Hi again, everyone. I’ve been experimenting with the Moto e4 I got yesterday. It has a GSM SIM card. I’m trying to figure out whether its call quality/range/etc. are approximately as good as my Nexus 5X (on the same GSM network – Project Fi uses T-Mobile, and I think RW does too?). I travel a lot, so I want to decide – in the remaining 11 days of trial period – whether to keep the E4 and RW, or go back to the 5X and Fi for call quality that I know is good.
I can’t drive along a road and simultaneously use both the E4 and 5X to compare their coverage. (I would set the 5X to “T-Mobile only” so it wouldn’t switch to CDMA. And my E4 GSM SIM only uses T-Mobile, eh? So I think it would be a fair comparison.)
One thing I’ve noticed is that – here at home, sitting in the same place – while my old Nexus 5x (from Google Project Fi) gets a steady 4 bars of signal from T-Mobile, the Moto e4 (T-Mobile, correct?) gets anywhere between a quickly-changing one bar to four bars. I understand that the number of bars doesn’t necessarily equal call quality… but it might tell me why the call sounds lousy and/or whether it’s about to drop.
When there’s WiFi, RW prefers that. But my WiFi isn’t great, and the cell service (at one bar) may not be great. I could just shut off WiFi to force the E4 to use cell. But, if that makes my call more likely to drop, the person I’m talking to won’t appreciate it! (And it means I won’t have WiFi for data.) So how can I evaluate the quality of the cell service? Here’s an idea:
While I’m on a call, the top of my screen shows both the WiFi and cell signal strengths. But it doesn’t seem to show whether the call is going via WiFi or cell service at the moment. It seems that I can pull down the Notification Area and the Republic app will say whether I’m connected to WiFi or cell. But I’d like to stay on the phone screen, not be constantly flipping back to see the current notifications.
Maybe I’m missing something, but… is there any way to have a real-time icon at the top of the screen that shows whether the phone is calling via WiFi or cell? (My old T-Mobile phone would add a blue phone icon during WiFi calling.) This might help me during times I’m getting bad call quality (or a dropped call): is it due to the WiFi or the cell connection?
Of course, I’d be glad to hear of better ways to figure out whether one bar or so of cell service will usually be reliable. Thanks, as always!