Bad LTE with Orange (France)


This is sad but I guess that the FP3 has a bad LTE antenna
I’ve been running multiple nperf and speedtest to find out that on various places, the FP3 doesn’t work as well as I would expect. I’m telling this only to point out something important we don’t often check when buying a phone. Most of the time, the FP3 will work pretty well, but the bad antenna can make a difference on some places

For example for today’s various tests, I had a download speed of about

30-40 mbit/sec on FP3
80-90 mbit/sec on Samsung Galaxy S9+

At my home it is most of the time

15-20 mbit/sec for FP3
30-40 mbit/sec for Galaxy S9+

Of course 30mbit/sec is enough… where I am ! but on some places it can drop down, it will depend. And as I said, most of the time for my way of living it is enough. But the difference is here, and it can be pretty bad for some people.

And I guess this is not due to a missing frequency. Orange is, as I remember, well supported by Fairphone

This said, continue doing your good work. I hope it will improve in the future with new models. I know that Xiaomi also has bad antenna for devices I’ve tested, so Fairphone are not the only ones

PS this was tested with both /e/ and original firmware

Two things to note:

a) Samsung S9 is a far more advanced phone spec wise and
b) The receiver may be able to process the signal quicker

so it may not be the antenna

Who needs 5G? Samsung Galaxy S9 hits stunning 1Gbps speeds in ‘4.9G’ tests

  • CPU – Octa Core 4×2.8GHz Kryo 385 + 4×1.8GHz Kryo 385 CPU Clock
  • Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 64-bit processor

You say Orange, have you tested other networks?


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