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I see this on my Sprint EVO LTE and my Verizon GS3, so it spans networks and manufacturers. Why can't the network tell the handset to rescan when it sees the handset using a band that's less than optimal? Both phones sit on 3G when LTE is available. The VZ phone will sit on 1x for a while. I understand scan intervals and whatnot on the handset, but the network knows what the handset is using, what the network is capable of in that area and what the handset is capable of.

 

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I see this on my Sprint EVO LTE and my Verizon GS3, so it spans networks and manufacturers. Why can't the network tell the handset to rescan when it sees the handset using a band that's less than optimal? Both phones sit on 3G when LTE is available. The VZ phone will sit on 1x for a while. I understand scan intervals and whatnot on the handset, but the network knows what the handset is using, what the network is capable of in that area and what the handset is capable of.

 

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Very good question.  I have had that same question for about a year now.  The network should be smart enough to control each handset and direct it to the best network.  This should be done on the voice side and the data aside.  The network should not allow the handset to make a call on 1900 if the levels are getting weak.  If the network determines the signal from the handset if about -100, it should just move the handset to the 800 network.  Alternatively, if the level from the handset is extremely good, move the handset from the 800 network to the 1900 network. On the voice side, this might only be done when the phone is idle.  But on the data side, it could be done while active on data. 

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I would like to note that I'm not looking to have the network force the handset to a certain technology or band. Just have the network tell the handset, "Ya know what, I think you could be doing something better. Rescan when you get the chance." It's in the best interest of the network to have the handsets on the best technology assuming sufficient modulation to not be a drag.

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I've thought that, too, with my EVO LTE.  There are some places where I KNOW there is LTE, yet it stays on 3G.  In the same places, sometimes it will connect on its own, other times I have to reset the connection with Signal Check Pro.  I was assuming it was just related to the "poor reception" that everyone claims plagues the EVO LTE.

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I would like to note that I'm not looking to have the network force the handset to a certain technology or band. Just have the network tell the handset, "Ya know what, I think you could be doing something better. Rescan when you get the chance." It's in the best interest of the network to have the handsets on the best technology assuming sufficient modulation to not be a drag.

Exactly.   I do not care if I am on 1900, 800, or 2600.   Just have the system be smart enough to place my phone on the network that is going to work best for me. With today's technology and software, this should be possible. It should already be accomplished. ALSO, while this is surely more difficult, figure out how to allow a voice call to transfer between 1900, 800, 2600 and avoid a dropped call. Surely there has to be some way to make this happen. Sure, this is not easy to fix, but do it somehow. Pin down the

various manufacturers and software guys and get it done.

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I've thought that, too, with my EVO LTE. There are some places where I KNOW there is LTE, yet it stays on 3G. In the same places, sometimes it will connect on its own, other times I have to reset the connection with Signal Check Pro. I was assuming it was just related to the "poor reception" that everyone claims plagues the EVO LTE.

Well, if you've spent time in an area without LTE, then enter LTE, it mat take up to 45 minutes to reacquire LTE. As I understand it, it'll check often for twenty minutes, then go to every 45 minutes. Annoying, but not what I originally thought about. If I temporarily lose LTE or even 3G, it'll park on the next lower technology seemingly forever. Its worse when data is being used.

 

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Well, if you've spent time in an area without LTE, then enter LTE, it mat take up to 45 minutes to reacquire LTE. As I understand it, it'll check often for twenty minutes, then go to every 45 minutes. Annoying, but not what I originally thought about. If I temporarily lose LTE or even 3G, it'll park on the next lower technology seemingly forever. Its worse when data is being used.

 

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Hm, interesting.  That explains some things!  Is the only way to change the scan time to root it?

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Rather than write one or two lengthy posts that take too long to complete, I will address some questions/concerns individually in short posts.

 

I see this on my Sprint EVO LTE and my Verizon GS3, so it spans networks and manufacturers. Why can't the network tell the handset to rescan when it sees the handset using a band that's less than optimal?

 

The CDMA2000 protocol is roughly 15 years old, not to mention, 3GPP2.  To my knowledge, it does not contain any sync or paging channel message for the network to redirect a mobile to a 3GPP or IEEE airlink.  Even W-CDMA, to my knowledge, cannot redirect a mobile to LTE -- and both W-CDMA and LTE are 3GPP airlinks.  In all cases, the mobile is responsible for detecting and acquiring LTE or WiMAX based upon a scan timer.

 

Like it or not, when old technology is standardized, it does not anticipate interfacing with all the iterations of new technology.

 

Even if such a rescan flag were possible in the CDMA2000 protocol, the other issue is it could cause a mobile within a hybrid CDMA2000/LTE cell to get stuck in an LTE rescan loop.  The mobile could be near the cell edge and have decent CDMA1X/EV-DO signal but only fringe or unusable LTE signal, as we know that LTE is a much less robust airlink.  The constant rescanning in such a situation would drain the battery in short order.

 

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The network should not allow the handset to make a call on 1900 if the levels are getting weak.  If the network determines the signal from the handset if about -100, it should just move the handset to the 800 network.

Due to loading or signal strength, the network can set up a traffic channel on another carrier channel, even in another band class. That has happened for years on VZW's CDMA1X 850/1900 network.  It is no big deal.

 

On the voice side, this might only be done when the phone is idle.

No, redirecting an idle mobile to another carrier channel, while possible, is rare.  That form of redirection tends to be used only in certain circumstances and locations.  The more likely form of redirection is active state, as I have described above.

 

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That's what I assumed with my Evo 3D. I know if I sit on the 4g screen and keep hitting scan it just destroys my battery. What would be nice is if the phone detects a better signal and can measure the strength and possibly have a routine to watch it over a period of a user defined time (like pick from 30 secs, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes) and it stays stable, it should automatically switch to that band. Of course, it's easy to say it would be a good feature but how possible would it be to implement?

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The network could also send out the scan request to only handsets over a certain dB. This would prevent phones outside of coverage of a better band continually scanning.

 

The network wouldn't be forcing changes. Just hint to the handset that it should look for something better.

 

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So, to mildly hijack this thread...

 

I know we're just now seeing multiple bands in use with Sprint; have we seen the ability for the network to initiate a handoff from one band to another? In other words, can the network say "Hey, quit connecting to 1900, there's 2500 around you, scan for that already!" or something similar? Will multi-band devices do this on their own?

 

Basically, I would be worried about devices "sticking" on 800 LTE, simply because it's the strongest (and most readily available) signal, and never handing off to 1900 or 2500, even when available, leading to speeds on 800 quickly degrading. After all, there only ever will be one 5x5 FD-LTE carrier on ESMR 800. With PCS 1900, I know Sprint can add a second LTE carrier in many locations, and with BRS 2500, well, we've got spectrum to spare for the moment.

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So, to mildly hijack this thread...

 

I know we're just now seeing multiple bands in use with Sprint; have we seen the ability for the network to initiate a handoff from one band to another? In other words, can the network say "Hey, quit connecting to 1900, there's 2500 around you, scan for that already!" or something similar? Will multi-band devices do this on their own?

 

Basically, I would be worried about devices "sticking" on 800 LTE, simply because it's the strongest (and most readily available) signal, and never handing off to 1900 or 2500, even when available, leading to speeds on 800 quickly degrading. After all, there only ever will be one 5x5 FD-LTE carrier on ESMR 800. With PCS 1900, I know Sprint can add a second LTE carrier in many locations, and with BRS 2500, well, we've got spectrum to spare for the moment.

Like AJ said it's up to the device to select which band it gets, however you have to take into account that band 41 will likely be the first priority so when it scans it should attach to it until the signal starts to deteriorate.  

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I saw a document today where Sprint plans to have the network determine your LTE band in certain instances, like heavy traffic, traffic balancing, carrier problem, etc. Your device will pick first, but it may be overridden by the network if it deems it necessary.

 

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