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    Default The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    So, I finally cracked and bought a GS3 with hopes that it might have at least acceptable reception. After 5 days with the phone, I can say that the reception is junk, just like my last 2 Samsungs (Charge and Galaxy Nexus).

    My house is basically a dead zone for any cell reception and my office for my business is located there as well. So I make and take a lot of calls at home. In the last 5 months, I have dropped MAYBE 2 calls with my Maxx. Never even had any issues with calls breaking up either.

    With the GS3, I basically have to walk outside to make or take a call. And the calls I do take inside are usually breaking up to where I'm running for the door to get outside. Its a shame because I really do love the phone. Its just too bad that it lacks in the department which the device was ultimately created for, being a telephone.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    It sucks you're having issues. It doesn't make matters better for you but I haven't had any signal problems. I got really good reception with my charge and nexus. I never experienced dropped calls.

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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    I can't compare my GNex and GS3...it's night and day. My GNex would drop a call inside my house and struggle to find 3G. My S3 gets 4G inside, and never drops anything.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    I also had a Charge that was a perfect, that was until an OTA they pushed out in June wrecked it. After the OTA I had so many reception problems that I used my upgrade to get the Nexus. Within the first 24 hours with the phone I had to replace the sim card because I had no service at all. Two days after that I had to have the entire phone replaced. After a week of fighting with it and an additional sim card, I returned it. They waived the restocking fee since I had so many issues. I ended up getting the S3 because I had a motorola product, didn't like it, heard and read too many issues with HTC, and was dead set against the iphone. While the reception hasn't been the greatest, it is hands down better than the Nexus. I am on my third sim card and have flashed just the LG7 modem and things have been much better.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    Quote Originally Posted by w00derson View Post
    So, I finally cracked and bought a GS3 with hopes that it might have at least acceptable reception. After 5 days with the phone, I can say that the reception is junk, just like my last 2 Samsungs (Charge and Galaxy Nexus).

    My house is basically a dead zone for any cell reception and my office for my business is located there as well. So I make and take a lot of calls at home. In the last 5 months, I have dropped MAYBE 2 calls with my Maxx. Never even had any issues with calls breaking up either.

    With the GS3, I basically have to walk outside to make or take a call. And the calls I do take inside are usually breaking up to where I'm running for the door to get outside. Its a shame because I really do love the phone. Its just too bad that it lacks in the department which the device was ultimately created for, being a telephone.
    Sucks to be you that you happen to be in the most terrible spots at home and work for cell reception. I guess you have no choice but to use a motorola device.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    I'm in the same situation at my home. My wife says reception is about the same as her HTC Incredible. I've called Verizon and after marking dropped calls for them, they've made some changes at either the towers or their system. It's a slight improvement as I'm not dropping calls like I used to.

    Check out the coverage map on their website, call them to complain about droped calls, mark the dropped calls as they suggest. They may end up cutting you a deal on a signal booster if you're supposed to be getting good coverage.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    Any chance it's that particular phone? My first S3 had bad cell and data reception from the start.
    The replacement has been rock solid, great reception similar to my old Bionic.
    Do you know anyone else with an S3 that could test the area in question?
    Hope you get things worked out.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    Yup it's a Samsung. My HTCs get good reception. The S3 isn't too terrible for me though, but I do notice a bit of a difference.

    OP call Verizon and inform them of your situation, be persistent. They will give you a signal booster you can place in your home/office. This should solve your problem. Or buy one off ebay


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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    I have bad reception as well in areas with a weak signal. My phone constantly drops out of 4G to 1x. It does seem to be a Samsung issue, as I tested a Nexus, my S3, an iPhone 4S and a Razr, and the Samsung phones had the worst signal reading and speeds.

    FWIW, Verizon has said that Samsung is aware of this and working on a patch.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    My GS3 beats my Fascinate by a mile, granted they are both samsung phones, so I may not know what I am missing...
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    My gs3 beats all 4 of my Thunderbolts by a mile. But about the same as my rezound.

    Quote Originally Posted by Forgetful View Post
    Yup it's a Samsung. My HTCs get good reception. The S3 isn't too terrible for me though, but I do notice a bit of a difference.

    OP call Verizon and inform them of your situation, be persistent. They will give you a signal booster you can place in your home/office. This should solve your problem. Or buy one off ebay


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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    Quote Originally Posted by w00derson View Post
    So, I finally cracked and bought a GS3 with hopes that it might have at least acceptable reception. After 5 days with the phone, I can say that the reception is junk, just like my last 2 Samsungs (Charge and Galaxy Nexus).

    My house is basically a dead zone for any cell reception and my office for my business is located there as well. So I make and take a lot of calls at home. In the last 5 months, I have dropped MAYBE 2 calls with my Maxx. Never even had any issues with calls breaking up either.

    With the GS3, I basically have to walk outside to make or take a call. And the calls I do take inside are usually breaking up to where I'm running for the door to get outside. Its a shame because I really do love the phone. Its just too bad that it lacks in the department which the device was ultimately created for, being a telephone.
    It is interesting reading about experiences like yours. My experience with the S3 and the Maxx are completely reversed.

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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    My wife started with the Maxx and then switched to the S3 after she tried mine. Both our S3's have better reception than her Maxx.

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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    I was in the same boat as the OP. I had the RAZR. I sit in the same spot in most of my classes. Never had issues with the RAZR, always got good cell service. Then I got the S3 (first one) and when I went to the same class and sat in the same seat texts would fail to send left and right. Eventually I got a replacement S3 and now I have zero issues.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    My gs3 beats all 4 of my Thunderbolts by a mile. But about the same as my rezound.
    How do you qualify it?

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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    my s3 runs off a network extender at home drops when I drive away, drops three times on 24 mile commute, drops at work in metal building, drops when I arrive back at home to handoff to network, works great everywhere else. I live with it have had nothing else work any better just the area Chapel Hill Tennessee
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    I haven't had any issues with reception on either my Nexus or S3.I do live in a medium strenght 4g area, work in a weak 4g area.I can't remember when the last time I had a dropped call.
    I know its frustrating though for those who have had though

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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    I am really curious to where some of you live because I have had no real issues.

    I work and live in an area that has pretty good coverage as well the buildings I work at have Verizon repeaters. I travel throughout Mass and never ran inyto issues with signal. That being said I have noticed droid devices having better reception ex: our verizon repeater was down and in the basement I had no signal as my co workers on droids were getting some.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    I get absolutely sh***y signal indoors but awesome signal outside. My t-mo s3 coworkers get awesome signal outside and indoors and they laugh at my Verizon S3.
    Really sucks when you only get one day of battery life from sending a few texts because my phone is constantly searching for signal, switching between 3g and 1x all day at work. Can't even use my data since I can't connect to the network.

    ..Atleast if makes me focus on work than playing on my phone.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    Sorry to hear the problems. However, signal strength has always been a very person/location specific thing.

    My GSIII seems to have signal strength just as good (and better in the case of wifi reception) as my previous Moto phone.

    -Suntan
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    Its not really a joke. The joke is that after already owning 2 Samsung devices that had bad reception in your area, then getting the Maxx that really gave you no problems, you go back to Samsung knowing the fact, that they don't work in your area!!!! That's the joke.

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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    Quote Originally Posted by anthony2558 View Post
    Its not really a joke. The joke is that after already owning 2 Samsung devices that had bad reception in your area, then getting the Maxx that really gave you no problems, you go back to Samsung knowing the fact, that they don't work in your area!!!! That's the joke.

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    Bam! Haha

    OP, move.
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    Quote Originally Posted by Suntan View Post
    Sorry to hear the problems. However, signal strength has always been a very person/location specific thing.

    My GSIII seems to have signal strength just as good (and better in the case of wifi reception) as my previous Moto phone.

    -Suntan
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    Quote Originally Posted by anthony2558 View Post
    Its not really a joke. The joke is that after already owning 2 Samsung devices that had bad reception in your area, then getting the Maxx that really gave you no problems, you go back to Samsung knowing the fact, that they don't work in your area!!!! That's the joke.

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    In that case we all best watch out for all the S4 on system chips like Motorola, hTC and LG are using. Who would of thunk Samsung replacing all hardware and still not on par with the Razr or Rezounds signal. My son works in a VZW store and has customers complaining about signal with the Razr M running the same chip.
    Hate to blow up your joke, but No Joke!
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    Default Re: The GS3 signal reception is a joke. Should have known, its a Samsung

    I've had poor reception with a range of phones, two BlackBerries, one Motorola Droid 2, and now an HTC Incredible 2. In fact, the DI2 goes out of service at my house when I remove the case. VZW keeps telling me I should have good coverage at home and at work. Not true. And I rarely get 3G speeds at the office. The kick in the pants is that all the AT&T phones in the building get great reception. Go figure.
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