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Old October 17th, 2011, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default im so happy! 3g in Detroit

Well I manually updated my prl and amazingly I woke up to 3g speeds and I don't mean spotty hear and there. Full 3g speeds. Lol I registered and posted this just to let you guys know. And the best part is I did it all on my phone.

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Lol yea mines been on 3G all week. The internet speed is just way faster!
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Would you guys mine sharing what area you are located in? Also which prl your using, Im in the 8 mile Evergreen area and using 3023 prl and my 3g is in and out.......Also slow!
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I'm using 3024
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Sterling Heights here. I've tried prl 3020 & 3024 without luck as of this morning. What city are you guys in who are getting it...maybe I'll take the drive and see if I can get it.

Also is it actually showing the 3G icon? Or are you getting faster speeds while showing the 1x icon? Just curious cuz I'm still seeing the 1x but have not done a speed test in a couple days...guess I'll try another test.
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Sterling Heights here. I've tried prl 3020 & 3024 without luck as of this morning. What city are you guys in who are getting it...maybe I'll take the drive and see if I can get it.

Also is it actually showing the 3G icon? Or are you getting faster speeds while showing the 1x icon? Just curious cuz I'm still seeing the 1x but have not done a speed test in a couple days...guess I'll try another test.
it actually shows the 3G icon with all the bars. did you try prl 3022?
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im in the metro Detroit market, can someone please explain how to do this and change your prl settings? I've never done this before so if someone could give a step by step process id really appreciate it, thanks!
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Here you go. Its very easy and this guide is one of the best posted in any forum

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hey everyone. I'm in the detroit area and can't seem to get 3g anywhere I've been. I'm a bit south west of downtown (downriver area) and currently have prl 3024. Anyone think that downgrading the prl to the 3022 or 3023 will change anything? I'm just sick to death with these slooowww 1x speeds! Any improvement would make me happy.
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hey everyone. I'm in the detroit area and can't seem to get 3g anywhere I've been. I'm a bit south west of downtown (downriver area) and currently have prl 3024. Anyone think that downgrading the prl to the 3022 or 3023 will change anything? I'm just sick to death with these slooowww 1x speeds! Any improvement would make me happy.
I think we have the same issue. I followed the guide to change your PRL settings in the link above, and my prl setting is at 3024 but i dont think i have 3G speeds... any suggestions would be great.
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it actually shows the 3G icon with all the bars. did you try prl 3022?
OK I have now been getting intermittent 3G while driving around town but nothing at or near home (Sterling Heights). I am using 3024. As someone asked above would using an earlier version of the PRL help? I would assume that the latest version includes the earlier versions PLUS additional coverage.
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OK...finally I have seen the 3g icon a few times just a second after I unlock the screen. Doesn't stay on long enough to get a speed test or no data is transferred while the icon is on. I managed to get some screen shots but pretty useless. I stay all around the Taylor, Allen Park, Southgate, Lincoln Park areas. I have been in Taylor the few times I've seen it. I hope it comes back on solid and stays! Would make me very happy!

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OK...finally I have seen the 3g icon a few times just a second after I unlock the screen. Doesn't stay on long enough to get a speed test or no data is transferred while the icon is on. I managed to get some screen shots but pretty useless. I stay all around the Taylor, Allen Park, Southgate, Lincoln Park areas. I have been in Taylor the few times I've seen it. I hope it comes back on solid and stays! Would make me very happy!

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Grab the lte on/off app from the market and force it to evdo and see if that works for ya...
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Yeah I got that one, thought it would be different from the *#*#4636#*#* menu but it isn't. No big deal, but I have been seeing the 3g icon every time I unlock my phone. But when I try and do a speed test or use the internet it will revert to 1x. If I don't use data or try a speed test it will stay on. Before I would see the icon but no data being transferred. Now the icon will show the arrows up and down but like I said it will go back to 1x as soon as I try a speed test.

As I write this (from my phone) I see the 3g icon but as soon as I click send or whatever it will go to 1x to get the page to show.

I was able to do a speed test while the 3g icon was up and I notice a big difference in ping (on 1x it would be 800-850ish and with 3g its like 200-300), but as soon as the ping test is done it will say network communication issue or something.

Seems like I'm seeing it more and more and hope it stays. Using the latest (I think its the latest) prl, 3025.

UPDATE: Since my last reply I have seen the 3g icon pretty steady throughout the day. Have been sucsessful in doing speed tests and always get a decent ping score. But the download is still pretty much 1x speed. Its almost like the test doesn't start u til the progress bar is 40-50% and I get 30 kbps to 120 (sometimes less then 30kbps download). Thats while the 3g icon is on solid and shows the data activity arrows. i do notice there are a tiny bit faster browsing speeds while on 3g, but no speed test will reflect that with it's results.

Happy to see more then just the 1x icon but the speeds are still not like people have claimed. Hopefully as time goes on it gets better (like it seems to be doing) and lots of customers will be happy.
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Yeah I got that one, thought it would be different from the *#*#4636#*#* menu but it isn't.
Can someone explain what these two things do?
How they help with 3G?
Do I need to do one or the other, or BOTH?

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The app and the "secret" menu (*#*#4636#*#*) are the same thing and take you to the same place (hidden secret menu). Within it, you can switch from cdma auto prl to cdma only and ev-do only. If you have 3g coverage in your area using a later prl (3020-3025) then you can keep it on cdma auto and it will switch between 1x and 3g on its own. If you choose ev-do only and your not in a 3g area then you will get no service (just switch back to cdma auto or cdma only), and cdma only I read is only 1x and will not switch to 3g where available.

You don't need both as they take you to the same place to switch the setting. The app makes it a bit easier cause you don't have to manually type the number sequence in the dialpad to get to the "hidden secret menu". So either way will work but grab the app and save yourself the typing...

Still have had the 3g icon on solid since my last posts, but still crappy speed teat results. Browsing speeds with all browsers (metro web, opera, dolphin, skyfire) are noticeably faster though! So I'm a bit happier when not on wifi. Maps and navigation are more responsive with way less loading times and seem to reflect the faster connection we seem to be experiencing. Would be satisfied with better speed test results to help convince me I'm getting the better speeds I'm thinking I'm seeing. Even capped higher speeds others have reported would be great. But overall, I am experiencing better browsing speeds atleast.

Also checked my settings for network type and it says evdo rev 0. As someone stated there might be a difference between rev 0 and rev A.
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i cant remember the last time i saw the "1x" sign ^_^
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i cant remember the last time i saw the "1x" sign ^_^
U in Detroit area? Where specifically? What prl are you using?

I updated to 3025 and am still not getting 3g at home in Sterling Heights...didn't think to check it while I was out driving around town today.
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The app and the "secret" menu (*#*#4636#*#*) are the same thing and take you to the same place (hidden secret menu). Within it, you can switch from cdma auto prl to cdma only and ev-do only. If you have 3g coverage in your area using a later prl (3020-3025) then you can keep it on cdma auto and it will switch between 1x and 3g on its own. If you choose ev-do only and your not in a 3g area then you will get no service (just switch back to cdma auto or cdma only), and cdma only I read is only 1x and will not switch to 3g where available.
OK forgive me if this is a silly question but I have to ask...why would you have it on anything BUT CDMA auto?

3G is not guaranteed by MetroPCS so you would not want to leave on Ev-Do in case you drive OUT of a 3G signal...then you have nothing.

If you have any chance of 3G then you don't want CDMA only either because you would never get the faster speeds.

It seems to me the only logical choice is CDMA auto...unless I am missing something.
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You are right...I was just explaining the different settings that I have been reading around the boards. I keep it on auto as should most, unless you never leave a "3g" area. But even though I have had the 3g icon for a few days I still have yet to see the speeds some claim.

Whenever I use the speed test app the ping test flies by, but stalls at the download test and doesn't even start testing the speed until the test its at like 80-90%. Then the upload test continues like normal. I'm seeing speeds as low as 4 kbps, usually like 30-60 kbps and not higher then 100 kbps, ever. But oddly with my phone showing the 3g icon I do indeed have faster browsing speeds. Does anyone know of another speed testing app or site that is compatible with our Optimus?

Now as far as where I'm seeing the icon...I am in the Taylor, Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, and Southgate area and only list those as thats where I've been and seen the 3g icon the entire time.

I updated to prl 3025 when it was released but didn't see any change for a couple days. Then started seeing flashes of the icon when first unlocking my phone, then as time went it started to stay. Now it hadn't went away once (only in my basement it goes back to 1x). I'm still curious about the speed test issue, but the little improvement in browsing speed (all browsers) has made me happier already. Navigation and maps load noticeably quicker and pages open faster as well.
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I didn't bother to read above just wanted to share this. I live in westland work in Detroit. I get to work and my wife text me and says she has an urgent voicemail notification but when she calls no voice mail is there, I asked her what the notification looks like and she says 3g! I have been on prl3019 not wanting to pointlessly update manually. So, I check my settings and I am now @ 3025 rev0. My 3g icon only has 1 bar.

EDIT: I am now getting full constant 3g signal as I type this at home, I swear this site loaded faster than the wifi connection I am able to pickup around here (unsecured) also my battery was @ 39% when I went to sleep and 26% when I woke up so I don't think 3g is touching battery life at all.

I did run a couple speed tests last night and they are bad... I would suggest not matching them to your actual speeds because they definitely are not accurate for me.
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Does anyone know of another speed testing app or site that is compatible with our Optimus?
There are a few free options in the market. I have personally used the 2 by OOKLA. Speedtest.net and another one call FCC Mobile Broadband Test.

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Wyandotte auto updated to prl 3025.
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So it seems as though people will he getting the 3025 OTA. Nice. I tried the FCC speed app and the couple time I tried it force closed. But after rebooting my phone a few times and taking the battery out the regular Speed Test app shows a bit faster speeds (130-160), better then the last few days of 4 kbps - 40 kbps.

I'm happy with just the marginal browsing speed increase. The market opens faster and even auto completes my searches now...lol.
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U in Detroit area? Where specifically? What prl are you using?

I updated to 3025 and am still not getting 3g at home in Sterling Heights...didn't think to check it while I was out driving around town today.
i am in Lincoln Park which is near detroit, i am also using prl 3024. and i get 3g from here to wyandotte, taylor, allen park, southgate. etc..
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i am in Lincoln Park which is near detroit, i am also using prl 3024. and i get 3g from here to wyandotte, taylor, allen park, southgate. etc..
So that means we are pretty much neighbors. I to am seeing the 3g in all of those areas. Did some more speed testing and a couple tests got up to 335 and on in the mid 200's. Its still hit or miss with each test tho. Tried the FCC speed test app someone posted about and each test I get -0 foe the download test, normal upload and normal ping. Weird. Like the connection takes a few seconds to initialize but the test is over( or almost over) before the downloading starts.

Also checked my friends Optimus today and hers had the 3015 prl. I didn't have my computer n not much time, so I did the *228 and it said it wasn't able to complete the task but rebooted and she had 3019. She had 1x in her house and I had 3g. Thought I'd share.
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welp i woke up this morning at home with 3G so i guess metro is really updating all there towers to 3G.
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It seems as though all metro phones are starting to see the recent network change. My sister has the LG Banter Touch from Metro and called me yesterday asking about a weird new icon on her screen. She said it used to say 1x, but now it says EV. I told her to look through the settings and see if any evdo, 3g, or prl was listed and she hasnt replied yet. But I'm assuming thats her phones icon for evdo 3g service.

Also there have been a couple updates to the Speed Test app and it seems to be working better and more responsive for the download tests. I have seen speeds as fast as 350 kbps and as low as 40 kbps. Average seems to be 150-180 with a lot of variants in between. Overall I'm now happier with the slight improvement of browsing speeds...so lets hope they keep it up and make it faster and available to more areas.
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thanks to the link in this thread i was able to manually alter my PRL setting to 3024 i believe. My 3g coverage tends to be VERY spotty. For example, i live in the Westland/Garden City area, where i normally will have the 3g symbol on my phone, but i work in the downriver area, and my phone reverts to 1x, but then at school i have 3g again. Speed seems to work quite well in 3g areas w/ a good signal strength, however i have no real numbers from tests to prove that. Since more and more people around the US are noticing their ability to have 3g, i wonder if metro will be offering it soon perhaps?
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I live @ Michigan Ave. And Howe rd. In Wayne and mine and everyone else i know with metro automatically updated to 3025 which gave me personally a very speedy and constant 3g connection. Did you try updating through *228 b4 manually pushing the 3024 on your phone? I would recommend that you undo the prl tweaking you did then try updating the *228 way and if you are not updated to a 3g capable prl then manually push 3025 to your phone because 3025 is what everyone in our area is being updated to by metro. Good luck.
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You said you it reverts back to 1x when you are in the "downriver" area? What part more specifically? I have posted in a couple other threads about getting the 3g icon (slightly faster browsing speeds) and I live in the same area you say reverts back to 1x. I primarily am in the Taylor area (Allen & Goddard), but have had the icon in all surrounding cities.


Like the above member said, I would put prl 3025 on it and see if there is a difference. Also stated in other threads about people I know (in my same area) having 3025 automatically updated to their phone. Glad to see more members getting the slightly faster speeds, but the speeds vary quite a bit.
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Was at Ford Field yesterday for the Lions game and had 3G with pretty peppy speed although I didn't do a speed test.

Still intermittent in Macomb County though. I will see it while driving sometimes but at home (Sterling Heights) I'm still 1x (when not wi-fi enabled). Hopefully they expand the 3G north.
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So has anyone tried this one out yet? I notice that its listed as 0326 rather then the normal 3025 (without the 0 at the beginning). If it was extracted from another phone, would it make it any different?

Sorry, just noticed it was only posted like 10 minutes ago...lol. Didn't notice the post date when I downloaded it. Ill wait and see if anyone has any improvements from it.
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thankx mteezy for the prl.................cheers mate
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thankx mteezy for the prl.................cheers mate

You know there's a sticky with a bunch of prls right?
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I notcied I was getting even more crappy service/signal using 3029 and installed 3028 and it seems more consistent and better in my area. My house is in the great coverage area as listed by Metro, but I get like 0%-45% made inside or outside.

The 3g boost thread (switching to simple IP) works and seems I get faster speeds (good speeds for my signal quality.

I live in the metro Detroit area, downriver area.
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