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droid reception issue

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by pachik, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. pachik

    pachik Member
    Thread Starter

    Dec 12, 2009
    hey guys i just wanted to know what was going on with my phone..

    when it is on idle it usually has 3 to 4 bars.. but as soon as i make a call it drops to 2.. why is my droid doing this?


  2. nycebo

    nycebo Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    New York, NY
    No idea but I occasionally witness the same thing...even with other phones.
  3. longdaddy

    longdaddy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Rutledge, TN
    When its in idle your probably seeing 3G signal strength but while in a call it switches to 1X so it sounds like you just have better 3G reception then 1X
  4. dmaul3300

    dmaul3300 Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Des Moines, Iowa
    I have the same problem with my phone. As I am listening to the other person talks, it will fade in and out (almost as if someone pressed the mute button for a second or 2). I also have a lot of dropped calls. At my house I usually get 1 bar at 3g and it often will switch to 1x.

    I did some research and found out I am 4.97 miles from the nearest verizon cell phone tower. There are a couple of T-Mobile and US Cellular towers within a couple miles of my house. I talked to verizon on the phone as well as went to a store and was told the same information. It was suggested that I buy a network extender for $250. I told them this is more then I paid for my phone.

    One of my friends comes over to my house and always has issues getting reception in my house. I didnt think much of it and thought because he has a cheap flip phone, it might not get the reception of a higher end phone like the droid.

    It is strange, I had sprint for 10 years before switching to Verizon and never had reception issues in my house with my old windows mobile phone. I switched to Verizon because I wanted an android phone and didnt care for Sprints selection of phones at the time I bought my motorola droid.
  5. KAL-EL

    KAL-EL Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Graduate student and part time DJ

    Mine does the same exact thing sometimes. I get full signal strength in my home, even in my basement. Yet, the moment I make a call, it drops to like 2 to 3 bars sometimes. I hang up, and whamo! it goes back up again.

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