1. Superjudge's Avatar
    I found out today that not all phone antennas are equal. I knew I was going to be in a roaming area and saw the "extended 1x" signal which confirmed that. Well the two of us with iPhones couldn't get any data at all so looking up any information or getting directions was going to have to happen the old fashioned way where you stop at a store and ask someone. If only I had paid attention to another person in the car who had a Galaxy 5 and was getting a 3G connection, we could have saved some time.

    Just disappointed to learn that iPhones perform worse than Samsung when it comes to important things like connecting to your network or any network. I wish I could blame this on Sprint but it looks like this may be an Apple issue. At least I know now not to expect my iphone to work in roaming data areas so I won't be disappointed. Might have to get a Samsung phone now for when I travel. Not a huge deal as they make fine phones but I never thought I would have to be a two phone person because iPhones don't roam.
    10-05-2015 10:14 PM
  2. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    There are a lot of factors at play here, so you shouldn't automatically assume that this is merely an issue with iPhones having lesser quality antennas.


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    10-05-2015 10:19 PM
  3. Closingracer's Avatar
    Sprint iPhone roam...you just need to turn it on


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    10-05-2015 10:25 PM
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    I happen to have it on only for voice


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    10-05-2015 10:26 PM
  5. Superjudge's Avatar
    I turned it on and even rebooted. No change. I did reset the PRL but not till I got back to my hotel with wifi. Won't know if that makes a difference till tomorrow because I am in a no data area for anyone.
    10-05-2015 11:55 PM
  6. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I turned it on and even rebooted. No change. I did reset the PRL but not till I got back to my hotel with wifi. Won't know if that makes a difference till tomorrow because I am in a no data area for anyone.
    You might need to enable data roaming through Sprint. You can do that by managing your services online or calling them.


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    10-05-2015 11:57 PM
  7. Superjudge's Avatar
    There are a lot of factors at play here, so you shouldn't automatically assume that this is merely an issue with iPhones having lesser quality antennas.


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    I understand that and thought the same thing till another phone was able to connect to a data network and not just a roaming network either. I'll investigate further when I get back home. What other factors do you think may apply? I am hoping someone has an understanding of these types of issue. I sure don't.
    10-05-2015 11:59 PM
  8. Superjudge's Avatar
    You might need to enable data roaming through Sprint. You can do that by managing your services online or calling them.


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    I'll give that a try. Like I said the odd thing is both my and someone else's iPhone had the exact same issue.
    10-06-2015 12:00 AM
  9. Superjudge's Avatar
    On an unrelated note, I'm really impressed with the amount of activity in the sprint forum. I honestly wasn't expecting these many comments and certainly not this quick. Thank you everyone.
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    10-06-2015 12:01 AM
  10. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I understand that and thought the same thing till another phone was able to connect to a data network and not just a roaming network either. I'll investigate further when I get back home. What other factors do you think may apply? I am hoping someone has an understanding of these types of issue. I sure don't.
    All of you are with Sprint?


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    10-06-2015 12:03 AM
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    All of you are with Sprint?


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    Yes.
    10-06-2015 12:06 AM
  12. Closingracer's Avatar
    On an unrelated note, I'm really impressed with the amount of activity in the sprint forum. I honestly wasn't expecting these many comments and certainly not this quick. Thank you everyone.
    I personally like sprint. Is service perfect? No is it the best? No is it cheap? Yes offers unlimited data? Yes. Decent sales reps all things considered? Yes. I am saving money and get decent service in return overall and really good service in NYC.


    I would choose AT&T in a heartbeat since I found that to be the best service for me between my time with all four major carriers but they are expensive so I'll stick with Sprint


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    10-06-2015 12:14 AM
  13. Superjudge's Avatar
    I personally like sprint. Is service perfect? No is it the best? No is it cheap? Yes offers unlimited data? Yes. Decent sales reps all things considered? Yes. I am saving money and get decent service in return overall and really good service in NYC.


    I would choose AT&T in a heartbeat since I found that to be the best service for me between my time with all four major carriers but they are expensive so I'll stick with Sprint


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    I'm with you. Actually I've usually found them decent to great in many places. The issue here worries me more because I will be spending a lot of time here over the next year or so but in thinking its a phone issue over carrier. I could be wrong though.
    10-06-2015 12:19 AM
  14. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I personally like sprint. Is service perfect? No is it the best? No is it cheap? Yes offers unlimited data? Yes. Decent sales reps all things considered? Yes. I am saving money and get decent service in return overall and really good service in NYC.


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    I was a Sprint customer for years before recently switching to Verizon. If it wasn't for the unreliable service I get in Southeast Michigan I would have never left. Considering the problems Sprint has faced ever since their terrible investment in WiMAX, my service improved dramatically over the past two or three years. Nonetheless, they never caught up to the other three carriers and I had to make the move. I just couldn't take it anymore.


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    10-06-2015 12:21 AM
  15. Closingracer's Avatar
    I was a Sprint customer for years before recently switching to Verizon. If it wasn't for the unreliable service I get in Southeast Michigan I would have never left. Considering the problems Sprint has faced ever since their terrible investment in WiMAX, my service improved dramatically over the past two or three years. Nonetheless, they never caught up to the other three carriers and I had to make the move. I just couldn't take it anymore.


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    OH I know their service can be outright horrible but I am not traveling much right now atm since I'm in school and in NYC it's really good specially for the price. I was in Cleveland and outside city limits the service was decent but not great.


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    10-06-2015 12:23 AM
  16. Closingracer's Avatar
    I'm with you. Actually I've usually found them decent to great in many places. The issue here worries me more because I will be spending a lot of time here over the next year or so but in thinking its a phone issue over carrier. I could be wrong though.
    If it's really an issue with the iPhone and you rather save money with sprint vs going to another carrier and spending more maybe get an Android device? The new Nexus devices are cheap and after selling your iPhone could break even or close


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    10-06-2015 12:24 AM
  17. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I understand that and thought the same thing till another phone was able to connect to a data network and not just a roaming network either. I'll investigate further when I get back home. What other factors do you think may apply? I am hoping someone has an understanding of these types of issue. I sure don't.
    A couple things came to mind:
    1. Which model iPhone were you using?
    2. How much battery did you have left? Were the phones plugged in or running on battery power?
    3. Do you have data roaming enabled (as we've already discussed)?)
    4. What version of iOS are you running?
    5. Are you using a metal bumper case?
    6. Have you updated your PRL and network settings?

    Any or none of these things could potentially impact your service quality.


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    10-06-2015 12:26 AM
  18. Superjudge's Avatar
    If it's really an issue with the iPhone and you rather save money with sprint vs going to another carrier and spending more maybe get an Android device? The new Nexus devices are cheap and after selling your iPhone could break even or close


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    Oh I'm not planning on leaving Sprint. I've thought about the new Nexus devices. Still would keep my iPhone. I do love the phone and it works fine in my hometown. I'd just get a Nexus or other Android phone for my trips here.
    10-06-2015 12:52 AM
  19. Superjudge's Avatar
    A couple things came to mind:
    1. Which model iPhone were you using?
    2. How much battery did you have left? Were the phones plugged in or running on battery power?
    3. Do you have data roaming enabled (as we've already discussed)?)
    4. What version of iOS are you running?
    5. Are you using a metal bumper case?
    6. Have you updated your PRL and network settings?

    Any or none of these things could potentially impact your service quality.


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    1. 6s+ (both iPhone users)
    2. Fully charged. They were plugged in while driving.
    3. Yes
    4. 9.0.2
    5. No. Leather case.
    6. Yes but haven't had a chance to see if that will work. I'm currently in a dead zone and it's dead for all carriers except Verizon intermittently.
    10-06-2015 12:55 AM
  20. Gearheadaddy's Avatar
    I just switched from Verizon to Sprint because to update to the new iPhone was going to be $866.40 early upgrade payoff...should have just paid it. Now I have 2 iPhones that don't get calls, slow downloads (if at all)...Verizon please forgive us...we WILL BE BACK!
    11-20-2015 02:58 AM
  21. Closingracer's Avatar
    I just switched from Verizon to Sprint because to update to the new iPhone was going to be $866.40 early upgrade payoff...should have just paid it. Now I have 2 iPhones that don't get calls, slow downloads (if at all)...Verizon please forgive us...we WILL BE BACK!
    Why would you go in blind? I would of went with one of their pre paid carriers and try them out or start a plan with sprint and cancel within 2-3 days and you'll lose perhaps $100 bucks or perhaps less. I went in blind because Verizon was costing me $150 for myself and service wasn't fantastic for me
    11-22-2015 05:52 PM
  22. Gearheadaddy's Avatar
    Didn't go in "totally" blind...A friend came by with their Sprint iPhone 6s Plus. All our phones seemed to work great at first...I should have tested the system with Speedtest though. The phones did show 3-4 bars with LTE... I just didn't realize that here in California the "High Speed LTE" is 3-5 Megs download except in very few places. Also at the time I tried her phone it worked okay. Now...not so much.
    11-22-2015 06:57 PM
  23. Closingracer's Avatar
    Didn't go in "totally" blind...A friend came by with their Sprint iPhone 6s Plus. All our phones seemed to work great at first...I should have tested the system with Speedtest though. The phones did show 3-4 bars with LTE... I just didn't realize that here in California the "High Speed LTE" is 3-5 Megs download except in very few places. Also at the time I tried her phone it worked okay. Now...not so much.


    Bars mean nothing.... I get around 2-3 bars at home and get around 10-15 mbps depending on the time of the day. You practically went in blind because you didn't test it out yourself for a period of time....
    11-23-2015 09:49 AM

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