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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by buffdaddy72 View Post
    Well as much as I think Sensorly is a great app, I much prefer hearing from people or "boots on the ground" on this topic. As we've all seen on Sensorly it seems most of the major roads and expressways are pumping out LTE, while the side streets in neighnorhoods are kind of a toss up whether it actually has LTE or not.

    I've seen this first hand while driving through the near west 'burbs, the North side of Chicago and eastern Dupage. Once you get on the sidestreets, Sensorly says it's lit up with LTE and it's just not the case a majority of the time.
    You're saying that you're not getting LTE in places where the Sensorly map shows that it's available? Well, you have to remember, each device has its own rules for what signal strength to connect to 4G or 3G. Plus, towers could be turned on or off for testing or maintenance, so until Chicago is officially launched, the areas with available LTE may fluctuate. Then there's the fact that side streets tend to have more trees, houses, and other obstructions than major roads.

    Really, for all intents and purposes, Sensorly is the "boots on the ground" source you want. It's completely crowd sourced. If Sensorly shows LTE signal somewhere, that means that someone using Sensorly has had an LTE signal at that location. There are lots of reasons you may not personally connect to LTE when you get there, but that doesn't mean the area isn't covered or won't be covered in the near future.
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    Thank u like I said it gets the data from REAL WORLD USERS who have lte and my house is on a side street by a lot of trees but my sis s3 and lil bro ip5 gets lte just fine

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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by buffdaddy72 View Post
    Well as much as I think Sensorly is a great app, I much prefer hearing from people or "boots on the ground" on this topic. As we've all seen on Sensorly it seems most of the major roads and expressways are pumping out LTE, while the side streets in neighnorhoods are kind of a toss up whether it actually has LTE or not.

    I've seen this first hand while driving through the near west 'burbs, the North side of Chicago and eastern Dupage. Once you get on the sidestreets, Sensorly says it's lit up with LTE and it's just not the case a majority of the time.
    I agree with you on this, but at the same time I really believe many of the users that are providing the Sensorly app information are also using either the HTC EVO 4G LTE Or the SGSIII which both seem to have far superior radio reception when compared to the GNex or other LTE supporting devices.

    In my neighborhood, my wife gets LTE at home no problem. I have to walk/drive about 3 or 4 blocks towards the main street outside our subdivision to catch LTE on my Sprint GNex. So its basically telling us that those doing most of the mapping are using those devices.

    Eventually I feel it will fill in better over time as they finish the upgrade and get things fine tuned. We will still have some dead zones but they should be limited.
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    Well I only tried Sensorly once before I uninstalled it. I understand that it is data sent in by users, and all I'm saying is it's not accurate for my area. It shows LTE where I'm not receiving it (EVO LTE) and doesn't show coverage where I am receiving it.
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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    I'm sorry but look what phone u have lol I'm so tired of seeing the multiple threads about the lte radio on the evo lte my sis can get lte on her s3 that my lil bro and his ip5 can't

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellimel22 View Post
    I'm sorry but look what phone u have lol I'm so tired of seeing the multiple threads about the lte radio on the evo lte my sis can get lte on her s3 that my lil bro and his ip5 can't

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    I'm sorry that you don't understand English. I DO get LTE on my phone, in Evanston, just not where your map shows it's available. I'm not attacking you or your love for Sensorly, just stating facts from a real "boots on the ground" person. Do you get it now?
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    It is possible that the areas showing LTE on the Sensorly map than your not seeing in person when on the ground is possible "test" areas. We know Sprint said it was around 50% or so finished when they went official back a few weeks ago. It wouldn't surprise me if some areas that are listed as having LTE could have been caught during test phases of newly upgraded towers that will be going live very soon. We had this all over down in the Plainfield area for a good month or so, one day you would grab LTE in a certain spot and return the next day and have no sign of LTE anywhere.

    Otherwise were all waiting patently for all of Chicagoland area and the burbs to receive its fully finished LTE upgrade so we can put the guessing games and peak a boo with on & off LTE signal to rest
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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by EndlessDissent View Post
    You're saying that you're not getting LTE in places where the Sensorly map shows that it's available? Well, you have to remember, each device has its own rules for what signal strength to connect to 4G or 3G. Plus, towers could be turned on or off for testing or maintenance, so until Chicago is officially launched, the areas with available LTE may fluctuate. Then there's the fact that side streets tend to have more trees, houses, and other obstructions than major roads.
    Sprint officially launched Chicago on October 22.
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    I have intermittent LTE in Wicker Park/Bucktown. However, may still be testing but still great to know it's on the verge of a full West town roll out.

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    Sprint officially launched Chicago on October 22.
    Some suburbs, not the entire market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul627g View Post
    It is possible that the areas showing LTE on the Sensorly map than your not seeing in person when on the ground is possible "test" areas. We know Sprint said it was around 50% or so finished when they went official back a few weeks ago. It wouldn't surprise me if some areas that are listed as having LTE could have been caught during test phases of newly upgraded towers that will be going live very soon. We had this all over down in the Plainfield area for a good month or so, one day you would grab LTE in a certain spot and return the next day and have no sign of LTE anywhere.

    Otherwise were all waiting patently for all of Chicagoland area and the burbs to receive its fully finished LTE upgrade so we can put the guessing games and peak a boo with on & off LTE signal to rest
    This. One day, I had LTE all over Schaumburg in a ton of new places and mapped it all out on Sensorly. The next day, a couple of the towers were turned off. At least one still hasn't been turned back on. So, even though Sensorly shows LTE there (because I mapped it myself), I no longer get LTE in those areas.

    Like I said, Sensorly is the "boots on the ground" source you want. If it shows LTE there, there either is or was at one time LTE in that location, and if you don't get it when you go there, either blame it on your Evo LTE or Sprint's subcontractors testing the towers. There's nothing wrong with Sensorly's data.
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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Mo View Post
    Sprint officially launched Chicago on October 22.
    Even though sprint announced it in Chicago all the cell sites isn't complete yet

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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by EndlessDissent View Post
    This. One day, I had LTE all over Schaumburg in a ton of new places and mapped it all out on Sensorly. The next day, a couple of the towers were turned off. At least one still hasn't been turned back on. So, even though Sensorly shows LTE there (because I mapped it myself), I no longer get LTE in those areas.

    Like I said, Sensorly is the "boots on the ground" source you want. If it shows LTE there, there either is or was at one time LTE in that location, and if you don't get it when you go there, either blame it on your Evo LTE or Sprint's subcontractors testing the towers. There's nothing wrong with Sensorly's data.
    That's what I told buddy but somehow he thought I didn't know English lol

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    That's what I told buddy but somehow he thought I didn't know English lol

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    I have nothing against Sensorly folks, hell I use it on my SIII and it's a great app! But I'm just saying that in addition to Sensorly I like reading the posts here on AC from someone who is actually staring at their phone with the 4G icon who posts yeah I have LTE here. One day Sensorly may show an area that is lit up and someone in that area looks at their phone and says nope no LTE here.
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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    I can confirm LTE in Rockford, IL. Well at least I had it for about 2 minutes while doing 73 mph past Hwy 20. Had it lo g enough to get a SpeedTest.net test run.

    So I know my phone does work on LTE. Had it since pre-order arrived and it's been on LTE for probably less than 5 minutes total. ;-)
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    Getting it in the park along LSD in Lakeview. specifically right near the Diversey driving range. 10k up and down. (Will upload a pic soon of SpeedTest). Have also had it live along Montrose, near the Brown Line stop there at Montrose and Wolcott.

    Weirdly, I can;t get the signal in my apartment, and if I move slightly west into the buildings near Broadway, 4g dies for me. Definitely need to pump up the signal, or get more towers live. Still, nice to see it in the city proper.
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    More LTE from inside Chicago proper -- this time at the Montrose Brownline Stop

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomNickname View Post
    Getting it in the park along LSD in Lakeview. specifically right near the Diversey driving range. 10k up and down. (Will upload a pic soon of SpeedTest). Have also had it live along Montrose, near the Brown Line stop there at Montrose and Wolcott.

    Weirdly, I can;t get the signal in my apartment, and if I move slightly west into the buildings near Broadway, 4g dies for me. Definitely need to pump up the signal, or get more towers live. Still, nice to see it in the city proper.
    Yeah I have the same issue here in Oak Park. Get decent LTE outside, but in my apartment back to 3G. Not sure what the deal is. I live in what they call in OP a "vintage" brick building and live on the 3rd floor free from any obstructions like powerlines or anything like that.

    Although I've had coverage issues in my apartment since I've moved in so I called Sprint a couple months back and they said they would submit a work ticket to check it out. Although I don't think I'm on their list priorities LOL.



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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    Not only do I have lte in my house but I have it in my basement on the westside in Austin

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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by buffdaddy72 View Post
    I have nothing against Sensorly folks, hell I use it on my SIII and it's a great app! But I'm just saying that in addition to Sensorly I like reading the posts here on AC from someone who is actually staring at their phone with the 4G icon who posts yeah I have LTE here. One day Sensorly may show an area that is lit up and someone in that area looks at their phone and says nope no LTE here.
    Well I have lte in my basement lol

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    Yeah still having problems getting LTE in my place. I get whiffs of it from time to time but not a solid lock.

    Very vexing why I can get it outside but not inside.

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    Default Re: Anyone with new LTE device in Chicagoland area?

    I seem to get a good signal inside not only my house but my girlfriends house also

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearballz72 View Post
    Yeah still having problems getting LTE in my place. I get whiffs of it from time to time but not a solid lock.

    Very vexing why I can get it outside but not inside.

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    Chances are, your place is just very RF-unfriendly. The building is probably made from something that's blocking or interfering with the signal. LTE signal can be very fragile. By simple properties of physics, it is naturally much more fragile than EVDO signal. I would bet that you also experience a sharp decrease in 3G signal when entering the building also, and LTE is much more susceptible to interference than that.

    I was at Reggie's Rock Club near Chinatown a few weeks ago and got a great 4G signal directly outside the building. Inside the venue, however, I had 0 bars of 1x. It was barely enough to send a text, and it drained 20% of my battery in 20 minutes. No doubt the materials used in the building were the reason.
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    I called Sprint a couple weeks back and apparently 2 towers in the area are being upgraded and/or repaired.

    I have the ticket numbers so I'll call Sprint CS probably after New Years to see if the issue is being resolved.

    Who knows, it could be the towers or the 50-60 years of lead paint build up in my place.

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    So a few months have passed and what type of speeds are you seeing?

    I'm seeing an average of about 5 Mbps down and around 2.5 Mbps upload.

    No where near what I was hoping for but better than Sprints slow 3g

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