01-26-2014 2:35 AM
I got my Google Nexus 5 (N5) from the Google Play Store and the SIM from AT&T. There are no problems with either LTE or HSPA+ reception. I have a GoPhone plan.
But when I go to an area marked on the AT&T coverage map as 2G, I get no signal at all. Also, I never see anything but "LTE" or "H" in the notification bar. I expect to see "E" in that place if I have only a 2G signal. Does that means that the phone never picks up a 2G signal?
Here are a couple ways I've thought of to fix this:
1) Replace the SIM -- are all AT&T SIMs the same or could I have one that won't let me pick up 2G?
2) Fiddle with the APN settings. I could create a new APN profile (without tampering with the two existing ones)... switching back if it doesn't work. I've done some reading about this but still feel as if I'm stumbling in the dark.
I really hope that the problem isn't the N5's hardware -- I really like the N5 but I need a phone that works in these 2G areas.
I've done a couple of hours worth of research on this and I haven't come across a lot of complaints about the N5's signal capability. My hunch is that this is an AT&T problem -- APN settings or the wrong SIM. I could have a bad phone but I doubt seriously that this is a widespread problem.
Does anybody know for sure that their N5 works in an AT&T 2G-only area?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
01-27-2014 6:10 AM
I would first suggest getting a new SIM Card. When I got my Nexus 5, the old one I was using with my S4 wasn't working at all in the new device.You should not have to fiddle with the APN settings at all on the device.
With that being said if you get a new SIM and the device fails to activate, you can use the commonly out there APN settings with the cingulargrps.com settings. Keep in mind that if you have these settings activated you won't get an LTE connection if you go into an area that supports it.
You can find the APN settings Here
Hope Everything works out for you!
01-28-2014 12:54 PM
Thanks, I'm going to try another SIM. It will be a few days before I can get back to the remote area (2G only) so I can test it.
I like the phone and the LTE coverage in the city where I live is excellent. I just hope I can get this 2G issue fixed.
02-10-2014 11:40 AM
02-10-2014 3:41 PM
2g is being phased out in some locations, the tower transivers are being replaced with ones for the LTe bands, they started in 2012 and it is scheduled to be completely gone by the end of 2017
02-10-2014 10:55 PM
Thanks, wingrider01. That's good news.
Do you know if, during this conversion process, the 2G tower is out of commission?
If so, does that mean that there are places on the coverage map where 2G coverage is indicated but there's no coverage at all because of this transition?