Essential phone preferred network type?

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I recently upgraded to Oreo 8.1 beta, and on global I am getting around -115 db, which is moderate/low strength. Should I change it to something else? (Ie 4g/lte, cdma/3g, etc?) Thank you.
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Probably just the location. Are people getting higher strength than you in the same location? You could change to 4g/LTE I guess but that won't change anything if you're already connected to LTE as it is.
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Slightly below my girlfriend's Galaxy S7. I don't know much about towers, I just assumed different phones and different carriers use different settings. Thanks for the response!
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You'll get your best reception on the Essential and any phone switching it to CDMA Only. This also saves battery because the phone isn't searching for weak LTE signals all the time which is why I actually switch all my phones to this as Id rather save battery and have a web page load a second later then faster loading and less battery life.
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Thank you! That did the trick
It's at -43 dbm (excellent).
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3G can have better reception in general. It really depends on where you are. Telus / Koodo maintains it at a pretty decent speed if you're in a more built up area so it won't be super slow. I used to keep LTE off for that reason but where I am nowadays the signal strength for LTE remains high so I'm not concerned.
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There's an opttion for cdma/3g, and I live in Sudbury, Ontario. Would that be a bit better then just cdma?
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Pretty much the same thing. You can always try if it'll make a difference as it's just quick network selection changes but wcdma and 3G are supposed to be one and the same.
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Okay. Thank you very much to both of your for the great responses!
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Nevermind! I guess I'm stuck on lte/4g. I tried to make a phone call on cdma and cdma/3g and it says no sim or sim error lol.
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Really, I better check that on mine I never use calling much so I've never tried on my Essential since I got it and switched to CDMA. I'll let you know what happens after I try.
Oh might be because your running the beta there was another mobile master that was having calling issues and he was on the Oreo beta maybe that was his issue is he was connected to CDMA when he tried
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Okay, thank you!
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I even tried just lte, and it wouldn't allow me to make a phone call.
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Yeah I think it's the Oreo beta, I'd roll back to the stable version of Android 7.1.1 and wait until Oreo is officially released
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Okay. Thank you kindly sir for all your help.