I'm in the sticks for a while, well over an hour from a Verizon store (or even a mall kiosk), so I can't just run down and check. I'm travelling a lot and the reception on my GNex is a bit annoying when I'm in areas with marginal coverage. I've heard the Note 2 is surprisingly good and I'm hoping the Note 3 continues that trend.
New VZW user here with the Note 3 --- came over from Sprint.
For what it's worth, I kind of live in an suburban to rural area and thought the VZ service might be marginally better than Sprint where I live, which sucks for service. Or so I thought.
Got the Note 3 home and noticed a huge improvement in service and dl speeds. Excellent. Was thinking I might have to settle for mediocre service since my friend's GS3 only gets a couple bars here, but my Note 3 kicks butt where I live.
I had to return mine for poor reception issues. Other Verizon customers could be right next to me with a 4G LTE signal and I would get 1X or no service. This only happened in fringe signal areas or inside a building. If the GN3 had a strong cell signal from the tower it was fine. When I would get into marginal areas, it would fail miserably. I would have exchanged it for another sample, but I read of too many other individuals complaining of the weak reception issue as well. Just Google: "Samsung Galaxy Note 3 signal" and you'll get quite a few hits with other owners having the same issue. I went back to my Droid Bionic for now. It's a signal magnet. In the same places the GN3 would get 1X or no service, I can maintain 4G LTE.