How often should you update your PRL?
I usually do a *228 call after each battery pull. I'm not sure that I need to, but I do. USCC always said a couple times a year, or when heading out on an extended trip out of your "home" area.
Speaking of *228 calls, I am under the impression that you should make this call in your "home" area. Any debate on this?
You should ONLY *228 when you are in your home area, if you do it while you are roaming chances are you will stay roaming and it is not easy to reverse that change. Your PRL does not need to be done for a while, the current version for US Cellular is 15112. They do not make new ones very often. I would say every 6 months.
Would anyone happen to have the current 15112 file? *228 won't work for me because I'm stationed out of my home area. Currently I'm only getting 1x and no 3g.
Unfortunately I dont believe it's a file that can be extracted and copied to another device, but rather obtained through the *228 method.
From what I was told, you should use *228 when you're out of your home coverage area. Updating your phone while not within range of your home towers allows the phone to 'borrow' the signal from other towers in the area you're currently positioned in (typically, this will make the phone connect to a non-USCC tower and thus put your phone in roaming).
Roaming shouldn't be an issue if you're a USCC subscriber as roaming counts for standard minutes for majority of their smart phone plans and Belief program plans.
However, when I went to Tennessee last year, I couldn't even make the *228 call from my phone, but that could have been due to the abundance of extremely large trees in the area. City boy + country settings = technological frustrations (not to be confused with hemerrhoids).
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