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  • rockstar4130 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    OK I INSTALL THE UPDATE FRIDAY NIGHT. WHERE I LIVE I USED TO GET 1 BAR OF 3G AND FORCED TO LEAVE IT ON THE EDGE NETWORK TO MAKE CALLS. SINCE IVE INSTALLED THE 2.1, MY 3G HAS SHOT UP A FEW BARS BUT STILL DROPS CALLS EVEN WHILE IM SITTING STILL EVEN THOUGH ITS SHOWING 4 BARS OF 3G. I DROPPED 15 CALLS OVER THE WEEKEND SO I HAD TO ENABLE THE EDGE JUST TO MAKE A CALL.
    I THINK ITS JUST PHANTOM 3G AND NOT THE REAL THING. NOTICE HOW THE 3G AND EDGE LOGOS ARE DIFFERENT LOOKING NOW. IM WILLING TO BET THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO TRICK US WITH FALSE 3G. YA ITS CRAZY I WISH I NEVER BOUGHT THIS STUPID OVERPRICED PIECE OF GARBAGE. ATT SHOULD CUT US A BREAK I MEAN 90% OF MY CALLS ARE DROPPED DUE TO THEIR DEAD ZONES.
  • Anthony D. Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    What's with the all caps?
  • John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (6,000 points)
    We are currently testing an iPhone 3G and under 2.0.x firmware having 3G turned on would result in dropping calls and failing to receive calls and a very weak (1 bar on average) 3G signal. It had been so bad I had turned the 3G mode completely off settling for a stable GSM signal.

    With 2.1 the 3G signal fluctuates wildly from 3 bars to none, but unlike before it does now seem to reliably drop back to GSM without completely losing a signal. For what it's worth, it also seems to be doing the same for WiFi in that the signal strength also fluctuates wildly between zero and five bars, it was however in what I would consider to be a borderline WiFi reception range.
  • rockstar4130 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    ya its called phantom 3g. Mine dropps calls while its still showing full 3g. kinda sucky. I think they want us to think the problem is fixed. I mean they 3g and egde logos are different looking on the phone now. HMMMMM can you say conspiracy?
  • Chiharu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The update works great for me... No complains abt the network here in SG and no complain for me with safari breaking down or wadsoever...

    My only complain is I'm unable to view websites that requires flash player....

    And why cant IPhone be used for internet banking!! >.<
  • Dong Shen Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Werwerewer, I'm not disputing that you're getting poor reception on the iPhone where you work or live. What I'm disputing is that it can be called a strong coverage area. If they were truly strong coverage areas then the iPhone with it's potentially weaker transeiver would get coverage. If the iPhone truly had reception problems in strong coverage areas, then nobody would get 3G reception. That is not the case. I'm not disputing that the iPhone may have inferior reception. In my personal experience my iPhone functions just as well as my friend HTC in my apartment which is one these spotty coverage areas. I don't think either is very good.

    I know it might not matter to you when you're not getting good 3G service, but it's still a important distinction to make.
  • Varus Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Peter, wanna switch phones?
  • Franc_Iphone Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I'm going to enable my old XV6800 I had with Verizon and compare it direct for direct in strong signal area's.

    I'm going to get my sons HD camera and record the bars going, over the space of a few minutes, whilst sitting still, from 5 bars Edge to nothing to 4 bars 3G. I will post on YouTube. I would say, regardless of what's shown in this situation, I'm getting edge like speeds compared to what I've seen on Verizon. It's similar speed to Verizon National (not 3G) coverage. People who say it's fine for them, I wonder if they've experienced real 3G. Sure Edge/National will allow you to stream music etc., but it's 100k very 700k - big difference. I'm trying to time the BEST time to get my 400k My.YAHOO page. I will also post here.

    In my room here, in Vegas (on the 14th floor), it does seem to stay 5 bars 3G and the signal is very good as is the speed. So the Iphone can DO IT.... It's just something is very very strange. I do believe in the conspiracy theory because I have been a Verizon user for so long with virtually none of these performance issues.
  • Dong Shen Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    You need to compare phones on the same carrier. Otherwise you're just comparing Verizon versus AT&T....
  • michaelab Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Varus wrote:
    If you have a deffective chip (like the 3G)

    Based on what? Please quote your sources.

    We all know that the problem is the one chip

    Oh do we now? In the first place, there are many people, such as myself, who are not having any problems with 3G reception at all. I didn't have any with 2.0, 2.0.1, or 2.0.2 and I don't have any with 2.1.

    Secondly, this whole "3G chip is faulty" bllsht was started as pure speculation by a jumped up Wall Street analyst who wanted to get his name in the paper. There is not a shred of evidence that there's anything wrong with the 3G chip from Infineon and the same chip is used with no problem in other phones from other manufactures (eg Samsung).
  • NA4255 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The patch does not fix dropped calls. I see 3 bars of 3g up and i still drop calls over and over in my house. the call lasts like a few mins then straight to drop. poor poor fix imo. come one guys i am paying premium for this device and i expect the same kind of service in return!
  • Franc_Iphone Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    But enough people have done that. Seems most AT&T phones are fine on 3G. My HTC was fine with AT&T. We know the Iphone is fast as a device (wifi page loads).

    What I want to compare is, with Iphone at 3G, how does the performance compare to a Verizon 3G for speed. 3G is 3G and if the Iphone is reporting 3G - 5 bars, i would expect the performance to be consistently, roughly the same.

    I will compare both on Edge speeds too but suspect they will be very close.
  • Dong Shen Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Oh Ok. So do you still have your HTC with AT&T? Most people are complaining that the iPhone is inferior to other 3G phones on the same network...
  • werwerwerwer Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    It's kind of hard for me to prove one way or the other. O2 certainly claim it's a strong area. I know that there's an O2 UMTS mast about 1 km away in one direction and about 500-600m away in another. I'm in a very flat, low-rise suburban area so there shouldn't be any particular issues with the signal being occluded. At work my office is basically across a field from another O2 mast - maybe 500m with pretty much nothing at all in between and the signal isn't much better.

    My own suspicion is that in truly strong coverage areas the iPhone will work reasonably well, but anything less than "truly strong" completely stymies it.

    So if I was going to apportion blame, at the moment my guess is that Apple and O2 are equally at fault. Neither seem willing to admit anything or do anything to help unfortunately.
  • Franc_Iphone Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    No, it drowned when I jumped in the pool with it !! I might get a loaner though..
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