At my home (zip code 98922), my phone will occasionally connect to the Extended LTE network, but will invariable switch back to the 1x Network.
Here is an example, I reboot my phone and it's connected to LTE.
A few minutes later it's switched back to 1x:
I see that the 1x signal strength is better, is that the only measure used to decide to switch? I'd prefer the higher speed - 1x is useless. Anyone know of a magic incantation to force the phone to stay locked to the LTE network?
as you move around the house the signal changes from construction type, wall, appliances, etc.
i'd suggest a wi-fi extender if you have wi-fi.
I'm not moving around the house. The phone switches all by itself when laying on the desk.
I'm paying Verizon for cellular data, so I would like to get what I am paying for.
Many variables can cause your signal to change like that. You are still getting service (you are never guaranteed to get top speed data at all times because too much can interfere with that). If the issue only happens in your home or building you are in then the issue is isolated and not necessarily a Verizon caused issue. You may need an extender. Not really the answer you want to hear but it may be something to consider. This is assuming you have tried all troubleshooting with Verizon tech support to rule out other possible issues
There is also the option to turn on Wi-Fi Calling, since you do have a compatible phone. If the home Internet service at your house is not fast enough to use the 4G LTE Network Extender, but has at least 1-2 Mbps for download and upload speeds, you will be able to use it. It will also save you money.