Importance of Band Selection with Visible

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1 week 3 days ago - 1 week 3 days ago #45934 by Chelle
I think that phone selection is critical to being happy with Visible Mobile.

That's why I'll always be sure to use a phone with a Mediatek processor so that I'll have easy access to LTE band selection.

(FYI: Android 10 removes radio access even for phones with Mediatek processors.)

Without any manipulation my phone automatically connected to LTE band 4 which, as you can see in the screenshot, below, is only offering dial-up speeds.

After testing each band, in succession, I chose band 5, for obvious reasons.

This may or may not be an issue in more urban environments but, in rural areas like mine, the ability to select the LTE band can make the difference between loving Visible and hating them.


Band 2:



Band 4:



Band 5:



Band 13:

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1 week 3 days ago - 1 week 3 days ago #45935 by tech-stitch
Now to make sure that we do not get that upgrade forced on, so the ability to manually select bands remains intact.

Edit: If ever released

Edit 2: I also meant to say that for some reason I do also get the best performance on band 5 post the upgrade (provided the phone is outside the house). If not forced, it (the ZTE) will go between band 13 and 4 depending on the area I am at within the house. I have not even tried messing with the moto since that has been working satisfactory without any tweaking.
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1 week 3 days ago - 1 week 3 days ago #45936 by mmfacemm
Interesting thanks Chelle. I wish more phones would let you have full access to LTE bands. Especially on sprint as I'd like to force tmobile access at home.

Recently during the visible upgrade my phone started to act strangely with LTE bands. Normally my visible phone would only lock onto band 4 and I would be seeing a strong signal and 40Mbps down. But for some reason I started getting band 5 primarily which had basically no signal and 1-2Mbps down or band 13 which was better at 8Mbps down. It looks like whatever they were doing has stopped now and my phone is back to connecting to band 4 like it should. So at least I know I am not missing out on anything on a different band.
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1 week 3 days ago #45937 by Chelle
Driving through Atlanta, the Cellular Land of Milk and Honey:

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1 week 3 days ago #45938 by mmfacemm

Chelle wrote: Driving through Atlanta, the Cellular Land of Milk and Honey:


That is pretty bad for Atlanta

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1 week 3 days ago #45939 by Chelle

mmfacemm wrote:

Chelle wrote: Driving through Atlanta, the Cellular Land of Milk and Honey:


That is pretty bad for Atlanta


I could live with it.

Truthfully, all my needs are easily met with a consistent 2Mbps.

We only watch one TV at a time and our laptops don't burn much data.

So I'm pretty easy to please.

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1 week 3 days ago #45941 by Chelle
Rural Central Tennessee, just north of Cagle Mountain.

Surprising numbers.


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