I received my Galaxy S3 yesterday and while I am generally pleased with it, there are a couple of things that are just strange. I live in a fringe 4G LTE area and in 28 hours, iut has had to be recharged from 0% twice. My 3g signal is a strong -72 to -78db reading which is on par with my Motorola Droids.
With the Galaxy S3 though, the Google Play store apps (that are really just shortcuts to the hidden menu brought up by the *#*#4636#*#* keypad entry) don't work as they do with the HTC and Motorola ICS devices. Direct entry of the code fails to work as well.
So in addition to the bizarre WiFi persistent notification entry and what is the first Samsung device to have a locked bootloader, now we can't even select 3G only in areas where 4G LTE is not present? If someone can verify that their Galaxy S3 wont accept the direct input code listed to allow selection of CDMA(PRL), it would be appreciated.
This Galaxy S3 was my last gasp at staying with Verizon. Hopefully I just got a bad unit but if VZW has made it impossible to select between 3G and 4G LTE at all, it will be the straw that broke the camels back. Thanks for anyone that may be able to check this and respond.
No there is not. The only options under the Mobile Networks section to enable packet data, Global Data Roaming Access and Access Point names. Unlike the AT&T version of the S3, our version does not allow for the addition of a new APN nor rhe edit of any existing APN's. That would be an option if we could add or edit an APN but that too has been blocked,
I'm also in a 3G area. I just activated my new S3, and it won't pick up and hold a 3G signal at all. Talked to 2 levels of Verizon support (always nice and polite, but couldn't solve the problem.) -75dB signal strength at my house, shows Verizon Network (not extended) in phone status, but "mobile network" won't connect. The techs were both working with me from GNex emulators (they don't have S3 emulators, ***) and were both surprised when we drilled down into "Wireless and Networks" under settings that there was no network selection option (like there is on the GNex). to force 3G/CDMA. Possible prolem is a bad SIM card, so tomorrow I have to drive 60 miles to the nearest Verizon store to get a new one to try. If that doesn't work, my phone may be DOA, and they'll send me a new one, which probably won't get here until next Friday because they aren't sure if a DOA reship goes to the bottom of the queue.
And I feel trapped with this phone, because if I don't keep it (or the DOA replacement) and go back to my DroidX, with my next phone I'll lose my unlimited data. I bought a GNex earlier this year, but returned it because of issues with the radio signal and bluetooth voice dialing. With two problem phones in a row, the only thing keeping me with Verizon is umlimited data, and it looks like I may get screwed on that ... so, hello, AT&T or Sprint.
UPDATE: Went to the Verizon store and got a new SIM today. They put in the new SIM and activated it in the store (which is also in a 4G area). The phone activated with 4G data, and when I went back home to 3G only service, it connected fine to both voice and 3G data, and has maintained a steady 3G connection all evening. Also, the S3 I brought in for the SIM swap was like a celebrity in the store ... all the sales and tech people came over to look at it, hld it and play with it because they hadn't seen one 'in the flesh' yet - they're not expecting to get their stock until sometime next week. They were all very impressed with the phone, particularly how light and sleek it is, and all commented on how much they liked the 'water drop' noises it makes.
Ah, so it sounds like an issue with the phone, and not just that I have a bum sim card or DOA phone. But with no 3G data connection, the phone is useless to me. And for the privilege of finding out that Verizon shipped a defective product that didn't meet it's specs, I'll have to pay $35. And also lose my ability to keep my unlimited data. Great customer service, Verizon. You really know how to nurture brand loyalty.
For those people having issues with the data connection overall, go into settings, choose option more, then at the bottom of the list choose mobile network, and then toggle the top option off and then back on. For others that are having issues with the 4g, might go down to the bottom option on this same page and click on it and choose the second option that says lte.
those options do not exist for verizon's GS3.
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For the 4g issue, it seems like it only connects when there are four or more bars on my phone.
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I got my S3 on Thursday. 4G worked fine for the first few days even in fringe areas (light red) as well as in full coverage (dark red) areas. Right now, I am in the middle of a full 4G coverage area with no obstructions and full signal strength but I am not getting 4G. Instead, my phone reports 3G coverage. There are no options on the phone to switch between 3G/4G. Is there a status page for checking Verizon 4G status? Anyone else having this issue?
Still no 4G even with 5 bar signal. All I get is super slow 3G. Is someone from Verizon looking into this issue? Also, I dont see Galaxy S3 listed in the forums. Now that the phone is released and used by a bunch of customers, could VZW create a separate forum for Galaxy S3?
add me to the list for no 4g. I put my GS3 right next to my wife's Rezound. We both have the same signal strength (in dbm) but she is on 4g and I can only get 3g. I traveled to 2 other towns yesterday running some errands and never picked up 4g while the wife had it the whole time. Factory resets don't help. Tier 2 tech support didn't help. Going to store on lunch break today. If I only wanted 3g service I could have stayed with my DX!
i seem to have horrible 3g connection at home and have never seen so many "page cant be displayed" on a phone...ever. 4g is a dream. the map shows it should be available for me but im going the reverse here because my display showed 1x for a couple hours..omg. i may not switch to this. i just tried phonesmarty suggestions and will give it a chance outside home in the coming days though. battery drains fast btw.
I'm having a similar issue as well. I'm in a dedicated 3g area, no 4g around yet.On my Droid X i would regularly get 4 bars, in the same spot on my desk I am getting only 1 bar, sometimes 2 and worse yet none. Coworker with another Verizon phone verified this, 4 bars on his phone. Love the phone otherwise.
Hey there. I just wanted to add some helpful information as a fellow new owner of a galaxy s III.
I just got mine today, activated...
No mobile network. So I set up wi-fi, that works, real fast. I can still make phone calls, but if I shut of wi-fi no network connections.
A little backround. I live in a 3g area, my work and local commute is all 3g service area. there is 4g 10 minutes away from where I live. I can get on mobile network in 4g area no problem. But when i'm at home/work I get NOTHING, but wi-fi.
So I went to my local verizon store right away so I can get this thing to 100% on day one.
I tell the lady (Allison) at the counter about my problem, she doesn't know what to do and there is nothing on her forums yet about the issue. I told her I read a post online about this same problem and sim card swap fixed it. So she gave me a new SIM, reactivated... Ta-daa! It works. Seems either my phone wasn't fully activated(after 4 hours) OR I had a bad/not right SIM card. Now my phone switches from 4g to 3g when I get in my home/work area. Crisis averted. Just thought I'd share with the rest of everyone who pre-ordered and activated their phone to find it locked to 4g. Enjoy!
P.S. Can we sticky this thread. I really think more people are gonna run into this same problem. And it was a 10 minute fix once I walked in the store.
I'm glad the sim switch worked for you on the 3G and 4G networks, I have a totally different problem, my phone shows an "E" and the T-Mobile rep says it won't connect to the 3G or 4G networks and he don't know what to do. For the money spent on this phone I'd like to have the speed to go along with it. Yes it's the S3 International model. This still is faster than the iPhone I had but at least that phone connected to the 3G network. Now I tried some of the things posted and would like some help on what I need to do to get it to work better on T-mobile.
Well looks like there is a way afterall. Just tried it and it immediately switched to 3G
PJ i was Going To write a Post But i'm Glad i Seen Your Post as the Link Clearly show's When you Go to it How to Switch off the 4G with the App that Was Listed: And put the phone into 3G Mode
The Link to the Play-Store and Phone Info: click on the Link
I just got my S3 a couple of days ago. Noticed right off the bat that there was an issue with my signal strenght at home. WIth my original Droid, I had a solid 3G connection but with my new S3, I'm always bouncing between 1X and 3G service. I brought my phone to a Verizon store and had a guy look at it, he said that there wasn't anything wrong with the SIM card since it was getting a 4G signal and full bars.
He looked something up on the computer and said there was an alert in my area of coverage. Since I'm on the edge of 4G service, he said they were working on the towers and might have screwed up the 3G service while working to extend the 4G network. Not sure I believe him though, sounds like a bunch of crap just to get me out of the store. Will give it a few days and see if the coverage at my house improves.
i have the same issue(3g, 1x, or the circle with a slash through it which means no mobile data) at home only.(noted above) i tried a sim swap at the store and it didnt help my home connection w/ verizon cell phone. thank goodness i have a 6g data connection w/ my cable provider..lol. i just have to go to the front room of my home in order to make calls w/o them dropping. i have bluetooth so am hoping i can still move about elsewhere. we will see though. this lte is NICE.
I live in DC proper (supposedly all 4G LTE covered) and I am still having the same issue, even after swapping out the SIM card. Today, driving from my house I was not able to connect to 4G at all. Lost signal in a clear street in the middle of DC for about five minutes.
From my desk, in the middle of DC, the phone switches between 1X and 3G (sluggishly slow). Today I walked to my desk, 4G for 2 minutes, 3G for 5 and now stuck on 1X again. I'm starting to regret getting this phone.
On top of that, 2 hours of light usage and I'm down to 70% battery.