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    Default Do you really think software updates will fix reception issues??

    So I am in Bloomington MN walking through the Mall of America with my new SIII. Now mind you, I am not in any stores, just in open areas. Throughout the entire mall, I have little to NO reception. As I post this, I am sitting in my home in Bloomington with off and on 4G and at times no reception at all. This is by far the best phone I have had, minus the reception issue which is HUGE, so I hate to return it. But damn...........Any thoughts?
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    I am getting receptions in a hotel and work (Chicago) that I was not getting with my Droid last week. I couldn't make calls last week from the hotel and had intermittent data access at work. This week with 4G I am fine in both locations. Loving my S3!
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    I'm wondering if some phones have faulty radios. I work in Fridley, and get speeds around1-2 mbps on 4g. At home in Minneapolis, where I used to get 15+ mbps downloads with my Thunderbolt (and where my wife gets similar speeds with her S3), I still only get 5 mbps, with occasional drops. If my wife wasn't having good results, I'd think it might be a software thing, but as it stands, I'm thinking its the phone itself.
    Give me enough time and I'll think of something clever...
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    I have had great signal strength and no call or data issues so far, I am about 2 hrs south of Atlanta and close to lower part of the 4G area. I also have compared one of my coworkers Moto Razr running ICS and we are within 1db of each other. Speedtest.net is showing me 19-25 Mbps down and 11-18 Mbps up on different days and times.
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    I've been following threads for a bit over the sIII and I just stopped in at my Verizon store where they had two on display I went into settings and checked the signal strength and here is what I'm showing then I did a screen shot of my Rezound signal strength and it goes to show the Samsung radios are just not up to par no matter what specs are and all them goodies if the radio isn't good what good is the phone except for bragging rights the secon pic should be of my Rezound signal.

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    I live in rosemount, mn and though i have not been to the MOA yet with this phone i have had no issues at all. I drove through bloomington last weekend with no issues either. I actually pick up better reception in my local target that my rezound would lose connection in all the time. My rezound had no issues at the MOA so i assume my S3 would be even better. Sorry yojr having issues. Maybe i need to tell my SIL we need to go to the MOA to test it. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jphillips63 View Post
    I've been following threads for a bit over the sIII and I just stopped in at my Verizon store where they had two on display I went into settings and checked the signal strength and here is what I'm showing then I did a screen shot of my Rezound signal strength and it goes to show the Samsung radios are just not up to par no matter what specs are and all them goodies if the radio isn't good what good is the phone except for bragging rights the secon pic should be of my Rezound signal.

    sent from my HTC Rezound using Tapatalk 2
    is your rez on ics? if not, then the readings are not comparable as your rez is reading cdma signal, not lte signal.
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    Yes I'm on ICS

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    Yes I'm on ICS

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    good, then use the Android Signal app on both phones in the same location and orientation. Then you can get an accurate comparison.

    Having said that, the gs3 signal isn't as good as my Rez, but it is very close, and WAY better than my HTC Thunderbolt.
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    Having just come from the rezound, i honestly dont think you can compare phones by what they say their signal strength is. My rezound was always losing data, the network was always going out. I could never call from inside some stores. I have been able to get a better signal keep the network up and make calls from inside the same stores i couldnt before. Maybe ICS made it better on the rezound but with gingerbread it sucked.

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    No issues here, great reception here in CA
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    I was across from MOA last Friday, at TGIF, sitting deep in the bar and speedtest.net reported 32/20!

    The first day I had the phone was disappointing reception wise. But something changed. Maybe it heard me talking about returning it.

    Been fine ever since.

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    I am facing the same decession. I love the phone but after comparing it to a htc thunderbold and mot razr have decided the samsung radios are just a notch below mot and htc. I hate to snd it back.

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    My co-worker with the S3 on T-Mo gets full signal here, while I'm struggling to even get a single 4g/3g signal.

    Maybe its something with Verizon and this phone?
    Not a good feeling when T-Mo gets better signal than Verizon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jphillips63 View Post
    I've been following threads for a bit over the sIII and I just stopped in at my Verizon store where they had two on display I went into settings and checked the signal strength and here is what I'm showing then I did a screen shot of my Rezound signal strength and it goes to show the Samsung radios are just not up to par no matter what specs are and all them goodies if the radio isn't good what good is the phone except for bragging rights the secon pic should be of my Rezound signal.

    sent from my HTC Rezound using Tapatalk 2
    How do you check the signal strength in settings? i can't find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DianeR View Post
    How do you check the signal strength in settings? i can't find it.
    Menu > Settings > About Phone (this is all the way at the bottom) .. after you get into that screen, there should be a -(#) dbm value
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    I too am in MN with no issues. In fact, I was up in Duluth this weekend with my gnex and my S3 and while camping at Spirit Mountain, my gnex would only get 3G and my S3 was pulling down 4G.

    Maybe you have a bad device?
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    I'm in MN, too, but in the sticks (west of Brainerd) and I had to exchange my S3 for the Razr Maxx because of the poor reception. We don't get 4G where we're at and the S3 was awful (we live in a fringe area). In areas with good coverage, reception was fine though, but if I can't make a call or keep a data connection at my house then the phone is worthless to me.
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    I am at 92 and my gnex was always at 102-115

    What does the asu number mean? Mine is on 2 right now and I have seen it on 1 aso
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    Quote Originally Posted by laurel25 View Post
    I'm in MN, too, but in the sticks (west of Brainerd) and I had to exchange my S3 for the Razr Maxx because of the poor reception. We don't get 4G where we're at and the S3 was awful (we live in a fringe area). In areas with good coverage, reception was fine though, but if I can't make a call or keep a data connection at my house then the phone is worthless to me.
    I drove up to Moorhead last weekend but stayed in Alexandria at my hubby's grandparents and had great reception all the way up. It did change to 3G sometimes but still was great! At the grandparents cabin in Alex which is off of lake ida which is kind of out there I had 4G. I was shocked lol
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    I think there were definitely some bad SIM registration or bad phones with S3 causing reception issues for some folks.

    Otherwise GS3 seems to be just right up there with Razr and Rezound on reception even in fringe areas. Actually even better when it comes to 3G/4G switching and no random data drops. And please stop judging them by looking at only bars/dbm numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdroids View Post
    I think there were definitely some bad SIM registration or bad phones with S3 causing reception issues for some folks.

    Otherwise GS3 seems to be just right up there with Razr and Rezound on reception even in fringe areas. Actually even better when it comes to 3G/4G switching and no random data drops. And please stop judging them by looking at only bars/dbm numbers.
    Have to disagree with you on this one. Feedback in the forums seems mixed thus far and my own practical experience between the RAZR and GS3 has shown that the RAZR held a better signal than the S3.

    Signal isn't as good as I would like it to be, but not a deal breaker since the S3 is the best overall phone VZW has to offer right now.
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    i have been testing all three devices for two days and i can tell you my s3 is dang near just as good as my wifes rezound and my friends razr . i have always stuck with moto for the radios but so far im totally content with this device . even in the fring areas where the razr and the rezound normally are the best i cant honestly say there any better than MY s3 . maybe i am one of the lucky ones that got a good one for a change ! and I can say for sure that im not seeing the random data drops i was always getting with my Maxx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chevyman29 View Post
    i have been testing all three devices for two days and i can tell you my s3 is dang near just as good as my wifes rezound and my friends razr . i have always stuck with moto for the radios but so far im totally content with this device . even in the fring areas where the razr and the rezound normally are the best i cant honestly say there any better than MY s3 . maybe i am one of the lucky ones that got a good one for a change ! and I can say for sure that im not seeing the random data drops i was always getting with my Maxx.
    I have also had no random data drops... Well any at all. My rezound was always dropping data and the transition from 4G to 3G sucked! There would be times I couldn't do anything till it finally dropped down to 3G in some areas! Half the time I would have to manually do it! Was not fun!
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    Exactly ^^^ . and another thing i have noticed is even though the rezound and the maxx will say 4g in the fring areas as soon as you try to use it it drops to no G's and want do nothing for awhile till they finally swap to 3G or 1X whereas the s3 just goes on to 3G or 1x almost immediatly and keeps on working .
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