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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Garrett67, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Garrett67

    Garrett67 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I searched for poor reception and also radio, so sorry if this has been asked many times.

    I guess I'm really looking for guidance in terms of my options. I posted this in another thread but realized it was a Sprint thread after posting.

    I have a question/problem.

    My signal is garbage at home AND at work. I use wifi at home to play with the phone but actual 3G signal is bad. I am lucky to get 2 bars but its generally 1 with speed tests of about 80kbps.

    I don't have WIFI at work, and get no signal at all.

    I still have a week to return the phone but I'd like to keep it if I can get a better signal.

    I can follow directions, if someone can point me in the right direction in terms of updating the radio (and which is the best).
    Also, if it doesn't help, can I restore it in order to return the phone (if that is what I decide to do) ?

    I rooted my Droid X but that was always an app that was one click . So, I am not experienced with all of the terms and such associated with Flashing, ROMS.. etc.


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  2. pharmangie

    pharmangie Lurker

    I have the same question. I hope someone with experience gives some advice. I am also having the same issues with reception with this phone. I have had the original droid (rooted it), the bionic and Nexus. Never had any issues with reception with these phones. I have gone through three S3's from Verizon hoping that I would get a good one. They are sending out number 4 today. If it is no better I am thinking about rooting it. But I would like to know if someone has a fixed the radio/connection issues after they rooted the S3.

    I am now using my old Nexus until I can figure out the S3. It is a beautiful phone and works great in a 4G area. So I am not ready to give up on it yet.

    Sorry if this has been asked before. But any guidance would be great.
  3. Raw Dodge

    Raw Dodge Well-Known Member

    I too have spotty reception issues and weak 4G on my s3.The only reason I stuck with it was because I seen the leaked radios made a big improvement and we're going to be an OTA soon. Every previous android phone I've had (4) were Motorola's. They all got better reception both cellular and data.... I drop data and calls with the S3 when I wouldn't with the Razr, X2,,X,or og droid... I just live with it until the radios become an OTA update.
  4. hemplacrosse4

    hemplacrosse4 Well-Known Member

    I hope they do come out with a OTA update because when having my brothers iPhone next to my S3 he will sometimes have full bars and I will only have 3 bars.
  5. T.M.M.L

    T.M.M.L Android Enthusiast

    Try not to pay too much attention to the amount of bars that you have. Different phones have different ways of interpreting & presenting that info.

    Instead look at the dBm value.

    1. System settings
    2. About device
    3. Status

    1. -70 to -80 Great
    2. -80 to -90 Good
    3. -90 to -100 So-So
    4. > -100 Not so good.

    The higher that asu the better
  6. iclickjohn

    iclickjohn Member

    Also confirm that your data is set to automatic rather than Home only. I had the Nexus for a week and returned it because of bad signal. My SG3 has been amazing and I am definitely in a fringe area.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk
  7. MalikBear

    MalikBear Member

    Where is this data setting for VZW?
  8. Nightwind Hawk

    Nightwind Hawk Well-Known Member

    The phone's signal is garbage - as of most of Samsung's phones are.

    I've heard from somewhere a radio update is coming, but I doubt it's going to be a miracle. There hasn't been any miracle update for any of their other phones...
  9. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    4G works fine for me, but the power draw seems too high with weak 3G reception areas. I think this may be why some folks have poor battery life, since may use data in areas wit hweak reception.
  10. infg37

    infg37 Member

    I'm pretty sure signal goes off of where you at as well....my signal is on par with any other phone i've had
  11. Nightwind Hawk

    Nightwind Hawk Well-Known Member

    If you compare this with a Razr MAXX side by side, the MAXX will be able to do data/voice fine while the S3 has constant drops and loses signal.

    Even side-by-side with my old Droid X, the S3 is worst :thinking: I too hope Samsung can fix this with an OTA somehow... the phone is perfect in every other way.
  12. android.convert

    android.convert Well-Known Member

    Although this phone does alot of things well, the reception is garbage...it don't hold a candle to my droid x....this will probably be my last samsung device.
  13. Raw Dodge

    Raw Dodge Well-Known Member

    Had the phone over 2 months now and no improvement.. And no Ota until yesterday and it locks down the bootloader and supposed to do nothing for the reception...

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