Just picked up an Optimus V from Best Buy yesterday. Since I wanted to keep my old number, the process got a little screwed up at BB. I finally got the number moved... but by the time I did, I realized that my signal strength is almost non-existent. I'm taking the phone back to see if I can get another, as I think the issue is the phone, not the service. I live in Springfield, Illinois, near (1/2 mile) the convergence of 2 interstates. The coverage map looks real good here. I've noticed that when the phone first powers up, I have a signal showing for about 2 seconds. After that, it's one or zero bars. Any thoughts on whether it's just the service? Of course, Virgin Mobile support says it's the phone.