Jan 17, 2011
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Can't make a phone call. Signal completely goes off as if I put it in the airplane mode. Few seconds after I push end call button/hang up the signal comes back fully. Yesterday was working fine. I'm in Sprint (Chicago)
 

quadcrap1

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Apr 25, 2008
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So far...My PH-1 is a dog on Verizon. Places where I get low-bar-but-usable coverage with my other phones (Nexus 6, Droid Turbo), I have mostly unusable coverage with the PH-1 (occasionally connects, but often no bars).

I like the phone in theory, but if this doesn't get better, it's going back in the box.
 

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    Urgh I'm experiencing the cellular disconnect when connecting and disconnecting from wifi now. It's not always happening but does happen at least once a day. Can't get cellular to connect back until I restarted.
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    For my first day and half of having this phone, cellular strength on Sprint has been terrible.

    I came from my Nexus 6, with it at home I normally got full signal bars, with the Essential I'm only getting 1 bar (-121 dBm 99 asu) and it sometimes jumps down to 0.
    Speed test at home I'm getting an average of a 68ms ping, 5.24Mbps down, and 2.20Mbps up. With the Nexus 6 I was getting around 10Mbps down.

    Inside at work usually I got terrible service with the Nexus 6 staying at 1 bar 3G all the time, with the Essential it can't even connect inside the building.
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    Remember, bars are arbitrary. Try comparing dB level.

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    Using Speedtest app and Signal Strength app... Testing PH-1 vs OPO 5

    PH-1...AT&T 109d 7u (dBm -109)
    ***wifi 90d 88u (dBm -58)
    OPO 5...AT&T 134d 26u (dBm -100)
    ***wifi 91d 90u (dBm -44)