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Old February 21st, 2012, 10:49 AM   #101 (permalink)
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While I always thought the Eris was a nice little phone, albeit a little slow, after 2 years it was finally time to upgrade it (got tired of hearing the g/f complain about it). Jumped on the BOGO offer VZW had for the Droid RAZR and couldn't be happier. Battery life kinda sucks, but it's about the same as the Eris was, but with a much much larger screen and far greater performance. Best part is she's finally happy with her phone now.

I'll still hang onto the Eris for a portable music device though as it will work perfectly well for that.
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Thanks guys. My biggest hesitation with the Nexus is the signal issues people are reporting. I live in a dead zone. Every Verizon phone I have ever had drops every call in my house (if it rings at all). I deal with it and accept that I have to use my landline, but I don't want to pay a lot of money for a shiny new phone that I can't use at home. Wifi will of course work.

May have to bite the bullet and get one of those network extenders. Honestly, I feel Verizon should just give me one. I pay them a lot of money every month for a service I don't get.
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Does the big V offer wifi telephony like t mobile on their galaxy s2? If that is an option on a newer phone for you maybe you wouldn't have to suffer at home.
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Thanks guys. My biggest hesitation with the Nexus is the signal issues people are reporting. I live in a dead zone. Every Verizon phone I have ever had drops every call in my house (if it rings at all). I deal with it and accept that I have to use my landline, but I don't want to pay a lot of money for a shiny new phone that I can't use at home. Wifi will of course work.

May have to bite the bullet and get one of those network extenders. Honestly, I feel Verizon should just give me one. I pay them a lot of money every month for a service I don't get.
Try the RAZR over the Nexus if you have signal problems. The reception I get on my RAZR is even better than my Droid 1 was. The Eris we had would only get 1-2 bars inside the house, our new phones get half to full bars pretty much anywhere now.
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Thanks guys. My biggest hesitation with the Nexus is the signal issues people are reporting. I live in a dead zone. Every Verizon phone I have ever had drops every call in my house (if it rings at all). I deal with it and accept that I have to use my landline, but I don't want to pay a lot of money for a shiny new phone that I can't use at home. Wifi will of course work.

May have to bite the bullet and get one of those network extenders. Honestly, I feel Verizon should just give me one. I pay them a lot of money every month for a service I don't get.
I thought I've heard a few folks say that they've gotten VZW to provide them with an extender, but I'm sure it helps if you can prove your case (i.e., known bad signal area) and/or how nice a customer service rep is (and probably your history with VZW, etc.). Can't hurt to ask .

Also, regarding signal strength, I've done signal strength comparisons with radio updates (before/after) that I've received for my Galaxy Nexus and previously with the Droid X (and everyone knows that Motorola is famous for the quality of their radios and the DX is no exception):

[CDMA][Radio][Bootloader]4.0.2 to 4.0.4 Radio patches and bootloader

Unscientific Droid X .596 v .602 radio comparison

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Location       .596 radio     .602 radio
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basement          -88            -87
main level        -80            -80
up-front          -82            -83
up-back           -82            -81
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Location          EK04/EK05 (4.0.2)  FA02/FA02 (4.0.4)
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basement 3G            -93                -93
basement 4G            -93 (3G*)          -93 (3G*)

main level 1 3G        -83                -83
main level 1 4G        -111               -109

main level 2 3G        -83                -93
main level 2 4G        -119 **           -118 **

up-front 3G            -93                -93
up-front 4G            -108               -93

up-back 4G             -93                -93
up-back 4G             -114               -93

 * - mode auto-switched down to 3G
** - no bars at all (probably no real signal)
Note: all of these readings were taken from exactly the same spots in my house.

So, there are differences--the question being how these deltas translate into signal loss or dropped-calls, etc. (I've had zero dropped calls on either phone).

Hope this helps .

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I've heard on the radio that people have gotten Verizon to supply the repeaters for free. It might take a few calls before you get the right rep. It doesn't hurt to mention that you are going to upgrade and might have to switch providers. Don't waste too much time with the first person you talk to. The call has to be escalated before you get a rep that can help you.
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i am and i still use the Htc Vogue touch with hacked android rom . I am Dumping Verizion because of their outragious price 160 dollars a month for a moto razr no text or data and this stinking eris . GOT GREAT NEWS FOR THE RIPP OFFS .. i AN PORTING TO vIRGIN MOBILE just bought two Lg optimious v's for 20 bucks and Virgin mobile has unlimited text and data and 300 voice mins for 35 bucks period a month .. i will save 90 dollars and get ten times as much service . alsi i use GROOVE ip so all calls are FREE using wif or data and no mins will be used . plus you can get all this unlimited voice for 55 a month . great deal and the Lg is rootable and comes stock with 2.2 and wifi tether .And one more thing there is a Sense Rom with the cool animted weather home screen just like HTC's
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Well, I'm finally on my last month with my Eris. I will be pretty sad to see it go. Well, at least not use it everyday. Its been a pretty good run. Then again, I still use my Nokia phone from 2 years ago, so I'll probably find a use for it.
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Well, I'm finally on my last month with my Eris. I will be pretty sad to see it go. Well, at least not use it everyday. Its been a pretty good run. Then again, I still use my Nokia phone from 2 years ago, so I'll probably find a use for it.
Hello Demache. We don't see your user name in threads around the forums often enough anymore.

Finally upgrading? If so, to which device? I'll guess RAZR Maxx.
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Hello Demache. We don't see your user name in threads around the forums often enough anymore.

Finally upgrading? If so, to which device? I'll guess RAZR Maxx.
Nice to know I'm still welcome around here. I sort of stopped coming regularly once the Eris forums started dying down. I still miss summer of '10. That was a really exciting time around here, with all the "this phone is terrible threads" alongside the new root discoveries. That was back when my new post counter would reach into the hundreds, rather than barely make it into the double digits. *ah nostalgia*

I'm still not sold on what phone to get. I've been heavily looking at the Galaxy Nexus, but I'm not limiting myself to any one phone. Why hurry? I still have a month to think about it. And anything will be an improvement performance wise over my Eris.
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I vote Nexus. I can't imagine a better phone. Obviously, they will keep getting better but I'm super pleased with it at this point. Just my 2 cents.
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I'm hooked on Sense. I have 15 months to go on my Incredible 2 but it's fun to watch the Eris folks move to new phones.
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I'm still not sold on what phone to get. I've been heavily looking at the Galaxy Nexus, but I'm not limiting myself to any one phone. Why hurry? I still have a month to think about it. And anything will be an improvement performance wise over my Eris.
Bberry makes a good point about those just now leaving the Eris: sense.

So, a nice shiny new Rezound, eh?

But you're right, impulse buying makes for a sad boy. Taking plenty of time makes a happy boy, or girl.
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Bberry makes a good point about those just now leaving the Eris: sense.

So, a nice shiny new Rezound, eh?

But you're right, impulse buying makes for a sad boy. Taking plenty of time makes a happy boy, or girl.
Rezound makes Sense, huh?
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Just how much of a pain is it to re-activate the Eris?

I have been using it as an mp3/robot chicken player at the gym, and have been having the urge to run it as my phone again.

I am VERY happy with my DInc2, as many have stated it is like it is a "perfected Eris", but I miss the little guy still.

I just want to use it for a couple weeks or so, then go back to my DInc2.

Is it as easy as it should be? Call vz and BAM, switched?
Just call and in 10 -15 minutes your done.

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Retired it yesterday. I will miss the little Eris.

Thanks to all the devs out there that made the puny little Eris so kick ass.
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Got mine off Craigslist. Backup til julyish. so much better than a blackberry tour
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I still play with my old ADR6200, but I made the mistake of factory-resetting it. Now I can't reactivate it without rendering my SIM card useless. I might get my girlfriend the Rhyme when she is ready to upgrade, so we can use that as a test base and see what she thinks. Then I can set it up as a Wifi-only device. I would like to have my Eris at work to use as a tiny spreadsheet-based calculator, so if anyone knows how to get it going again without having to activate it as a phone, let me know.
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I still play with my old ADR6200, but I made the mistake of factory-resetting it. Now I can't reactivate it without rendering my SIM card useless. I might get my girlfriend the Rhyme when she is ready to upgrade, so we can use that as a test base and see what she thinks. Then I can set it up as a Wifi-only device. I would like to have my Eris at work to use as a tiny spreadsheet-based calculator, so if anyone knows how to get it going again without having to activate it as a phone, let me know.
Usually you can let it start the activation dial and then immediately disconnect it. It will try two more times, and then give up and proceed with a WiFi setup.

There is also a way by entering the ##778 menu. See Need help getting pass the activation
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Wow, how about that, another reply on this old thread! I've been using my Eris continually since I got it in January 2010. I rather like the size, I find the DInc2 to be oversized (never mind that outrageous Thunderbolt). I also rather like the Sense interface. The only new phone that really made me look twice is the Rhyme. Laugh if you want, it's a nice size, and the included dock thingy is kinda cool. Aside from my current problems with the Market (see other thread in the Root forum), I'm still perfectly happy with my Eris and with xtrSense. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And my Eris does all the things I want it to. I find myself wondering just how long one of these phones will last, if put to the test. A decade? We'll see...
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I activated my Eris a while ago to email myself something off the sdcard. It was surprisingly snappy. I do prefer the bigger screen and memory on the Incredible 2.
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I am still using a rooted Eris and it has been a good phone BUT, I miss a keyboard and I want to be able to connect to an external GPS so I have ordered a Motorola Droid 2 Global (about 90.00). I am not looking forward to the increased size and weight.
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Nice to know I'm still welcome around here. I sort of stopped coming regularly once the Eris forums started dying down. I still miss summer of '10. That was a really exciting time around here, with all the "this phone is terrible threads" alongside the new root discoveries. That was back when my new post counter would reach into the hundreds, rather than barely make it into the double digits. *ah nostalgia*

I'm still not sold on what phone to get. I've been heavily looking at the Galaxy Nexus, but I'm not limiting myself to any one phone. Why hurry? I still have a month to think about it. And anything will be an improvement performance wise over my Eris.
Awwww.....Agreed....The Summer of '10. *sigh* The good ole' days indeed.
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Awwww.....Agreed....The Summer of '10. *sigh* The good ole' days indeed.
Remember constantly warning people not to flash the 2.1 leak or else it made their phones "un-rootable"? And discovering in horror that Verizon flashed the "un-rootable" bootloaders to their refurbs? Good times. Very experimental times. Going to sort of miss the root drama, since its a non-issue on a Nexus.
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I flashed leak 1 days before root was achieved. The lag was driving me nuts.
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I like to remember the "Tereg Days"; if you recall those. Watching his webcast for Eris rooting if you were one of us that did flash the 2.1 leak. "one-one thousand, two-one thousand...". I recall I even went and purchased a new micro SD because the one he had seemed to work. I still have my Eris (although I don't use it much), still in mint condition and in my opinion still is cosmetically more appealing than most new phones that come out these days.

It's nice to see the profile names and profile pics (some haven't changed) of the Eris "Varsity" folks.
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I've had my Eris since May of 2010. Although I've been eligible for an upgrade for several months now, I am still using my Eris and I'm still pretty happy with it. Sure, it can be sluggish, but I've been able to resolve any major issues that I've had with it over the last two years by turning to this Forum. There's always a thread that deals with whatever question I've had, or there is someone here who has been able to help me. Thanks to everyone who participates in this Forum.

That said, I am starting to look for my next phone, so any advice on that score will be appreciated. Thanks!
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I like to remember the "Tereg Days"; if you recall those. Watching his webcast for Eris rooting if you were one of us that did flash the 2.1 leak. "one-one thousand, two-one thousand...". I recall I even went and purchased a new micro SD because the one he had seemed to work. I still have my Eris (although I don't use it much), still in mint condition and in my opinion still is cosmetically more appealing than most new phones that come out these days.

It's nice to see the profile names and profile pics (some haven't changed) of the Eris "Varsity" folks.
I still have the 2 GB SD card in a drawer somewhere. And I still remember the livestream and the room he was in.

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I'm still using mine as my everyday phone. Just saw that Amazon Wireless has the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for a price I'm willing to pay. As long as I can get it through them and keep my grandfathered unlimited data plan, I think I will soon have a new phone.
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That said, I am starting to look for my next phone, so any advice on that score will be appreciated. Thanks!
We are at a point where I would wait. There are rumors that HTC is coming out with what may be the next phone in the Incredible brand; if you've waited this long, try waiting a bit longer. Though, if you really, really need a phone now, I'd get either the Galaxy Nexus or the Droid RazrMaxx (for the huge battery life.)
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Still no clear word on the Incredible 4G?!?
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Still using my bone stock Eris, but it's days are numbered. I have a dead spot on the screen so I can't dail the number 7 and when I type text I have to keep turning the phone from portrait to landscape to avoid the dead spot. It's a major pain in the ass, but it still woks...moving onto an iPhone next...let the flamming begin....LOL
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Still using my bone stock Eris, but it's days are number. I have a dead spot on the screen so I can't dail the number 7 and when I type text I have to keep turning the phone from portrait to landscape to avoid the dead spot. It's a major pain in the ass, but it still woks...moving onto an iPhone next...let the flamming begin....LOL
LOL, no flaming forthcoming--the iPhone is a great device.

Stay in touch and be sure to come back if you get another Android device .

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Still using my bone stock Eris, but it's days are number. I have a dead spot on the screen so I can't dail the number 7 and when I type text I have to keep turning the phone from portrait to landscape to avoid the dead spot. It's a major pain in the ass, but it still woks...moving onto an iPhone next...let the flamming begin....LOL
Heh ... I did that, too, with no regrets, but I'm definitely still keeping my eye on Android, and still visiting the good group of people over here now and then. After all, who knows what my next device will be?
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You bet, these forums have saved my ass more than once and are filled with a bunch of great people that is for sure!
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I rooted my Eris a couple of months ago, and just got an extended battery. It is still going strong, though there are a number of newer apps that my Eris just can't handle. Its days may be numbered, but it sure has been a great run!
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Still using my bone stock Eris, but it's days are numbered. I have a dead spot on the screen so I can't dail the number 7 and when I type text I have to keep turning the phone from portrait to landscape to avoid the dead spot. It's a major pain in the ass, but it still woks...moving onto an iPhone next...let the flamming begin....LOL
Ok I take it back looks like I am going to get an incredible 2 because well it is free from Best buy and money is tight....
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Ok I take it back looks like I am going to get an incredable 2 because well it is free from Best buy and money is tight....
I think you'll be very happy with the DInc2. I went from the Eris to the DInc2 over a year ago (I think) and I'm not the only person who thinks the DInc2 is a perfected Eris, without the trackball of course.

The trackball was the death of my first Eris. I got an insurance claim and a new Eris through them (refurb, I know) and the trackball went on it as well. I tried so hard to be careful when I plugged it in too!

I have now replaced the trackball to see if I could save the phone for rainy days and just to use once in a while for good ol times sake, but it didn't help. Didn't think it would but it was worth a try.

Congrats on the DInc2, I'll see you over there!
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Usually you can let it start the activation dial and then immediately disconnect it. It will try two more times, and then give up and proceed with a WiFi setup.

There is also a way by entering the ##778 menu. See Need help getting pass the activation
My eight-year-old niece managed to get it to work. It's practically hers now. I wish I could steal it back from her to use at work as a calculator and camera, but I bought a pink silicone case for it so it's definitely hers now.

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Well, I'm about to say goodbye to my Eris. The Motorola Droid Bionic was back in stock (and free) on the Verizon website last weekend, and I qualified for an upgrade long ago. My 9-year-old son has asked if we can keep the Eris, so we'll see how it works on WiFi for games, music, etc. See you over in the Bionic forums!
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I am but not likely for long; I've been upgrade-eligible for about 6 months now but have held out for the right device. I was hoping it would be the Dinc4g but if its release is held past next week to force upgraders into a tiered program, I'm most likely going to go with the free Bionic as well.
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Well, I'm about to say goodbye to my Eris. The Motorola Droid Bionic was back in stock (and free) on the Verizon website last weekend, and I qualified for an upgrade long ago. My 9-year-old son has asked if we can keep the Eris, so we'll see how it works on WiFi for games, music, etc. See you over in the Bionic forums!
OhBe1, I just wanted to reply to say that I have always loved your user name... nice avatar as well.

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I am but not likely for long; I've been upgrade-eligible for about 6 months now but have held out for the right device. I was hoping it would be the Dinc4g but if its release is held past next week to force upgraders into a tiered program, I'm most likely going to go with the free Bionic as well.
If you really want to stay with unlimited data, you can pay full price for a device (so, stay month-to-month). That's a tough payment to make, but it does give you the freedom to bolt any time you like - and a continuation of unlimited data.

At some point, though, you know that they are going to end unlimited data for even this...
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If you really want to stay with unlimited data, you can pay full price for a device (so, stay month-to-month). That's a tough payment to make, but it does give you the freedom to bolt any time you like - and a continuation of unlimited data.

At some point, though, you know that they are going to end unlimited data for even this...
Oh, I know, I just don't want to pay full price for a device sooner than I have to

As for killing off unlimited data entirely, that wouldn't surprise me but at least I'll be locked in for another 2 years.
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OhBe1, I just wanted to reply to say that I have always loved your user name... nice avatar as well.

Good luck with the Bionic!
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Ok I take it back looks like I am going to get an incredible 2 because well it is free from Best buy and money is tight....
I ended up going with an iphone 4 it was only $49.99. I have had it for about a week now and absolutely love it. The camera is a milion times better than the Eris & everything runs nice, smooth, & fast. I do miss my HTC ring & alert tones though!
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I ended up going with an iphone 4 it was only $49.99. I have had it for about a week now and absolutely love it. The camera is a milion times better than the Eris & everything runs nice, smooth, & fast. I do miss my HTC ring & alert tones though!
I bet if you got creative, you could probably put them on there. I have no clue how, since its an iPhone.
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Doogald,

I just ordered a Galaxy Nexus. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my rooted Eris. What a great phone it is. But I did it to keep my unlimited data plan for another 2 years (I'm sure some newer awfuller paradigm will be invented for phone companies to fleece customers by that time). I want to thank you for all your help keeping my Eris humming. It was as much (or more) your help as the device itself that made it a great phone.

What phone are you using now? I'm going to go visit that forum too
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