iPhone 13 owners are complaining about a weak network signal. How to check for yourself

iPhone 13

New smartphones – even if they are Apple smartphones – they never come out perfect. But, if the flaws in design, functionality or price are already visible at the presentation, then the technical flaws become apparent only some time after the purchase. Therefore, complaints about iPhone 13 problems started showing up just now. Another thing is that no one expected that there would be so many of them. First green screens, then problems connecting to car stereos, and now cellular outages.

Some users have complained that their iPhone 13 may lose cellular signal for no reason. Judging by the reviews, the owners are faced with this new Apple smartphones in different countries of the world, and the problem does not depend on the operators whose services they use. The signal may be lost regardless of the location of the user, even if other devices can boast of a full scale of divisions.

Internet slowdown on iPhone

Most often, users make claims not to the quality of the GSM signal that provides calls, but to LTE modulewhich either loses connection where Android smartphones maintain a stable signal, or suffer from low Internet speeds. At the same time, if you switch to a 3G network, then the quality of the connection grows, and with it the speed. It turns out a paradox: in 3G Apple smartphones are fasterthan in 4G and even 5G.

How to check signal strength on iPhone

If you wish, you can measure cell signal strengththat your iPhone accepts. It’s pretty simple:

  • Launch the Phone app on your iPhone;
  • Enter *3001#12345#* and press the call button;
  • In the window that opens, go to the context menu;
  • Open Cell Info and check the RSRP box;
  • Go back – the house – and evaluate the value of RSRP.

RSRP value and indicates the strength of the signal. It is given in negative units, and the closer it is to zero, the better, and the farther from it, the worse. A good signal is -30 or -40. A value of -140 means no signal at all. So, many of those iPhone 13 owners who complain about a poor network connection report that in their case, RSRP takes a value close to the minimum: -125 or -130 or worse.

Slow internet on iPhone – reasons

Frankly, there is indeed cause for concern. My iPhone 12 has signal strength ranging from -110 to -125. And these are completely normal conditions for me, in which the smartphone, according to the results of SpeedTest, speeds up to 18 Mbps. The numbers are, frankly, so-so. But it gets even worse. For example, in another part of the city, which is located in a lowland, the signal strength drops even more. Then the only salvation is Wi-Fi.

I admit that iOS 15.1.1 failed to fix this longstanding problem. What if this is the norm? Perhaps the whole point is the low density of LTE coverage. However, switching to 3G in my case does not give a positive effect, as some of those who observe communication interruptions in themselves. On third-generation networks, the speed becomes even lower. So it’s better to let it be slow, but LTE is still faster than 3G.

The most annoying thing is that you won’t even go to a service center with this. If the green screen is very difficult to ignore, then a low connection speed can still be done. Not only is “fast-slow” a subjective indicator, but there is also no documented norm for signal strength anywhere, not to mention the fact that each operator provides its own conditions for accessing the Internet.

Therefore, probably all that remains for the owners of the iPhone 13, dissatisfied with the quality of the Internet connection, is to try changing the tariff plan, or even the operator, or visit another area of ​​the city to check if anything has changed. In the end, it can always be that we invented the problem ourselves, and its cause lies literally on the surface and is completely independent of the manufacturer.

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