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  1. jdbii's Avatar
    Has anybody noticed that they get better indoor and/or building penetration reception with their Tmobile Galaxy S4 than with a prior Tmobile phone?
    05-20-2013 09:35 PM
  2. Kroaker's Avatar
    I can't speak for other T-Mobile phones, but I've been very happy with my indoor coverage. I switched to T-Mobile from Verizon for this phone, and was very worried about this coming in. No longer.
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    05-21-2013 11:36 AM
  3. jdbii's Avatar
    I can't speak for other T-Mobile phones, but I've been very happy with my indoor coverage. I switched to T-Mobile from Verizon for this phone, and was very worried about this coming in. No longer.
    Are you one of the lucky ones and live in one of Tmobile's LTE market, or are you getting HSPA+? The reason why I am asking is that I've heard that LTE gets much better building penetration than HSPA+, and I am a bit surprised that you have no complaints since Verizon is well known for having outstanding indoor coverage and Tmobile no so great. I wonder if the S4 is the reason why you get such good indoor coverage, or if maybe you have LTE. I can't get Tmoible coverage with my Nexus 4 inside my condo (or just barely get spotty Edge if I stand next to the window), but once I step outside I get 4 bars HSPA+ all throughout the city, until I go indoors somewhere, then I lose my signal or get Edge if I'm lucky. I wondering if my N4 has a poor antenna, or if Tmobile just doesn't have good building penetration. I'd be interested in the GS4 if I could get it with Tmobile and get good data speeds at my home.
    05-21-2013 03:18 PM
  4. Kroaker's Avatar
    Fraid I'm not lucky enough to live in one of the LTE markets. I am in Austin, which is a pretty heavily penetrated HSPA+ market.
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    05-21-2013 04:15 PM
  5. epicness4G's Avatar
    As long as you have wifi indoors you don't need to worry about coverage tmobile wifi calling lol.

    But I have noticed much better coverage. My iphone 5 on tmobile wouldn't get a strong signal. For example I stream iheartradio a lot and there were areas of my commute where I knew the iphone 5 would drop the streaming and start buffering, my s4 doesn't. I also have a t-mobile tower right next to my job and I've ran several speed tests between the two and my s4 is significantly faster. I think the modem inside it is more powerful for sure.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using Tapatalk 2
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    05-24-2013 04:11 AM
  6. chrscaley's Avatar
    I live in Kansas City and get lte service. I rarely get all bars but in my house I usually get two bars. And at work I get 3 out of 4 bars. So I'd say I'm happy with the reception of this phone.

    Sent from my Tmobile galaxy s4
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    05-27-2013 12:01 AM
  7. epicness4G's Avatar
    I live in Kansas City and get lte service. I rarely get all bars but in my house I usually get two bars. And at work I get 3 out of 4 bars. So I'd say I'm happy with the reception of this phone.

    Sent from my Tmobile galaxy s4
    How fast are your LTE speeds? My area doesn't have it yet and I was just curious on average what are you getting for download and upload?

    Sent from my SGH-M919 using Tapatalk 2
    05-29-2013 11:27 PM
  8. ryjb's Avatar
    I have had a number of phones with Tmobile in my house and the S4 is on the top of that list for reception, besides a Nokia I used a while back. I had the S3 and I would have -80'sdb's now I am getting low -70's. Works great for me!
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    05-30-2013 10:56 AM
  9. fantom305's Avatar
    Are you one of the lucky ones and live in one of Tmobile's LTE market, or are you getting HSPA+? The reason why I am asking is that I've heard that LTE gets much better building penetration than HSPA+, and I am a bit surprised that you have no complaints since Verizon is well known for having outstanding indoor coverage and Tmobile no so great. I wonder if the S4 is the reason why you get such good indoor coverage, or if maybe you have LTE. I can't get Tmoible coverage with my Nexus 4 inside my condo (or just barely get spotty Edge if I stand next to the window), but once I step outside I get 4 bars HSPA+ all throughout the city, until I go indoors somewhere, then I lose my signal or get Edge if I'm lucky. I wondering if my N4 has a poor antenna, or if Tmobile just doesn't have good building penetration. I'd be interested in the GS4 if I could get it with Tmobile and get good data speeds at my home.
    I live in an are that is going to be LTE sometime in June but not yet. I am tempted to say that it is phone in this case. I had an HTC Sensetion and the One S with same company T-Mobile and I always had a hard time indoor, the I switched to the Galaxy S3 and the coverage changed for the better and now I have the S4 and for me is even better. I imagine with LTE it will be even better.
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    06-04-2013 07:02 PM
  10. jdbii's Avatar
    I am tempted to say that it is phone in this case.
    Always hard to know for sure since there are so many different factors at any given time, but I am glad to hear that you've had a good experience with the S3 and even better with the S4.
    06-04-2013 08:56 PM
  11. jdbii's Avatar
    I have had a number of phones with Tmobile in my house and the S4 is on the top of that list for reception, besides a Nokia I used a while back
    Thanks!
    06-04-2013 08:58 PM
  12. jollyball's Avatar
    I live in an area with LTE, but I am rarely connected to it. At home I'm on edge most of the time. When I am connected to LTE it is fast and it seems to perform well inside.

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    06-05-2013 06:07 PM
  13. monsieurms's Avatar
    Awful. SOmetimes LTE works. Sometimes not.
    Sometimes call quality is good. Often not.

    I always default to wi-fi calling.
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    06-07-2013 08:13 AM
  14. chrscaley's Avatar
    Here's what I'm getting right now with two bars sitting on my couch.

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    06-08-2013 02:24 AM
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    06-08-2013 02:25 AM
  16. chrscaley's Avatar
    It says Caldwell ks but I'm in Kansas City, MO. Near world's of fun if you know where that is.

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    06-08-2013 02:26 AM
  17. chrscaley's Avatar
    Sorry, forgot this is a s4 topic. But you get an idea of what I'm getting with lte on tmobile. :banghead:
    06-08-2013 02:36 AM
  18. kolyan2k's Avatar
    Haven't noticed improvement at work but WiFi calling works wonders....signal at work is poor, indoor coverage is none existent
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    06-09-2013 06:37 AM
  19. qnet's Avatar
    Are you one of the lucky ones and live in one of Tmobile's LTE market, or are you getting HSPA+? The reason why I am asking is that I've heard that LTE gets much better building penetration than HSPA+, and I am a bit surprised that you have no complaints since Verizon is well known for having outstanding indoor coverage and Tmobile no so great. I wonder if the S4 is the reason why you get such good indoor coverage, or if maybe you have LTE. I can't get Tmoible coverage with my Nexus 4 inside my condo (or just barely get spotty Edge if I stand next to the window), but once I step outside I get 4 bars HSPA+ all throughout the city, until I go indoors somewhere, then I lose my signal or get Edge if I'm lucky. I wondering if my N4 has a poor antenna, or if Tmobile just doesn't have good building penetration. I'd be interested in the GS4 if I could get it with Tmobile and get good data speeds at my home.
    I heard that the reason Verizon's LTE is so good indoors is becuase of the frequency. VZW's LTE operates on the 700Mhz band. From my understanding, the lower the MHz the farther the signal travels and the penetration through solid objects, such as walls is much better.

    On the subject, I have both the HTC One and S4. Both phones perform better inside than my prevoius phones inlcuding the N4. I think it's a combination of being newer improved phones and Tmobile's improved netowok. I get better signals in places were I didn't before.
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    06-12-2013 06:32 PM
  20. epicness4G's Avatar
    I heard that the reason Verizon's LTE is so good indoors is becuase of the frequency. VZW's LTE operates on the 700Mhz band. From my understanding, the lower the MHz the farther the signal travels and the penetration through solid objects, such as walls is much better.

    On the subject, I have both the HTC One and S4. Both phones perform better inside than my prevoius phones inlcuding the N4. I think it's a combination of being newer improved phones and Tmobile's improved netowok. I get better signals in places were I didn't before.
    You're partially right. The lower the frequency the better it penetrates, but it does not give the most distance. In my area (south florida) at&t LTE is far better though. It is fully covered and the Verizon drops a lot to 3G

    Sent from my SGH-M919 using Tapatalk 2
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    06-15-2013 12:17 AM
  21. JHBThree's Avatar
    T-Mobile is just testing around here, but I've been impressed by the signal. In my office at work, which is surrounded by concrete, heavy steel doors, and a steel roof, I got signal. (And the network isn't even at half strength around here)

    Sent from my SGH-M919 using Tapatalk 2
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    06-15-2013 12:38 AM
  22. sloan31's Avatar
    I'm impressed by what you guys are getting with TMobile. I have an S3 now with verizon and my LTE coverage is not that great (and I live in Philly, how much more major can you get). It recently got worse with the crap update Verizon released that broke things.

    I'm seriously considering paying the ETF and switching.
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    06-18-2013 09:08 PM
  23. PhiPsi32's Avatar
    When I kept complaining to Verizon about poor 3G coverage (while at work) they told me to switch to LTE saying the LTE spectrum would be better. I eventually went LTE and . . . not a dam thing. Even when I would get LTE the data came through like molasses on a cold winter morning. Just switched to T-Mo S4, and my data speeds blow away VZW hands down when I'm at the office. There are some bad areas with T-Mo but there are bad areas with VZW too.
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    06-20-2013 03:31 PM
  24. JHBThree's Avatar
    Interestingly, today I can't get anything more than EDGE in my house. Chatted with a rep, and its because they took the tower nearest me offline to upgrade it to LTE. I did notice that it seems like LTE is now up for good in the rest of my area though, which is awesome.

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    06-20-2013 04:58 PM
  25. ljredeye's Avatar
    My house is comically in a dead zone. Both towers are east and west, with the panels turned for God know why. But I'm in the mountains with trees all over so that Still happy with WiFi Calling, though.
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    06-25-2013 07:49 PM
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