I recently got a new Galaxy S5. I am getting a bad signal with it compared to my old S3. In the exact same spot my old S3 would get 4 bars this new S5 gets 2. The dbm on the S3 is usually around 89 or less. The S5 is usually 105 or higher.
My friend has a Note3. He is getting 4 bars sitting next to my S5, and its getting 2.
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Thank you for this info, nwalker77. It is common for devices to display signal differently even from devices from the same manufacturer. Especially since the built in antennas can be different. As long as calls are not dropping, all should be good. If anything changes though, please let us know.
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i am going to say its normal.. but to make sure i would go on the S5 forums, actual forums not here.
but if your sound quality is good i and going to say your phone is good..Samsungs were always know for poor signals..well not poor but one of the worst compared to are the best in radio signal.
Great information nwalker77! I understand that you have replaced SIM card and issue continues. Let's get more clues on this service issue. You indicate bad signal and refer to the amount signal bars, are you experiencing any particular service issues other than what is displayed on your phone's screen? What is your ZIP code? Is this issues in a particular location only? Does service improve outdoors?
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I have only noticed it at home. I dont pay much attention to the signal when im out.
My zip is 64083
All pictures below were taken in the same spot with the same sim card. It was switched between phones
S3 Signal is -88dbm