It seems I'm having serious reception issues with my PLAY. Compared to my old iPhone 4, my girlfriends iPhone 4, and my parents' phones, the PLAY is around 2-3 bars less than theirs at all times. And I'm struggling to pick up 3G most of the time when my area is completely covered in 3G. It's becoming frustrating and it seems like I'm not the only person with this issue. The BGR review ( Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY review ) also discussed this issue and said it's the worst reception phone they've used in a long time. And when I posted this issue on the VZW forums, a couple other people also replied saying they are having issues as well. I may end up bringing it back and swapping it out for another phone and seeing if I just received a bad unit. But it's disappointing to find out that I'm not the only person with the issue and it could be a widespread problem.