Currently Being ModeratedSep 21, 2012 4:45 PM (in response to jsulliva)
I'm having exact same issue with Bell/Telus network in Ontario, Canada. Other devices at same location connect at 4g and LTE, but my new iPhone 5 is permanently 3G. I confirmed via device strings that LTE is On.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 21, 2012 5:08 PM (in response to jsulliva)
Yes, cycling the power did fix it, but only for about 10-15 seconds. Once the phone booted and connected to service, LTE appeared for the first time. Unfortunately, it's back to a solid 3G ... Not even saying 4G :(
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2012 7:16 AM (in response to CottonBaller)
Please consolidate any discussion on this topic to:
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 8:37 AM (in response to Pete boston)
This deserves a separate thread, since there appear to be two problems here. One is that on initial activation, the iPhone can go into a 3G-only mode and doesn't switch to LTE until a reboot or reset. I had this problem with my Verizon iPhone 5 also, which was very clear because my phone could not be convinced to switch to LTE before a reboot, even though:
1) I can SEE the tower out my window
2) My wife has an identical, 1-week old iPhone 5 that shows LTE with all bars all the time at this location
A network reset might also have worked, but I didn't try that first. Since rebooting, my phone shows LTE with all bars solid at this location, but I haven't yet traveled with it, so perhaps I still will discover an intermittent problem with different coverage areas.
The issue in the other thread appears to be related to poor coverage/reception on the LTE channels causing the phone to fail over to 3G frequently.