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Old microwaves are actually pretty dangerous because most of them leak ~~ionizing~~ electromagnetic radiation while running. You should probably throw them out. But since you're probably not gonna do that, at least don't stand near it while it's cooking.
/u/AgentScreech corrected me. Microwaves use polarization to cook, not ionization. Microwave radiation will still polarize the water molecules in your face and cook you, though. Nothing gets past you, reddit :)
The fastest way to test this and be done is to put a cell phone in your microwave, close the door, and try to call it. Most cell phones use frequencies the microwave is designed to shield against. If the cell phone can receive a call, the microwave shielding is leaking and should be tested by a professional or thrown away (source). If you still don't like this answer, then download LTE Discovery and check that your phone is using close to 2.45 GHz when performing the phone call test.
Do you live in a B12 covered area?
Any ideas if B12 actually activates (just VoLTE is missing currently) or if B12 is actually disabled? LTE discovery (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery) might help to figure this out.
I use one called LTE Discovery. Gets the job done.
The T-Mobile service around NRG region is pretty awful. If I am on the phone, my data is gone (service immediately dropped from LTE to Edge 2G signal, so I can't do voice and web browsing at the same time on my Nexus 5)
If you have Android, you can download the LTE Discovery app. On my Nexus 5, I only get Band 4, which is pretty pissy poor in signal strength. Maybe an upgrade to a phone with Band 12 will help (If I have money I will do just that).
Location of reporting is around Broadmead Dr & S Main as well as OST & Fannin.. and OST & Almeda
You can download an app like LTE Discovery from the Play Store, and see if it shows that you are on Band 12 - Like this image shows. To see if VoLTE is working, make a call and see if your signal indicator still displays LTE.
for carriers you just have to Google example
but you can install an app called lte Discovery
and just see what bands you use in your daily usage .
For phones you have to look in the tech specs. Some phones offer different versions like a global / international version that might offer more bands. From what i tell the zenphone is not catering to the US market at all.
Ouch...would you mind doing it one more but this time download LTE Discovery (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery) on both and verify they were connected to the same LTE band and tower? Grant the 2 permissions then wait a second for it to populate the GCi and a little lower the band. Oh ya, you may need to disconnect from WiFi to be sure. I'm pretty my Pixel shows a stronger LTE signal if it's not actually "connected" to LTE.
Probably so. Even though AT&T hasn't done a good job of advertising it, it's active on a large part of the network.
Since you're on android, I've heard pretty good things about an app called LTE Discovery. It lets you see what bands are being aggregated. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en
Now I'll just sit over here and cry with my iPhone and its extremely limited (and outdated) field test mode T_T
Sounds like your Nexus 6 might be switching between Band 12 LTE and Band 4 LTE. Band 4 is faster than Band 12. The OnePlus One only works with Band 4 LTE on T-Mobile. Download this app to check what LTE band each phone connects to. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en If your Nexus 6 is connected to Band 4 and your speeds are still slow, the tower you're connected to might be congested, or you're being temporarily de-prioritized as the tower is congested and your speeds will return to normal when the congestion is alleviated.
Verizon makes a lot of money on overages. They have no incentive to throttle you for that.
Speeds are much more likely to be related to congestion at your tower. Post your results from speedtest.net and we might be able to confirm that. Also use an app like LTE Discovery to show us what band you are connected to.
LTE Discovery should do this for you.
XLTE is Band 4, but I believe LTE Discovery actually calls it out as XLTE, as well.
> They are as dependent on T-Mobile as Ting is.
For unsupported phones, GoogleFi provides T-Mobile. But for phones with their special firmware (such as Pixel phones, some Motorola phones, and some Samsung phones) then they use T-Mobile, Sprint (until it's finally shut down), US-Cellular and also roaming partners in some areas. People have shown logs from LTE Discovery that show their phone, on the Fi network, was using Verizon towers via roaming.
LG G5 is 3 years old so it definitely doesn't have Band 71, T-mobile started using this new band about a year ago.
This website will help you find out what bands does your phone model supports https://www.frequencycheck.com/models/Ar57m/lg-g5-h830-lte-a And this app will show you what bands are your phone currently using: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
That's strange. We know the map is exaggerated but not that much. If OnePlus advertises B71 the phone must has passed all required certifications for B71.
When you get to some spot where you do have coverage check what band the phone uses (for example with LTE discovery app). B71 should in general be the first to appear.
> LTE Discovery
The app needs an update to fix this misidentification, since it has not been updated since May 2017.
I imported a Mi A1 (Global version) and can report it works fine on 2degrees. I'm in a rural small town, but there's a 2degrees tower nearby and 4G signal is no problem.
I found it really hard to get a conclusive answer to "which LTE bands does the phone support?" before I ordered it - the specs listed vary depending on which source you look at. Xiaomi's own website isn't very helpful on this point.
Having got the phone, nothing in the packaging or on the phone itself enlightens me as to which bands it supports either.
As best I can tell, NZ's major carrier's LTE bands are:
Spark: 3 (1800 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 28 (700 MHz), 40 (2300 MHz)
Vodafone: 3 (1800 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 28 (700 MHz)
2degrees: 3 (1800 MHz), 28 (700 MHz)
Xiaomi's site suggests that it doesn't support band 28, but qualifies it by saying that bands vary by region, so check your specific device (how?)
Some other sites eg www.frequencycheck.com, claim the global version does support all of these bands.
tl;dr I took a punt on the Mi A1 and it works for me on 2degrees.
Edit: I have shit for brains - the small print with the phone's packaging says it supports LTE bands 1/3/7/8/20/38/40. The LTE Discovery app tells me I'm currently using band 3.
Just because you increase the signal strength doesn't mean you'll get a better speed.
There are a lot of factors that come into play with signal strength, towers and distance.
Your Tower: Might Support all LTE bands along with CA (25, 26, 41). Might have a fiber or Microwave backhaul.
His Tower: Might only support (25, 26). With a much slower backhaul.
Terrain: Your dad's signal could be passing through multiple objects (tress, buildings etc..) which can slow down the speeds quite a bit. While your signal could be more of a "line-of-sight".
His phone could be connecting to Band 26 which is to fill gaps with LTE for lot for actual fast data usage. You can check the Band on the phones using this app and report back.
I'n not sure about those phones but I think the Note 5 doesn't support one of the Sprint LTE bands (26 (Better Range) or 41 (Better Speed)) but I could be wrong.
~~Technically, it will. Depends if your area has band 12 or not.~~ Band 12 NOT supported on Verizon phone.
T-Mobile uses bands: 2, 4, 12 (1900, 1700 def, 700 a)
Verizon uses: 2, 4, 13 (1900, 1700 f, 700 c)
Note 4, Verizon band support: LTE bands 4, and 13.
So, your phone will pick up an LTE signal in areas with band 4. The way to tell that is by using the LTE Discovery tool.
Otherwise, your phone will either pick up HSPA or 2G speeds only.
You can check in the following ways, depending on your device:
I don't have an Android device, but a lot of people seem to like this app, LTE Discovery:
It will tell you what band you're on and even tells you if carrier aggregation is enabled.
It could be the tower/band you were on was down - sometimes T-Mobile does upgrades or has unexpected outages. Next time this happens (and I hope it doesn't) see if any neighbors that have T-Mobile proper have the same issue. Or get an app like LTE Discovery that lest you see bands available, or even get QuickShortcutMaker to change bands.
He means how many dBm is the signal strength. Signal bars are known to be unreliable on showing actual signal strength. You can download a number of apps to display the numerical signal strength. My favorite is LTE Discovery: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&amp;hl=en_US
App that lets you see the LTE bands in your location.
As others have commented, it may be that coverage in your area is on 66/71 - and your phone may not support those bands.
allows you to check what bands are running - but only if your phone supports those bands.
If you know the model number of your phone, you can go to frequencycheck.com, put in your phone details and find out what bands it supports.
Not pure eli5...
If you have Android, this may help:
Closer to zero is better. -100 dBm is a strong enough LTE signal, -112 dBm is usually a crap signal like you described.
If you have like -98 dBm and it still sucks, your cell tower is probably overloaded.
You might be living or commuting in that one section of your city that has shitty LTE coverage.
I would recommend downloading an app called LTE Discovery and running that while you are in a problematic area and see if you pick up any LTE bands.
Play store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en
I have Orange in Poland and I get 4G LTE just fine wherever I go in Warsaw EXCEPT in my house and then it just drops to 3G for some reason on my original Mi Mix.
It's called LTE Discovery; very useful, I've been using it since a few years ago myself as well, on several different phones.
But for what it is worth, don't confuse replication with scientific validity of the overall argument. As per my [detailed response elsewhere in this thread](/r/CricketWireless/comments/8fej1y/psa_cricket_service_is_different_than_atts/dy4oows/), the premises simply do not support the conclusion, as there is a much better explanation for the observations.
There's an app called LTE Discovery in Play Store. It shows a TON of details about your connection. Band is one of those details.
I don't think you'll find many Chinaphones with band 17 (700Mhz).
I would stay away from Doogee, Ulefone and other small brands. They're known to lie about specs and even bundle adware and malware (trojans) in their phones. The most reliable Chinaphone band is Xiaomi, and I highly recommend getting a Xiaomi phone.
Xiaomi phones like the Redmi Note 4 (Global version, Snapdragon 625) have 4000mAh batteries. The Xiaomi Mi A1 runs stock Android and gets updated frequently. But most Xiaomi phones lack LTE band 2 (1900Mhz) and rarely if ever have band 17. They do come with band 4 and and band 5 for LTE, though.
If you want to find out which band your phone is connected to on LTE, use an app like this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en
When you submit this to Essential, you should include your network info from your area. You could use an app like LTE Discovery to do it:
I think this is worthwhile because in my area I have absolutely no t-mobile issues at all, so I'm thinking it's certain network segments.
Have a Pixel XL too.
Post your LTE band, dBm over a few minutes walking around your house/outside. Looking to see if it significantly changes it changes.
This will help narrow down if it's something provisioning wise or service.
Kui mingi Androidiga telefon juba olemas, saab proovida sellist appi nagu LTE Discovery. See näitab ära mis sagedust telefon kasutab.
Wow...could this be the Band 4 issue rearing it's ugly head again on AT&T?
OP, download LTE Discovery and see what band you're on when LTE drops out.
I had to return my Pixel XL back in early January because the phone would keep dropping from LTE to no signal. The Band 4 issue at first seemed to only affect Verizon users, but eventually it started showing up on AT&T as well.
For me, it would go like this...I'd have a good LTE signal and suddenly, it would drop signal completely. After about 10 seconds, it would reconnect to LTE and 30-40 seconds later, it would drop out completely again...over and over and over. After realizing that I was on Band 4 in my area most of the time, the phone became useless to me. It would've been passable if it would've just dropped to 3G, but obviously with no signal at all, the phone wouldn't work for anything.
I'd actually been contemplating giving the Pixel another go since everything I've read over the last few months seemed to indicate the Band 4 issue was fixed. But your post is giving me pause. I'm really interested to see what band you're on most of the time when this happens.
I don't see it in Sensorly either. I did find it in LTE Discovery though. I'm not sure if it requires the pro upgrade though since I had purchased it before.
I've had this problem pop up a couple of times on my Sprint device. I also notice a drop in battery life which I assume is from the use of 3G versus LTE. To resolve my issue I've been using an app called LTE Discovery (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en).
I open the app and click the Start button on the Discover tab and it appears to cycle the radio and refresh all available signals. It takes only a moment and from that point forward my phone receives LTE again. Try it out and see if it works for you.
LTE Discovery could be what you're looking for. I have the paid version and it has the functionality of displaying a constant icon showing what band you are connected on. Play Store Link
100% accurate way is through an engineering menu. However, I don't believe the Moto X Pure has one, so you can estimate using LTE Discovery or Signalcheck (Pro version available).
Would the SignalCheck App and LTE Discovery App provide this info?
Can others who use those apps confirm?
EDIT: rephrased for clarity
Is there an app(or some sort of service mode) that tells you detailed information about your cellular reception, like LTE Discovery or SignalCheck Pro for Android?
OK, it's not an LTE congestion issue. 1. Try to route the data over VPN. 2. See what SNR you get on LTE connection. If it's always around or below zero that may explain poor data rates.
Do several speed tests and calculate average. Better not to run the tests at the same time as the phones will be competing for the shared bandwidth but rather run tests one by one.
Also compare signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) on two phones for example using this app. If it is approximately the same, signal strength does not matter, you can stop worrying about it.
And finally, maybe your S3 antenna is in fact not as good as antennas in other phones. Your phone is 3 years older. It's possible antenna technology was improved.
It's unlikely "something is blocking" but rather something is interfering. You can have powerful signal but if something else is broadcasting on the same frequency it will ruin the downlink signal. If you have access to an Android phone you can run LTE Discovery app that shows signal to noise ratio (SNR). It goes from -10 (unusable signal) to +30 (perfect signal). If you find SNR below zero across several blocks around your house file a technical ticket providing as much details as possible, like exact addresses of a few low SNR measurements.
And while you at it ask them for a screenshot of tower locations in your area like they provided to this redditor so you can verify if "something is blocking."
It's been a while since I've used Android but I found this app.
Not sure if there is a way without downloading an app but perhaps others have suggestions.
C'è un'app android che si chiama lte discovery che ti fornisce dati sulla potenza del segnale e su quale canale riceve meglio.
Facendo una buona analisi e con alcune sim di diversi operatori potresti trovare un punto dove prende meglio.
Poi potresti comprare degli amplificatori di segnale che prendono il segnale nel punto che pensi sia migliore e lo portano dentro casa. Costo dai 100 ai 500 euro.
Non fa miracoli ma con una buona progettazzione si ottengono dei miglioramenti.
Likely you are picking up a different tower/band at first and then switching over to a different one that doesn't perform as well.
Use something like LTE Discovery (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery) to see signal strength and band/tower info.
It could also relate to cell tower loading, as cell sizes can shrink/grow some based on conditions (at least CDMA worked that way, and LTE is based on similar technology), so you might be at the edge of signal strength area.
I know that in my office, I sometimes end on a crappy tower/band that basically has no internet. A quick airplane mode to pick up a better one and I'm good to go.
What do you mean "One gives me LTE for about twenty seconds and it quits. " Does it stay connected with no internet, or does it completely drop it? Also nobody else asked so I am, have you absolutely made sure that you have high speed int. roaming data? Also the one that has LTE and drops what is the MCC/MNC code (a 6 digit number) or Operator Name of it, and the same for the EDGE network that your using? Are you also sure that the LTE problems aren't signal related? I would (if possible) download LTE Discovery it has the MCC/MNC codes, operator names. I know this maybe a mute question, but are you sure that you have VoLTE enabled?
Is your phone relatively new? By new I mean was your phone released by the manufacturer for purchase in the last 5 years or so. I'm wandering if your having a band problem, and are using a secondary LTE band.
(I guess I'm also assuming you're using LTE, if your using 3G or 2G that might be what's wrong)
If you have an Android phone, have you checked out LTE Discovery?
I'm interested in what LTE band you're using and what bands the neighboring cells are using. I know LTE Discovery provides that information but I don't know what the IOS equivalent is.
I am just wondering. What band you are using anyway?
You can find that out with this app hopefully: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en_US&gl=US
Try using this app. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
This will tell you which band is connected and you can also reset it so it will pick the closest band/tower near you. You don't need root.
Interesting. I wonder if T-Mobile/Sprint have done any recent network changes around your area. Can you see what frequency bands the phones are connected to? On Android, you can use an app like LTE Discovery to check.
people believe that I am interested in sex all day or that I am a creepy person. when I look at my Boost Mobile smartphone I am looking at the LTE discover app. :P https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en_US I just want to see what band the phone is connected to. I'm not looking at anything salacious.
I'm not like other kids in grade school who look at naked women on their smartphones or tablets.
and nothing thing - what is wrong with me wearing a low cut top or a skirt?? Skirts are more comfortable. I wear a low cut top because my collar bone itches after and the neck area is red after surgery. its easier for me to wear a low cut blouse than to wear a bandaid.
if you have Android device you can use an app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en_US
The old extenders were 3g only, they did suck. WiFi calling need good WiFi and it is sounding like that might be an issue as well.
Like the other poster it sounds like you are in the null III 3 antennas, III antennas, III antennas in a circle, the space between the 2 is a null or where you are losing signal.
If you are on Android, try one of these two apps to see what is happening. Also toggle airplane mode a few times and see what happens. Also, try changing network setting from Global to CDMA/LTE to LTE/GSM/UTMS and see what happens. If prepaid there is little recourse and Verizon doesn't care unless it affects post-paid customers sadly. A friend of mine had the same problem and moved to Sprint because he had to stand outside (test here also) to make and receive calls. Sprint solved the problem. Me I've been spending time in a location where I have no signal/no data and the WiFi sucks, the doctors even have to go into the hall to make calls on Verizon. I may be on another carrier this afternoon
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
If an iPhone, you'll have to go into field test mode. Good Luck
It sounds like it could be that the baseband for the cellular radio that comes with the ROM version you have is generic and may not cover all of the cellular bands. I know you said you don't have gapps, but there is an app in the play store, might be available on fdroid or elsewhere, called lte discovery, it can tell you which bands/frequencies your phone is/can connect to: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en_US
I'd also like to know what Android app people on this sub recommend. I just found this app LTE Discovery but want to know is there's a better one.
Not really sure with Motorola. Some people online have recommended the following 2 apps.
If you're on android you can download:
it'll tell your current band and strength. At least you'll be able to see if you're constantly switching bands.
On the other hand there could just be a broken antenna on the tower. Two calls to AT&T and they said everything was fine and even blaming my data usage as the reason for the slow down (had to explain deprioritization to them and that my phone was only at a few hundred MB). Luckily an AT&T engineer here reached out to me and found out that an osprey made a nest on the tower and they can't repair it until it migrates.
First, make sure you have the latest TWRP, I've been switching different rom these a few days but haven't had any problem with the network and GPS. Just dirty flash LOS again after upgraded to latest TWRP.
Second, try to use LTE Discovery to diagnose and reset your network https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
Third will be, as stated flash Oxygen OS, because Oxygen OS radio might be different from yours, so it's your last resort.
OOS radio version is 00013, while CM13.1 is 00241, my bacon is on Oxygen OS radio, fyi.
You can use LTE Discovery to tell exactly what's going on (like switching towers/bands to something slower). It will also give you the signal quality in actual dBm instead of bars which are useless since every device sets its own standards for those.
because those apps are probably not updated yet to include LTE 66 as part of their library.
If you are using Apps like these https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
They are outdated.
Oh ,. Are you sure that your device is not the Sprint locked version,
I am from Andhra Pradesh, the Airtel here is on GSM900 and 1800 for 2G, and same with IDEA ,. And LTE is on band 3 . I noticed JIO is on LTE band 40 , this band 40 is not yet working on Essential phone ..
You can install the above app on your existing mobile and check which band the carrier in your state is using .
It isn't handicapped. What monkeyhandler is saying is the vzw Note 5 doesn't support all carrier-specific frequencies. I use it with T-Mobile without much issues. Band 12 support is nice but not supported nor a prerequisite. Try using this app to see what frequencies you are currently using.
FIRST: silly question - you rebooted the phone at all...
Call 611 and put a service call ticket in for SMS not working at this site - might be an issue with the LTE part of that site.
Suggest using an app like this
To Report any info on the specific site.
Yeah, I mistyped that. I meant that I'm USING IT on T-Mobile's network.
Restarting did not make it work. But I found out after posting that question that I actually AM using LTE despite the phone only displaying 4G. This app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery) confirmed it for me.
I just watched the video, and my SIM card already appears to have been activated since I'd just taken it from my last phone on T-Mobile's network, so I don't really need to call T-Mobile. I changed the one setting to IPV4/6, but that was about it from the video.
Thanks so much!!
I would assume. Not sure about murrysville though. If you have a good connect to band 4 then that's what you'll be on. There is an app called LTE Discovery. You can use it to see what band you are connected to.
The app LTE discovery will tell you which bands are in your current location. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en
I don't know of any map site that shows the bands in the area though they may exist somewhere.
edit: Uh, found software that gives exact details of every LTE band. . .for $5,000. http://www.allnetinsights.com/products/copy-of-spectrum-ownership-analysis-tool-grid-and-carrier-summaries
What network type and band are you connected to? Or is it not connected to a data network at all? You can use an app like LTE Discovery to check this.
Are you still having the problem? If so, maybe try going to the dialer and typing
Go to "Phone Info" and see what it says for "Set preferred network type"?
The other thing that helps me with network issues is the app LTE Discovery.
Do you need to be rooted for this? I thought this functionality broke when Google disallowed apps toggling airplane mode in Lollipop+.
> Google has added restrictions in Android Lollipop, including blocking apps from changing the network or toggling airplane mode. So, there is limited functionality in the Discover tools without root.
Cool, thanks. Possibly this might help. I'm really interested to pin this down, as I've yet to find any concrete information. LTE support in the U.S would be a huge deal....
The other thing is a lot of those bands listed on there website aren't used by any Chinese carrier, so there's no real reason to support them. This post on the MIUI forum also lists different bands...
Download LTE Discovery from the Play Store and periodically check it throughout the day to see which bands you're actually using. Install it and go on a few errands around town.
Turns out I use band 17 most of the time. The OPX may not be the best for me, but the form factor is making me want to buy it anyway to really test it out. I'll have 15 days to return it if I'm not happy with on-the-go performance.
Some bootstrap issue is my guess. I had same issue. Use this for a while and it may mysteriously start working again. It did for me anyway. I would let it cycle all night while it was charging. Took several days. I was about to give up on it when all of a sudden, 4GLTE pops up. Don't ask me to explain it.
Have you tried apps like LTE Discovery?
Anyway, regardless of what band you have now, as Verizon continues XLTE deployment, you may end up with a different band performing better for you a few months after your installation.
Por ahora, aca no se usa 4G para hablar, en el momento que te entra una llamada el telefono se pasa a 3G/2G para hablar (recibe en LTE la notificacion de una llamada), con lo que puede pasar que ni siquiera te entra la llamada si no tenes o esta saturada la banda GSM. Instalate LTE Discovery si tenes android, esta muy bueno para ver el handoff y forzar LTE si el telefono le da preferencia al 3G donde estas.
Edit: Igual si hablas poco y te importa mas tener data (mi caso), recontra garpa tener 4G hoy que todavia hay pocos usuarios.
The top left corner portion of the info says what band you are currently connected to. - 60 dbm is awesome signal strength and - 120 dbm is horrible. T-mobile is building out 700mhz band 12, and I was curious how prevalent it was now. Unfortunately the nexus 5 does not support band 12. Thanks for offering though.
Good suggestion - I've been using this one in the past https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en
It's cool to hear both EVDO and HSPA are supported; though I imagine HSPA will be faster most of the time
I'm assuming this is the app?
First of all you need to know what bands your desired operator operates. I contacted customer service to get that information with my mobile provider, but often they have no idea what you are talking about or they don't give all details. So the best possible solution is find it by yourself.
I installed this app and walked around couple of days to discover what bands are supported:
I found that my carrier uses LTE BAND 4 heavily, so I looked for a modem that supports this band for LTE.
I encountered to this model of Huawei.
So far it is working very well. I have good upload and download speeds. I'm using it with USMobile. It gives you ability to dynamically allocate internet and sms, quotas.
I would recommend this guy:
However since you are going to use 4G with laptop, there are other options as well. Some business laptops have sim card slots, Lenovo T4XX series and some business dells, in that case you can actually buy a 4G modem module to plug inside your laptop. Here is an example:
but careful with this ones as well, the bands are tricky. You cannot use these if your laptop does not have a sim slot.
When you are Rooted you can use LTE Discovery
LTE Discovery will tell you.
Try LTE Discovery. No need for root.
Did some quickie research for ya.
Don't buy through Verizon, as they appear to have encrypted the pixel's bootloader (makes it impossible or extraordinarily difficult to root)
GSMarena reports 3 versions of the phone:
They all appear to use the same chipset (Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821) and GPS capabilities (A-GPS, GLONASS)
OTOH, Wikipedia does report connectivity differences between the North America and Global versions of the Pixel. You should check out what LTE bands your cellular carrier uses, and make sure that your device supports those bands off the shelf.
On this thread, it appears that people have been having trouble connecting to wifi in china due to the Pixel's default DNS settings (tl;dr Pixel doesn't think that it has WiFi bc it can't ping Google). It smells like that's fixable at the software level.
According to this thread, it looks like Pixels have the right hardware capabilities (support for LTE&CDMA bands) to connect to LTE in China, but given the fact that people still can't seem to access LTE networks, you may need to play around with RAT/band locking to connect to LTE networks.
Steps to do that:
On Android phones, use the "LTE Discovery" app. It will tell you what band you're connected to. You can also restart the radio, and it will search for the strongest LTE band in your location, and connect you to that.
If you keep track of what bands the app says you're connected to (maybe by screenshot), you'll have a good idea after a few weeks of what bands are used in your area, including Band 30.
Their engineers also hang out Reddit -- /u/danialgoodwin and /u/Omega142
You can try LTE Discovery.
Can you tell us what band you are on at the same location using this app...
I've used LTE Discovery for this before and it worked well, if you didn't already find one.
If you're at all interested in seeing why your friend is only getting 8mbps, there are apps (android) or perhaps service menus built into the phone (accessed from native stock dialer) that will tell you what band(s) the phone is connecting on and how wide the chunk of spectrum is that's in use.
Not even verizon has access to the same chunks of spectrum across the US.
LTE Discovery - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
CellID Info - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.its_here.cellidinfo
CellMapper has some limited cellid info, but is mainly nice for hunting down what tower you're connected to, if your area isn't already well mapped just go for a drive.
CellMapper - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cellmapper.net.cellmapper
I use LTE discovery (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery).
Sorry, I got the name wrong, it's LTE Discovery: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en
Yeah, I guess that doesn't give you location info. I personally use LTE discovery
If you use an android phone, this may be worth taking a look at.
This also helps massively.
Yup, use an app called LTE Discovery: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
There is a app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en
Dos representantes de servicio al cliente del teléfono, y entonces usé una aplicación en el nexus 6p de mi novia que confirma las bandas que usan aquí(ella tiene tmo) y solo tenía banda 2 y 4. Busqué online y Puerto Rico no está entre los lugares que tmobile ha anunciado banda 12. Ellos le llaman extended range lte. Cuando llegue mi sim veré side by side a ver si tengo la misma señal que el 6p en mi iPhone. Estoy en san juan así que si en algun lado hubiera banda 12 sería aquí.
El app de android que muestra las bandas a las cual esta conectado tu celular es LTE Discovery. Y en adicion a esto tambien busque en el mapa de cobertura de T-Mobile y tienen un toggle de extended range lte y regular y no hay cambio alguno en el mapa de cobertura de PR.
Aqui le saque un screenshot a la pagina de cobertura de t-mobile sobre Mayaguez para hacerte la vida mas facil. Lo mismo pasa en San Juan y el resto de PR. No hay cambio alguno. No hay banda 12 todavía.
Mapa que muestra cobertura con LTE Extended Range
Mapa que muestra cobertura sin LTE Extended Range
You can use this app
Try LTE Discovery. Much easier to see which band you're on and much besides: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
LTE Discovery on the play store
The name of the app is LTE Discovery.
This one is in active development AFAIK. They regularly push out updates for devices and carriers. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery&hl=en
Just install LTE Discovery and post a screenshot of the Signals page.
May be this will work: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
here is the app:
spooky try this App
A comment on other comments ITT:
I've been unable to find a FOSS solution. Termux appears to be of no help.
I don't think "cellmapper" is an app. Rather cellmapper.net can be useful to see what bands are on what towers in an area. I think I tried an app that fed information to this site but it did not give real-time information to the user, as I recall.
gsmarena.com (and other sites like it) is useful to see what bands your phone is capable of using, But if you don't have AT&T for example, your phone may never use LTE band 3.
Any of the network test apps on the play store should work. This one showed me what network I had.https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
Maybe you can use LTE Discovery
Let me know what you come up with. Here's the app I used and it was great. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
Try LTE Discovery: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
SignalCheck Lite: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blueline.signalchecklite
Are you not getting any mobile data or just not LTE?
This so might help
This app will tell you everything.
Have you tried LTE Discovery? It can automatically reset your phone to LTE if it drops off it.
Check out this app which will inform you if you're connected to a high-speed cell tower and has a tool to restart the cell radio.
Band 4 LTE should be fine, provided the signal strength is above -90 dB (a stronger signal is expressed in a decibel value that is closer to zero). If Band 12 LTE is available in your area, that will provide superior speed.
If you're on band 4 LTE with a signal between -90 to -80 dB, your speeds should be fine, and I would verify the APN Settings again with a different store employee, because their knowledge is hit-or-miss.
There is no way to force a connection to band 12 LTE or a different cell tower with the above app, but you can code your own mini-app using the simple Automate app-maker, or the more advanced but complicated Tasker.
> ...a way to see what bands are being used or something like that?
make sure you are on 6.0.1
This app should help you
It enabled it for my 5X, at least. You can check what band you're on with the LTE Discovery app.
It says right on the top of the screenshot: LTE Discovery
Try LTE Discovery.
I was having issues with 4g radios because of a bootstack issue when going between Roms. I had some success with https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
I use an app called LTE Discovery. The radio in the Note supports band 12, IIRC.
Install LTE discovery: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
It should be able to tell you.
I'm using T-Mobile. This is what I did for my OPO and ZF2.
T-Mobile might be a no go for your area. I get around 25-40Mb down consistently with the ZF2. T-Mobile uses band 4 in my area per the app LTE Discovery.
MetroPCS AFAIK at least in my area used to use Sprint's network like Virgin Mobile.
Here's my speedtest on T-Mobile now on my Zenfone 2.
Is there an app to show you what LTE band you're on, similar to LTE Discovery for Android?
not sure but someone said to try this app:
You can use this app on android
If you ask your brother to install this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.simplyadvanced.ltediscovery
Take a look and see what LTE band he is on. If it's LTE band 12, then it's because your phone can't connect at the same frequency that his can. Band 12 is in the 700mhz range and will generally have better building penetration and range.