I use the FP4 for 1 month and I can say the quality of the 4G/5G signal is bad.
Especially the Upload is very often at my home at 2MB where with a pixel 4a or old phone it was consistntely at 10MB . I also often get things I didn t see while in cities for a while like the Edge signal.
For example at lunch there was 6 persons at the Montpellier coworking in a place where signal was clearely not optimal…BUT the 5 persons could go on internet with Iphones and android phones much older than mine.
WIth fairphone I had NO internet network at all. After trying 5 times to check google I gave up.
With my pixel 4a using SIGNAL video conferencing I never had an issue when I am in the center of my appartement.
With Fairphone 4 everyone tells me they don t hear me when I am not close to a window !
This is very consistent with the bad upload…when I have video on, no one hear me !
4G / 5G doesn t make any difference on free mobile…maybe because of my provider.
Speed test with optimal signal close to a window on a sunny day. I would get 8-10MB all the time with pixela 4a and Samsung A3 2017 :
I even noticed that regular cellular phone call people don t hear me when I am in the middle of my small apartement. Don t remember , even with the very first GSM phones beeing in such low quality regular calls.
Another speed test in the middle of the street with full 4G reception on a sunny day this afternoon. I just get 5MB UPLOAD. Never seen this on 4G (with pixel 4a would be 60MB down and min 10MB UP in those kind of scenarios) :
SAR /DAS : is not different from samsungs. Anyhow a phone that can t handle regular phone call like in 1998 is a problem to me Thks for the link to noise cancelation, but I don t believe It is my main problem, since I am always in quite places with loud speaker. Everything points in the direction of signal quality, both 4G and regular GSM signal quality.
For me, it was or is important to say, that not the HW (modem) of FP4 can be the problem in general…
I don’t think it will get any better for you either, only if you do dozens of speed tests.
I’m assuming you can’t avoid an RMA
Or you still have the opportunity to test it with another SIM card (from a friend).
Oura ! thanks a lot @FairphoneHulk , it is very helfull !
This means that there is hope for me to have Fairephone 4 to work like yours! I didn t noticed that you had another OS.
Also for now I d rather have FP resolve their software issue quickely… let see if next software update solves it. If not I ll send this phone back. Because I spent weeks uplading account and soft on this little guy…its a pain to send ti back .
It is very interesting since you have the same phone and software as me.
I really have a buggy phone Or a phone that doesn t work on Free Mobile France (3rd network provider here). I am going in Madrid spain next week…will see if its terrible aswell on roaming with another network…
Now I am in Spain on vodafone, I get ridiculous signal upload and download aswell .
As in France on Free Mobile sometime I have no internet data in the middle of the city or in a restaurant where eveyrone else is on his phone chatting. :
Never had a problem with Free in 15 years. Was managing 60mB Down and 15 MB up constantely with Pixel 4a on Free Mobile at home ( 30Mb with Samsung a3 2017)…as explained in this thread.
If you read the last comment it is not working on vodafone Spain 4 G in center madrid …so it doesn t seem to be a network problem at all.
Sorry in parallel I am trying to reach the support since the 19th of Mai .
I had an answer today, and thought this message arriving in my email was from the support .
Anyway , maybe I ll have a FP4 that works one day …who knows
After 2 weeks I get a generic email like this (previous was sorry for not answering!) :