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  1. Leo G's Avatar
    That sounds about right. When I had access to the test page when I chose auto CDMA p r n that is what my screen looked like too.
    01-06-2014 08:09 PM
  2. Gav508's Avatar
    No work around yet for this issue? I like being able to turn off 4G when I go into buildings to save battery. I can't do it either after this last update. Come on Verizon. Some of us want to shut of 4G for a reason. Give us the option.
    01-06-2014 09:54 PM
  3. Leo G's Avatar
    Sounds like it was Samsung that pulled the plug on this one.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Sounds like it was Samsung that pulled the plug on this one.
    01-06-2014 10:46 PM
  4. qbot101's Avatar
    Darn, I'm in the same boat with the Galaxy Note 2. Useless data on LTE downtown between the hours of 10 and 5. ugh
    01-14-2014 10:46 AM
  5. tjoebgen's Avatar
    Question for the group...
    Has anyone checked to see if, after the 4.3 update:
    A) their data usage dramatically increased after being forced back to 4G?
    B) their battery life has dropped because of spotty 4G?
    C) their phone still says 3G but their data usage has suddenly increased for no reason?
    D) their phone still says 3G but you seem to have spotty connections now, and/or your battery life has suddenly reduced?
    01-16-2014 01:15 PM
  6. tjoebgen's Avatar
    Actually, I believe in the Mobile networks page.....under network mode, it currently says "Preferred network mode CDMA"....and opening it up.....I have 3 choices....Global, LTE/CDMA, GSM/UMTS....with radio buttons next to each....of which none are activated. So...If I choose LTE/CDMA....I assume I'd go back to 4g mode. But I'm not gonna touch it. I'm happy on 3g for the battery savings.
    Yep - do NOT touch it!
    I just did and now I'm screwed

    I've had mine purposefully locked on 3g since I got the phone (GS3) due to spotty 4g reception, etc. and loved it that way.
    Ever since the 4.3 update, my 3g reception seemed a bit spotty so I figured the update toggled me back to LTE (even though it says 3g). So I tried to toggle 4g back on and off again, only to find out that I can't do that anymore -- grrr... I have hated this update since the very minute I got it.
    01-16-2014 01:16 PM
  7. tjoebgen's Avatar
    I use to keep my phone at 3G because I stream music to my phone when I drive and after getting the S3 with 4G/LTE the stream would stop and start often during my drive. It wouldn't do it when stationary, only while moving - like it was switching towers or something. Switching back to only 3G solved this problem, and my battery life improved a little too. I'm in a 4G area but it must be more sensitive than 3G and streaming media feels it.
    But after the 4.3 update, the streaming has been spotty again while driving. The phone was still saying 3G on the notification bar, but I'm wondering if it was really doing 4G.
    The other reason I ask is because suddenly my phone is using a lot more data on a daily basis than before the update. Like maybe it really was on 4G (and over-charging for data) but telling me it was 3G because I had it forced before the update...
    01-16-2014 01:32 PM
  8. Ace2448's Avatar
    The Battery Monitor Widget app can't access Device Information anymore. Darn VZW they must have blocked it after people were changing settings. Anyone else know of any other app that can turn off 4G. Already tried 4G Switch and it doesn't work either - it just gave me a blank screen. Waste of a $1. Hope developer will refund my money.
    01-17-2014 12:04 PM
  9. Leo G's Avatar
    Verizon didn't do it.

    Samsung did.
    01-17-2014 07:52 PM
  10. Erin Heilner's Avatar
    I use a app called service mode shortcut brings up testing menu.

    Posted via Android Central App
    01-21-2014 08:28 AM
  11. Leo G's Avatar
    Not supported. Dammit.
    01-21-2014 06:28 PM
  12. bowlingblogger's Avatar
    I just discovered an app called "Advanced Signal Status" in the Play Store that allows me to bring up the service menu, but I think you need to be rooted to get that functionality of the app to work. EDIT: I am using a Verizon Galaxy S3 running 4.3.
    OpenTrackRacer and T_rob76 like this.
    01-22-2014 04:22 PM
  13. jcc928's Avatar
    Confirmed, the Advanced Signal Status app works. Thanks for the tip. I had to root my phone to use it, which I have never done before, but it was easy.

    I am including a link with the instructions I used for rooting. You just need to make sure that you have the firmware version that the developer references.

    Instructions for rooting Verizon Galaxy S4 on Jelly Bean/Android 4.3: [ROOT] Saferoot: Root for VRUEMJ7, MK2, and Android 4.3 - xda-developers
    01-25-2014 12:17 PM
  14. dkorwan's Avatar
    Newbie here

    Thanks for this. I just got a used s4 and thought it may have been a lemon- signal wasn't good, etc. Read up on it and see that 4.3 really did mess with this phone. Rooted it and loaded "advanced signal status" (4G switch and others still don't work). After switching off LTE, I get great reception again. Really appreciate this information!
    02-05-2014 10:01 PM
  15. bberry_fan_13's Avatar
    I tried using the Advanced Signal Status app. However, when I try to go the page to change settings (to CDMA for example), I get a message saying that permission is denied by manufacturer of phone.

    The Android 4.3 update seems to have pulled permission for apps to use this menu. Has anyone else found a way to toggle between 3G and 4G without rooting the phone?

    02-06-2014 11:36 PM
  16. aktran9's Avatar
    Use buildprop editor which you can download from the playstore. Must have root. Then add these codes:
    Once installed, open up buildprop editor and then click on the + sign at the bottom of page. A popup should come out.

    For property name:

    property value:

    Then Add.
    One more time, click the + sign


    Credit to autoprime from XDA. I ripped this from the sim unlock of the sprint galaxy s4 to enable APN settings. In sprint, it allows toggling of various networks. I did this on my verizon s4 and it puts CDMA and CDMA/LTE settings on my network settings. I chose CDMA only for 3g.
    02-13-2014 10:53 AM
  17. OpenTrackRacer's Avatar
    Advanced Signal Status is working on my (just) rooted Verizon Galaxy S3 running 4.3. I can now switch between 4G (LTE), 3G (EVDO) and 1x (CDMA). About time!

    Thanks for the tip!
    03-13-2014 12:51 AM
  18. onevision83's Avatar
    Advanced Signal Status gives me the options I need on rooted GS4 running Android 4.4.2 (NC5). Awesome!
    06-04-2014 09:11 PM
  19. Leo G's Avatar
    If you have root you wouldn't need it.... now would you?
    06-05-2014 06:08 PM
  20. mightyorange's Avatar
    No work around yet for this issue? I like being able to turn off 4G when I go into buildings to save battery. I can't do it either after this last update. Come on Verizon. Some of us want to shut of 4G for a reason. Give us the option.
    05-31-2015 02:04 PM
  21. mightyorange's Avatar
    If you turn on developer options by pressing the build number tab 5 times in the about device section then the mobile network let's u access all and choose freely hope helps
    05-31-2015 02:05 PM
  22. Mark Wayne-Hart's Avatar
    The Elevator Pitch:

    Zero-out your network. I have a crap wi-fi router so I trashed it and snagged another one. Did the install and the Chromecast dongle was the worst. Here's what I did:

    Zero out your Chromecast. Zero out your Apps. Grab the little black-button on your Chromecast dongle and hang on to it. Do not cheat. It says: 28 seconds. 25-one-thousdand....26-one-thousand...27-one-thousand... Your Chromecast dongle will suffer - let it.

    Once it is whimpering, let go of the button. Re-install the Chromecast app on your not-so-Smarphone (KitKat 4.4 is mine). Launch it after the install.

    It's going to wander around and try to find the dongle for a few minutes - let it. It's a machine. The dongle is going to hang there with a red-LED. <whatever> Let Google pretend to know what they're doing. They'll figure it out in a minute or two. It will pop - You'll be able to change the dynamic Wi-Fi name in a couple. I chose: "MiddleFinger" as mine. It works... <shrug>
    12-09-2015 10:44 PM
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