I just got my incredible today. Great phone and almost makes me feel as though Im cheating on my blackberry. . anyhow, in places i would get 5 bars on my BB, im getting like 2 or 1...in and out of 3g. In the hospital I work in, they put cell signal boosters for verizon phones only because they have a partnership with them. with my BB, if i was in the OR, i would have 5 bars 3g...i was only getting 1-2 mmmaaayybbbeeee 3 and going in and out of 3g. Issue?
- 08-12-2010, 12:11 AM #2
- 08-12-2010, 04:31 AM #3
Seems like the bars are not as synced with the actual numbers on the incredible .For example on my old Blackberry 8330 my signal number would show -80dBm and 5 bars when my Incredible shows -80dBm it shows 2 to 3 bars.The DX signal when -80dBm shows 5 bars .
I did have a signal issue when I first got my Incredible and called vzw they checked out what PRL I had and said I was on the wrong one and actually switched it for me , or so they said , ha
They said it would take maybe 24 hrs to kick in. I dont know about all that but I do know ever since my signal as the same is with the DX and about same as blackberry was , sometimes better even.
- 08-12-2010, 06:44 AM #4
Just got back from tech support at our local Verizon store and he did something that has definitely helped my reception(Bars are the same but reception is better)! He went to phone and dialed *#*#4636#*#* this brings up a screen that includes Phone Info. At this point click Menu then select Radio Band, a force quit screen pops up(this is normal) click ok then scroll down to CDMA Auto then hit Home! Reboot! That's it!
- 08-12-2010, 06:45 AM #5
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- 08-12-2010, 08:58 AM #7
Apple's antennagate prompted me to ignore bar comparison and compare signal strength instead. I compared my Incredible (0-2 bars) with my GFs BB Curve (4-5 bars) and the signal strength was identical (-89dBm).
This suggests the bar algorithm on each phone is different. As such just looking at bars is not a consistent comparison. Hope this helped.
- 08-12-2010, 10:49 PM #9
- 08-12-2010, 11:31 PM #10
You guys do realize with a digital cellular system 1 versus 5 bars means nothing right? With digital it either works or doesn't. It's not analog where you have static, distortion, etc etc. Instead of worrying about bars think of how many calls you have dropped. If none, then why worry??
for me, its a pet-peeve. everyone has one, right? I did download "True Signal" and yes, youre absolutely right, 1 bar on the native signal reader is 4-5 on True Signal. Ive had a BB for so long that when it says 5 Bars, it shows exactly that. Although I DID do that *#*#4636#*#* and that definitely helped.
- 08-13-2010, 07:19 AM #12
- 08-13-2010, 10:25 AM #13
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Another way to improve reception is to update roaming. Here are the instructions from Verizon:
1. Power on your Verizon Wireless phone.
2. Dial *228 from your home digital coverage area, followed by the SEND key.
3. When prompted, press option #2, to update your phones roaming capabilities (This process may take up to 2 minutes).
4. Once completed, a confirmation message will be played, and a message will display on the phone screen.
- 08-13-2010, 03:56 PM #14
- 08-13-2010, 04:23 PM #15
Try this app: "Real Signal"
Set your 5 bar setting at -80Dbm
4bar @ 90dbm
3 bars @ 95dbm
2 bars @ 100dbm
1 bar @ 105dbm
- 08-13-2010, 05:05 PM #16
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- 08-17-2010, 10:07 AM #24
Sometimes resetting the antenna preference (the "4636 routine") can cause the phone to switch to EVDO Rev. 0 mode when it should be in Rev. A (Menu, Settings, About Phone, Network, Mobile Network Type) -- ie, you know Rev A is available, but consistently only get Rev. 0. If that happens, first try rebooting, and if that doesn't work, do the 4636 routine again (precisely as outlined above, selecting CDMA auto...).
- 08-17-2010, 10:11 AM #25