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  1. Kevin Tang's Avatar
    i have to agree. My last phone was a motorola droid razr, in my condo i usually get 4-5 bars (so its not a maxed coverage area), but with the samsung im getting 2 bars on most days...
    05-18-2013 03:45 PM
  2. jneusch's Avatar
    I have had my S4 for a couple weeks now and I am pleased to report that that radio on the AT&T version is very good. It compares to the Note2 and is better than the iPhone 5. I was with a coworker the other day, driving through a rural area. He has an iPhone 5. I carried on a conversation while he had no signal.


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    05-18-2013 06:24 PM
  3. fantom305's Avatar
    Galaxy s4 has very poor signal strength
    I think this is very unfair to say this about the S4........... I don't think is the phone ...instead is the service provider and the place where you live .......... personally I found that my S4 signal is better than my S3 and my HTC one S........... the S4 reception can only compare to my BlackBerry that I had several years ago .............
    05-18-2013 07:53 PM
  4. planoman's Avatar
    I have had my S4 for a couple weeks now and I am pleased to report that that radio on the AT&T version is very good. It compares to the Note2 and is better than the iPhone 5. I was with a coworker the other day, driving through a rural area. He has an iPhone 5. I carried on a conversation while he had no signal.


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    +1 on the att version. Strong signals in lte and wifi.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337
    05-19-2013 10:47 AM
  5. jroc's Avatar
    *The GS4 isnt on the lists yet*

    20 highest-radiation cell phones (United States) - CNET Reviews

    20 lowest-radiation cell phones (United States) - CNET Reviews

    You can click on different manufactures on the left. For GS3 models you have to click on the left. I will post a link here anyway for GS3 models: (scroll down for the GS3 models)

    Cell phone radiation levels - CNET Reviews

    The highest and lowest ranking and specific models are from Oct 2012....but I wanted to post this as a reference. All things being equal...the higher the SAR level....the better the reception in weaker areas. Notice which phones dominate the highest and lowest rankings..... This might be a case of it is what it is.

    **Doing some searching I found some SAR levels for the GS4**

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Radiation Level Revealed
    05-19-2013 11:02 AM
  6. mahkeu's Avatar
    take the LTE off, your signal will get better, at least from my experience
    05-21-2013 02:36 PM
  7. jeffjr82's Avatar
    I have the s3 and the signal strength is the worst I've ever had. I do most of my work in and around Dallas, GA. and most days I can't even use my phone until I get home. I never had this problem with my razr maxx, definitely going back to motorola since samsung worries more about other features instead of making it function as a phone first.
    05-22-2013 10:57 AM
  8. taz589's Avatar
    i have no problem with signal strength. in fact the strength is way better than my old phone. i used to own a htc.
    05-22-2013 12:57 PM
  9. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    I will say that the signal strength for me has been very good. Unlike those who wouldn't admit that past Samsung devices had poor radio compared to the competition, the S4 is much improved. At work, in areas where the S3 struggle to keep a data signal and the iPhone had no issues, I consistently have a couple bars of LTE with the S4.
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    05-22-2013 02:02 PM
  10. jroc's Avatar
    I think with some manufactures its more of a roll of the dice about reception vs the competition. Like it may take a person to go thru 5 phones to get one with decent reception vs just 1 or 2 with another OEM. Or like some are posting newer models are better than the older ones. I plan on getting a GS4 and HTC One when I get a chance for some real comparisons with my current phone. The good and bad thing for me is I live n work in a bad reception area....so I can see real quick if there are reception issues with any phone.
    05-22-2013 06:57 PM
  11. Distrack's Avatar
    just got mine today and the S4 is as good if not better than the S3. (For me, where I live, with my carrier)
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    05-22-2013 07:35 PM
  12. felloffthetruck's Avatar
    Got the Verizon edition in today and the signal strength is just fine. We live out in the middle of the woods and have 1-2 bars of 3G on the iPhone 5 and Note 2. The new S4 has the same 1-2 bars of 3G out here and that's great.
    05-22-2013 07:39 PM
  13. jneusch's Avatar
    I have the s3 and the signal strength is the worst I've ever had. I do most of my work in and around Dallas, GA. and most days I can't even use my phone until I get home. I never had this problem with my razr maxx, definitely going back to motorola since samsung worries more about other features instead of making it function as a phone first.
    My S3 was bad as well. The S4 is much improved.

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    05-22-2013 10:08 PM
  14. roberts68's Avatar
    My TMobile is better than my old s2

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    05-22-2013 10:22 PM
  15. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    How about with the Verizon S4?
    06-01-2013 10:16 AM
  16. brpost's Avatar
    About 2 days in with my new S4, and it's signal strength is better than my Droid Charge. There's a spot in my house I'd drop calls about a third of the time with the Charge, but I've had no such issue with the S4 so far. I've been pleased with it's clarity and strength. (Verizon)
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    06-01-2013 11:24 AM
  17. JenTDOT's Avatar
    These answers are going to be so varied...I am using Telus in Toronto. With my S4 I only got 2 bars at home. Just switched to the Note 2 and I get 4 bars consistently at home. But the strength didn't affect call quality on the S4 and I didn't have any dropped calls or bad connections.
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    06-01-2013 11:25 AM
  18. PaulWog's Avatar
    I would certainly like to know, thanks.

    You also may want to concider a microcell from AT&T for your house. Sprint gives them out for free in poor signal areas, AT&T, which I'm switching to, said they would do the same if I had signal issues.
    Seems microcells are unknown or not admitted to exist by Telus in Canada.

    The signal strength is identical between the two S4's. Very bad signal strength in my area. Side-by-side an iPhone 4S and a blackberry bold (an old cheap one), the S4 comes out losing every time. I did a few tests. That's at least testing on Telus in White Rock, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, and Vancouver in British Columbia. Haven't really gone out of my way to visit somewhere further away to see.

    My next order of business is trying to get my area to have a signal. Telus claims we have a maxed bar signal in our neighbourhood and that our house should be covered extremely well. Definitely not...
    06-02-2013 09:18 PM
  19. wjeffries's Avatar
    I've been using my S4 for about a week now on Verizon. I find the signal strength about the same as my Droid Bionic and close to my wife's Razr Maxx. I've used the phone at home, work and at our cabin in the mountains. 4G LTE signal in all locations, although it is weaker at the cabin due to lack of towers nearby and at work where we have always had a weak 3g and 4g signal. I've very happy with the signal strength.
    06-02-2013 11:43 PM
  20. stephenstud's Avatar
    I went from a 4S to the S4, and the signal is horrible compared the 4S. I love the bigger screen, but I kinda miss my iphone.
    06-04-2013 03:08 PM
  21. OhAlfie's Avatar
    I get amble signal strength with my ATT S4. It's equal to or better than the signals I got with all my previous iPhones.
    06-04-2013 03:12 PM
  22. xyrium's Avatar
    Not entirely. Perhaps he is like me, and with three phones in one location, the S4 is worse than the other two. One is an HTC Incredible, the other is an iphone, I believe v4. So, I support the assertion that the S4 has poor reception. I can't even text message in places where I was previously able to maintain a phone call with my Incredible. I think I have one more week for my trial on this phoen with Verizon in NJ, so I'll probably exchange it. I wish Verizon carried the HTC DNA in my area...
    06-05-2013 11:06 AM
  23. Judy Nelluvelil's Avatar
    I have had t mobile for years without issues but the day I switched to the s4, I experienced dropped calls. I also barely get signal in places I always could before. Very dissatisfied
    06-11-2013 10:01 PM
  24. PaulWog's Avatar
    I have had t mobile for years without issues but the day I switched to the s4, I experienced dropped calls. I also barely get signal in places I always could before. Very dissatisfied
    Couldn't agree more.

    A phone first and foremost needs to function as a phone. Signal strength ties a few other features as a #1 feature that must be excellent in a phone. When a phone fails on these basic things, it ends up being a failure from the ground up...
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    06-12-2013 05:16 AM
  25. jroc's Avatar
    I have had t mobile for years without issues but the day I switched to the s4, I experienced dropped calls. I also barely get signal in places I always could before. Very dissatisfied
    Couldn't agree more.

    A phone first and foremost needs to function as a phone. Signal strength ties a few other features as a #1 feature that must be excellent in a phone. When a phone fails on these basic things, it ends up being a failure from the ground up...
    I agree 100% PaulWog. In defense of the GS4....I would say try 1 or 2 more....if it still has issues....and you didnt before getting the GS4....it is what it is....

    Every phone, tablet, OS, ect has pros n cons. Every device manufacture has pros n cons.
    06-13-2013 07:00 PM
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