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spiffking03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I was just trying to talk to my girlfriend on my drive home and the call dropped 4 times. I finally pulled off and tried talking to her with my phone laying still and on speakerphone and with 5 bars and 3G showing, it dropped the call 3 more times. Never had this happen until the 4.0.1 update.

Am I alone or have others noticed this?

Power Mac/iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Jaqueh Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    maybe the phone was trying to tell you something...bah! who knows what it could be.

    the update doesn't change any physical hardware related issues, just addresses the way signal is displayed on the phone.
  • Goflying Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    +1
  • spiffking03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yeah I know, that's why it's odd that it's randomly dropping calls now when it didn't before the update. The fact I could lay it perfectly still and it would drop the call concerns me.
  • hunt2013 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    None all perfect quality too.
  • blewit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Despite the known antenna design issue it is also part AT&T's poor signal/bandwidth fault. The dropped calls are a combination of poor carrier signal and bad antenna design. No software update will fix a hardware issue like such where two different antennas are being shorted together.
  • MugiwaraKaizoku Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yeh since the update to 4.0.1, i got nothing but 1 bar and it went down from 5 to 1 bar, i was like ***?! what gives?! and i have a better reception in my room! its so frustrating!!
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (17,700 points)
    Bars are meaningless unless you have dropped calls or garbled reception. Stop obsessing about bars, there are so many real things in life to concern yourself about.

    Message was edited by: modular747
  • Stevenam81 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Unless it is just the time of day, I'm getting a worse signal after the update, not just fewer bars. I know exactly what the update changed with the bars and db levels and expected to see my 5 bars go down to 3 or 4. Before the update I was getting 5 bars right here where I'm sitting. After the update I am only getting 1 to 2, sometimes 3 bars. I did a speed test yesterday morning before the update while at 5 bars and got 3270 kbps down and 1015 kbps up. After the update I have run multiple speed tests from this same spot and am lucky to get 500 kbps down. I just ran two tests back to back at going between 2 and 3 bars. First test was 472kbps down and 31 up, second test was 339 down and 14 up. That is pathetic. And I was just bragging about my fast speeds yesterday. I don't like the look of the new bars either. I didn't want to update but figured that I might as well since I'll have to eventually when 4.1 comes out. I figured I might as well get used to it now. I'll run some more tests later to see if the network is just congested right now. Like I was saying I expected to drop a bar or two, but going from 5 to 1 or 2 bars blows. I was hoping my signal would still be the same even though I see less bars but nope, it's worse.
  • BRiPod Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Same here. The speed has drastically reduced since the update. Why would they do this? I was loving my phone before the update and now it's practically useless. Hope this clears up soon.
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (17,700 points)
    Why would they do this?

    "They" didn't. The update has absolutely no effect on data speed, only bar display. If you are getting poorer data throughput after, it's certainly due to network issues - there have been consistent drops in performance after EVERY update from all the people "checking it out" , and overloading AT&T. There are also daily fluctuations.

    You might also want to read this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posthoc_ergo_propterhoc
  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,735 points)
    spiffking03 wrote:
    I was just trying to talk to my girlfriend on my drive home and the call dropped 4 times. I finally pulled off and tried talking to her with my phone laying still and on speakerphone and with 5 bars and 3G showing, it dropped the call 3 more times. Never had this happen until the 4.0.1 update.

    Am I alone or have others noticed this?

    have you tried switching to edge instead of 3G? See if that helps. Lot of people don't realize it but EDGE works better for voice than 3G does and uses less battery power. The only thing you need 3G for really is data speed.
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (17,700 points)
    Your advice to disable 3G is good, though technically "Edge" doesn't carry voice at all - it's a data protocol only. When the phone is using Edge, GPRS or no data connection, it uses GSM (TDMA) for voice and SMS.
  • Stevenam81 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    It must have just been the time of day or something else with the network. I'm no longer getting a worse signal after updating to 4.0.1. I'm getting 3 to 4 bars and just ran a speed test in the same spot as my last tests. I got 3380kbps down and 1271kbps up. These are my best results yet. Anyway, just wanted to post an update. It wouldn't be right for me to only post my negative results and not post my results when they improve. I was obviously mistaken about getting worse signal after the update. Except for those bad results immediately after I updated to 4.0.1, my signal has been the same as it was before. I just see less bars which is expected. I still don't like the new look of the bars.
  • Ervine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same here, more dropeed calls after the update to 4.0.1 Even tho the software upgrade is to show the signal strength more accurately, it is having an impact on Call quality. Trying to fix something, they broke something else.
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