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    Default Signal Strength Measured...Which represents the stronger signal...-90 or -80 ?

    I'm sure I'm the only one that doesn't know this...but is the lower number, -90 stronger or weaker than the higher number, -80?

    What kind of number could one get standing right next to the cell tower?

    Thanks.
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    -80 is stronger than -90

    dunno about the cell towers question
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    I drove to my local tower last week and got a -50. I expected a -20 or so.
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    lower the better
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    The best (lowest) I believe you can technically get is -50.
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    I used to have -60 to -70 on my Berry and now I have no less then -95 in my home...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kdwg927 View Post
    The best (lowest) I believe you can technically get is -50.
    I think you're right. I can lean against the base of a tower and get no lower then -50.
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    I guess what got me is the term "lower."

    I'm no math expert, but I do know that -90 is lower than -80. But I keep hearing that in terms of signal strength, the -80 is a lower measurement than the -90.

    I now understand that the closer a measurement is to 0, the stronger the signal will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Train View Post
    I guess what got me is the term "lower."
    Correct. The proper answer is that the higher the number, the better the signal. I guess you have to be a mathematician to understand that, though.
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    Wow, thanks, so -50 dbm is good...I was always confused about that. Thanks Android Central...I was about to thank CB.
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    I'm at -89 and shows two bars 3g, and everything seems to run perfectly fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Train View Post
    I'm sure I'm the only one that doesn't know this...but is the lower number, -90 stronger or weaker than the higher number, -80?

    What kind of number could one get standing right next to the cell tower?

    Thanks.
    You will get a pretty much no signal standing next to a tower. I lived right underneath one (probably 200 feet away) for a few months and I never had service til I was about 1000 feet from the tower lol.

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