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    Hi all!

    So I had a question for those who are on AT&T and have iPhone 7. Do they make you use LTE for data use ( web browsing, text, etc)? Because over the weekend 4G data stopped working on my phone and I couldn't surf the web or anything like that while on 4G with the message saying "can not active cellular data network". So I was panicking thinking something was wrong with my 7 Plus but come to find out AT&T now requires LTE for data. But my mom and my friends ( who also have iPhones) can still use the 4G network for data use so I am confused. From what I know LTE drains the battery faster which is why I prefered 4G but now AT&T says they are getting rid of 4G. I just wanted to check and see if this was a practice with other folks or do I need to look into this issue further. Thanks in advance!
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    Far as I know, you don't have to use LTE. At my house, there is no LTE, so when I'm not on wifi for whatever reason, I am on 4G with no issue.
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    Well for some reason 4G won't work for me data wise. I can still make calls and texts on 4G but anything requiring data I have to switch to LTE. I was jusing 4G just yesterday until like 5pm and that's when it stopped. This is so strange
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowboxer8 View Post
    Well for some reason 4G won't work for me data wise. I can still make calls and texts on 4G but anything requiring data I have to switch to LTE. I was jusing 4G just yesterday until like 5pm and that's when it stopped. This is so strange
    Really strange. Did you change settings? Is LTE enabled for both voice and data?
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    Is it an AT&T iPhone 7? You might try resetting Network settings:

    Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

    You'll have to redo your wifi passwords but it could help. If not, maybe exchange it.
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    My data dropped off this weekend. I did a restart and all was fine after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowboxer8 View Post
    Well for some reason 4G won't work for me data wise. I can still make calls and texts on 4G but anything requiring data I have to switch to LTE. I was jusing 4G just yesterday until like 5pm and that's when it stopped. This is so strange
    LTE is 4G.
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    Default Re: AT&T data question on iPhone 7

    I have both LTE and 4g. LTE is definitely a better, stronger signal. My phone drops to 4g when I'm in a more remote area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gordol View Post
    LTE is 4G.
    Not exactly, and carriers use these terms loosely starting from the transition from 3G to 4G
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyecrispy View Post
    Really strange. Did you change settings? Is LTE enabled for both voice and data?
    This was my thought too -- there is a toggle in settings/cellular/cellular data options to enable LTE
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    Default Re: AT&T data question on iPhone 7

    You should contact AT&T. Data works fine on my iPhone 7 when I switch off LTE and use "4G" (aka HSPA+).
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    Yea so I called them last night and I had to reset the network settings and AT&T reset the signal on their end. Somehow my phone was connected to some weird network (international it seems) and that was the cause of the phone not being able to get on the 4G network for data and I could only use LTE. They say it happens to some iphone users every so often after they switch to a new phone. This was the first time it happened to me though and the only way it can be fixed is by calling AT&T if it happens as neither my local AT&T store or Apple store knew how to fix the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowboxer8 View Post
    Yea so I called them last night and I had to reset the network settings and AT&T reset the signal on their end. Somehow my phone was connected to some weird network (international it seems) and that was the cause of the phone not being able to get on the 4G network for data and I could only use LTE. They say it happens to some iphone users every so often after they switch to a new phone. This was the first time it happened to me though and the only way it can be fixed is by calling AT&T if it happens as neither my local AT&T store or Apple store knew how to fix the issue.
    Glad you got it resolved --- and thank you for sharing that tidbit with us in case anyone here experiences the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyecrispy View Post
    Glad you got it resolved --- and thank you for sharing that tidbit with us in case anyone here experiences the same thing.
    It appears I spoke to soon as the issue is happening again. At this point I am not sure if it's a att network issue or my phone. I mean it's not a huge deal I mean the phone works fine and I can make calls and text on the regular 4G network but anything with data I now have to use LTE or wi fi. It's just annoying is all since it seems it's only me that has this issue. I am grandfathered in with unlimited data though on AT&T and I am thinking maybe they changed something with that, which might have caused it. One ATT rep did say it was normal and att was doing this to everyone ( eventually) at least in my area ( Virginia).
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    I am on AT&T in Yakima, WA. I did not have this issue on my iPhone 6 (not plus), but do on my 7 (not plus). I had to turn off Wifi Assist, as that was just a disaster. Failed on every level since getting the iPhone 7 and / or iOS 10. I also enabled LTE over Voice and Data and that helps a bit. My signal here sucks.. so I am doing the best I can with a bad situation until AT&T fixes whatever is going on.
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    I talked to AT&T again yesterday and they say a 4G tower is experiencing an outage and I should give it a week or so. But I am not worried if I have to be on LTE all the time for data usage it's not that big of deal as I am grandfathered in with unlimited data anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyecrispy View Post
    Really strange. Did you change settings? Is LTE enabled for both voice and data?
    No I only use LTE for data and the normal 4G network for phone calls and text.

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