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Is 3G coverage getting worse?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by tpoltron, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. tpoltron

    tpoltron Member

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    A couple years ago we drove our 2014 Model S from San Jose to Yellowstone (1100 miles one way) and were impressed with how it streamed music over 3G almost the entire way. Last weekend I swear we had more total dropouts driving just a couple hundred miles to Tahoe. Has anyone else noticed a coverage reduction? I’m wondering if 3G antennas/bands/frequencies are being swapped to LTE?
     
  2. scottycs

    scottycs Member

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    Yes, 3G will be eventually discontinued. I had to get the modem (3G to 3g+) in my audi upgraded because it no longer worked in most areas. Luckily, audi covered the cost.
     
  3. mburnet6

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    AT&T already stopped allowing new 3G devices and began "re-farming" 3G sites to build out LTE sites a couple of years ago. Verizon has already announced it's end of life date for 3G (Dec 2019) so it's only a matter of time before the other carriers follow suit. Knowing AT&T though, they'll drag their heels and won't officially give an end of life date and hope that everyone just switches to LTE so they can quietly end it.
     
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  4. jeffro01

    jeffro01 Active Member

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    In short, yes. Technology is always moving forward...

    Jeff
     
  5. cmalinowski

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    I think I'm good with it. I'm surprised every now and then when I'm sure I see the dreaded "e" for edge. Thought that was long dead.

    Chris
     
  6. flyeyes

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    I think it's getting much worse.

    I've pretty much gone to streaming music from my phone rather than the car, so that part's not a problem. The maps though are an issue. I've had times i wanted to zoom in to find a street, and have nothing but grey tiles, waiting for coverage.
     
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  7. Barry

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    I haven't noticed any difference.
     
  8. neroden

    neroden Model S Owner and Frustrated Tesla Fan

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    I have no 3G service in my car (and as such, the nav map doesn't work at all, it's all grey). I will have to check with Tesla to see whether it's the car's modem or the local 3G (lack of) service. Thankfully, I'm old-fashioned enough that I own maps.
     
  9. taminatorv

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    For me, the streaming music cuts out even when I have a full strength 3G signal. It seems like music is a pretty low priority to Tesla these days.
     
  10. Bobasaurus

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    I have not noticed any difference.
     

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