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Cell "Time Without Signal" ~ 50%
On my Evo, I was able to reduce this by running that "Network" App (from market) and setting cdma -auto (prl).
When I try and run the same app on my Epic 4G, it forces close, and doesn't let me change it.
How can I set the network to be cdma- auto (prl) and stop the hunting for he non-existant GSM?
HELP! It's slurping down the battery to the point where it might need to be returned.
- 09-05-2010, 11:12 AM #2
- 09-05-2010, 01:10 PM #3
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- 09-05-2010, 02:35 PM #5
OP -- It's not just you. Looks like there may be a network programming issue that needs addressed by Sprint. Keith Newman is working on a temporary fix, as he has the same issues. I'll holler at him to come visit this threadಠ_ಠ
- 09-05-2010, 03:32 PM #6
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Ok so i just checked my girlfriends Epic and her time w/o signal is at 50% and we have been in the same location where my Evo's time w/o signal is at 0% obviously this is a major problem and causing a lot of unnecessary battery drain. Also I downloaded the "Network" app and tried setting it to CDMA auto PRL but when I exit and return it shows it set to WCDMA (a.k.a. GSM 3G).
I think the problem is that this is a galaxy S phone and all the others are GSM so they have the GSM radios in it by default. Which in itself is not a problem but they need to be turned off. The phone needs to be able to be set to not look for GSM towers. Since the network app won't work nor does *#*#4636#*#* I have no clue as to how this will get fixed w/o a software update from Sprint/Samsung.Please thank me if I have helped!
Current Phone - Sprint GS3
Previous Phone - Evo 3D - Evo 4G
- 09-05-2010, 06:09 PM #7
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- 09-05-2010, 07:13 PM #9
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Edit: I just wanted to clarify that I didn't actually leave flight mode on. Per directions over on the XDA forums, it says to turn flight mode on and then turn it right back off. That resets the radio.
Even though this fixes the problem temporarily, Sprint|Samsung seriously need to come out with an update that will rid problems like these. Hopefully it'll be one soon.
- 09-05-2010, 07:15 PM #10
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- 09-07-2010, 01:33 AM #12
- 09-07-2010, 01:45 AM #13
- 09-07-2010, 01:50 AM #14
It's under "About Phone"->"System Updates" and then choose update Profile and PRL. Supposedly Sprint updates the network and which towers to use, what carriers to roam on, etc and when you update the PRL it can help with the high TWS situation. Yesterday mine was getting 50 and 51% and so I tried it and it worked and instantly went back down.
- 09-07-2010, 03:38 AM #15
- 09-07-2010, 04:22 AM #16Former Android user trying iOS on for size.
- 09-07-2010, 08:10 AM #17
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- 09-07-2010, 08:57 AM #19
One would assume that both companies are aware of this issues, as well as others that will be fixed with Froyo. At this point, it's simply a matter of waiting patiently.Former Android user trying iOS on for size.
- 09-07-2010, 10:28 AM #20
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- 09-07-2010, 11:06 AM #22
I live in Florida but took the Epic to NY for a few days right after I got it. In NY, my time without a signal was less than 2% and the battery got stronger each day I was there with each re-charge(and the radio reset trick each morning). I am back in Florida and so far my time without a signal is 18% and the battery is definitely draining faster.
Ultimately, if this lack of signal strength at my home and work causes the battery to drain to quickly I will need to return my Epic and leave Sprint. This is my first experience with Sprint and will be disappointed to have to part with such an Epic phone.
- 09-07-2010, 11:09 AM #23
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