Not everyone has received their Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon yet, but to the lucky group who have you may be having some difficulty in figuring out how to turn off the 4G LTE network, as it isn’t as straight forward as you might have expected.
The AT&T version of the device has no such problem, but Verizon has decided that users can have no say on whether the 4G LTE can be toggled on or off. However, if you are not in a 4G LTE area or just want to conserve precious battery life, this argument is void and you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a way to disable 4G LTE.
Turning off 4G LTE on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is no problem, but for some reason the option to do this on the Verizon Galaxy S3 isn’t included. Some of you may be familiar with the system code *#*#4636#*#* which brings up a variety of internal options, but this doesn’t work either.
Fortunately, the guys over at Droid-Life have pointed us in the direction of an app called Phone Info which will be able to help you in turning off 4G LTE on the Galaxy S3. It’s a free download from the Google Play store and by selecting the “CDMA auto (PRL)” setting under device information, you’ll be able to set your phone to 3G only and obviously save a lot of battery life in the process.
You should be able to switch back to 4G LTE freely if you desire, but it once again points the finger at Verizon, on how they decided to remove this feature from the S3 when it was included in the Galaxy Nexus. After the controversy surrounding the locked bootloader, is this another piece of evidence that they simply don’t trust consumers in tampering with the device’s network?
Let us know if you have been having problems switching between 3G and 4G on your new phone.
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