Just had a Galaxy S2 for a couple of days and been absolutely stunned how awful the reception is. I've stayed on Orange and the reception is worse than with my 2 year old HTC Hero. This is for both voice and data. Is there a firmware update that can help with this? I'm currently on baseband I9100BVKG2. Would unlocking help with this?
I was also wondering if anyone knew if Orange had blocked tethering? I can ping my phone but I can't even ping by ip address. I can't tell if this is due to a lack of signal or not though.
No reception issues here. Signal isn't the strongest I've seen but it's never dropped or rejected a call. Iirc KG2 is the current Orange firmware level, and includes a "signal boost" app that allows calls to route over wifi if the connection is poor.
p.s. I think someone recently posted here that Orange have confirmed that they now block tethering. Found it... post #1 here.
I'm om Orange and have been for two years without a problem. I upgraded last week to get my SG II and have had no issues with reception, etc. at all.
Regarding tehering not sure if they have changed something recently but it was only a couple of months ago that I was able to tether my Archos device running Android without a hitch. Also, not sure if it's the same thing but I was able to use my phones internet connection to allow my laptop to access the internet when I couldn't get a connection any other way. However, that was before I upgraded to the SG II... guess if it is a problem I'll just have to use my older phone for that purpose.
Just wondering if the poor reception is due to the firmware, a faulty phone or the phone itself?
It could be the firmware, although the Orange version will have passed the required tests for network compatibility so should be fine. It could also be a hardware fault e.g. a bad radio chipset. It's not an intrinsic fault in the handset itself as everyone isn't affected.
Just wondering if they're going to fine me for using tethering if I root it, by not including that as part of my data package. Not sure how they'd find out?
Only by usage afaik. If you start downloading DVD rips or Windows service packs then alarm bells will start ringing.
I've never heard anything good about Orange. I work right by Trafalgar Square and my colleagues Orange iPhone and my g/f Nokia get no signal at all there. Not that this offers you any help at all, sorry!
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