April 11th, 2011, 03:36 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Device(s): Samsung Fascinate
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Cell Connectivity Tracker App
Since I have a Fascinate, I was looking for an application that would log my cell/signal activity. This would hopefully give me some proof that my phone (the Fascinate in general) was experiencing very poor cell signals which also contribute to very poor battery life.
I found "Cell Connectivity Tracker".
This applications records the various cell network and data connection information for your phone. It helps to show why your Android phone is switching cell towers and connections types (3G to 2G, back to 3G, etc).
Using it, you can track what cell towers you are connecting to, the strength of the signal, etc and try to determine the parameters that the phone uses to switch cell towers. It was written for GSM phones. It works on CDMA phones as well, but the testing on CDMA phones is thus far limited.
The application is just what I was looking for. It's very basic, but captures Signal Strength Changes, Cell Location Changes and Service State Changes. My phone is constantly changing from -101(dBm) and -106(dBm), constantly jumping from Cell Locations and reporting Physical Link Down. My TWAS (Time without a signal) is currently 46% for 4h 11m. So my phone has been without signal for almost 2 hours.
I'm also less than 1/2 mile from a VZW tower.
I wonder if other Fascinate users would also see the same issues that I am capturing?
It's in the Market, so give it a try if you want and report back. It does eat the battery, so run it only when you want to capture some logs.