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Get better signal by Updating your Preferred Roaming List (new prl 3019)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by blaxican25, May 23, 2011.

  1. blaxican25

    blaxican25 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    dial *228 on your metro pcs phone let the automated options play through tell you hear download latest Roaming List for metro pcs and say download roaming list. After done you will have no signal just reboot phone to get service back.
    my signals stronger now.

    This ensures you have the most up to date list of towers programmed into your phone.:)

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  2. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    which prl is the latest mine is 3018 from the last time I updated it.
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  3. mikekelso421

    mikekelso421 Android Enthusiast

    it didnt do anything for my signal...i must be in a Sh!#y area or something..ever since i flashed the cm7 beta my signal has been shot it seems like. :( but ill never go back :)
  4. blaxican25

    blaxican25 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    so from what ive heard the prl changes bye your location.
  5. peebz

    peebz Newbie

    I called it said programming unavailable
  6. mikekelso421

    mikekelso421 Android Enthusiast

    try it again..i had to try twice..worked the second time.
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  7. jabbawest

    jabbawest Android Enthusiast

    Good call blaxican, literally.
    I can, without a doubt, see that my signal has been increased.
    I had this weird, almost a complete dead spot to the left of my keyboard where I set my phone while working and sometimes calls would go directly to voice mail because of this.
    At best, I might see one bar occasionally but after the update I now have three.
  8. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Android Enthusiast

    Yes, you should periodically update your roaming list. Being a long time MetroPCS customer, I do it about once a month.
  9. TheAmazingDave

    TheAmazingDave Android Expert

    As a VZW customer, I'd do this on my phones several times a year.
  10. jabbawest

    jabbawest Android Enthusiast

    Would be nice if a batch program or script could be run every month. Maybe an auto dialing utility set up to run once a month could be configured to achieve this, although the voice prompts would be an issue.
  11. peebz

    peebz Newbie

    Blax your the greatest
  12. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Android Enthusiast

    You can ignore the voice prompts and use keypad only -- if you know the keypad choices.

    "press 5" for roaming list.


    Just wait until the female voice gets past the "continue in Espanol" part of the script, and then hit the number 5 on the keypad. It will update your roaming list!

    So you could make a little program/script where it would dial *228, wait 20 seconds (I just timed it), then hit "5".
  13. Darnell0216

    Darnell0216 Android Expert

    The PRL has updated automatically on our (my wife and I) phones since we got them. Maybe in some areas it doesn't push out automatically?
  14. blaxican25

    blaxican25 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    i wonder how often metro updates the roaming lists?
  15. primluis

    primluis Newbie

    the internet and data are now super slow
  16. blaxican25

    blaxican25 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Weird it helped others.
  17. primluis

    primluis Newbie

    my speeds went from 0.12 mb to 0.03 and hightest .06 is there a way to go back
  18. blaxican25

    blaxican25 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    well yesterday i re did the update through LGNPST, and my prl was back to 3017 and was previous at 3018.
  19. jabbawest

    jabbawest Android Enthusiast

    I tested it with 3017 but didn't save those results.
    This is what I'm getting on 3018 since the upgrade on 5/24.

  20. garrytipler

    garrytipler Newbie

    this really worked my internet is much faster almost instant sometimes thanks 4 the tip:)
  21. blaxican25

    blaxican25 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Glad i could help:D
  22. primluis

    primluis Newbie

    ok is back to normal i guess it just needs time 0.12 mb and up is 0.13 or 130 kbps how ever u want to put it
  23. blaxican25

    blaxican25 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    thats good.
  24. Seanicy

    Seanicy Lurker

    Ok, so I did your signal trick, *228 on my Gingerbreak rooted optimus m 2.2.1. The phone programed and restarted it's self and is now stuck on the android logo screen just flashing. Is my phone bricked? I have been using super manager and changed my theme and got rid of that metro intro when the phone turns on.

    Please can someone help me please, I really hope this can be resolved. Still can't believe a tower update would do this....
  25. blaxican25

    blaxican25 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    pull the battery and put back in

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