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    Getting dropped calls in weak signal areas

    Hi and Hi to all that have this problem!!!!!!!
    I have had this problem since I received this phone Nov. 28th 2008 and Thursday of June 6 2009 ( 4 dropped calls on a bridge doing 2-5mph with the signal going 0 to 5 bars) I almost thew the phone at a wall or was going to shove it up verizon's *** (you get the point). I called verizon and was told that 22 dropped calls in the last 30 days was normal (in my case), but with my last windows mobile phone I would maybe (I do mean maybe) get 2-5 in 30 day's.

    I had Motorola's before and the last phone was a 6700 windows mobile phone that had reception where no other verizon phone had it!! The Motorola's were great also that I had! Now this phone (or we should say) most of the radio's just suck (some people may not know this due to the crappy radio in their previous phone, or they get great signal strength, but trust me there is a difference)!!!!!

    Anyway the cure is the .90 radio, it is the strongest for radio signal, there is no other radio that is as strong as it, the .90 radio is almost as good as the WM 6700 radio had.

    But the bad is it does freeze the phone or reboot the phone sometimes but to me that is a small price to pay to get this phone to work for me!

    Well I now have BBCrackmans v7 with the .90 radio.
    I turned off the memory cleaner and removed Log Maid (seems to have worked better for me, so far). It did flip out for the first 2 days, but now I just have to reboot it about 2 sometimes 3 time a day, but it has not froze on me while on the phone (at least yet).

    I think your answer is the .90 radio, It is my answer (I just hope I can use this radio until they come out with one just like it but that is doubtful or ) until verizon hopefully releases the iPhone next year or something at least better.

    Give it a try, I have used it in the past and noticed it did not drop calls for me, but with all the radio (OS's) that came out I just pushed it aside until that day on the bridge.
    Getting the data also works great, it never seems to time out like the other OS's (unless it needs a reboot)

    I usually use Quicklaunch to reboot the phone and have found out that if I have the phone plugged into the charger, computer, or anything I get the VSOD, but when I reboot the phone not plugged into anything it seems to boot fine 90+% of the time.

    I have very weak reception at my job (office, and work sites with weak signal) all other radio's would show 0-2 bars and drop calls constantly, this .90 radio holds about 0-3 bars (note one bar better, even the other 2 storms in the office have 1 bar less and drop calls, one has .75 still and the other .148, both official) and I have not dropped a single call yet, to me this is the biggest thing, cause I work in a lot of places with weak signal and my job requires me to have and be able to use my cell phone!

    This is my findings so far as of today, if it was not for the .90 radio (and the help of everyone here, thanks Bryan for the support) I would have had to replaced this phone with one that gets the signal strength I need.

    Thanks to all and good luck.




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    Thanks Don I am glad you posted this as this is a huge issue to a lot of people.

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    Wirelessly posted (storm 9530)

    Was it a bridge over troubled waters?
    Really was it a bridge over a large body
    Of water?

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    Wirelessly posted (storm 9530)

    Also are you in an area Unicel and or cellone used to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonfyc View Post
    Wirelessly posted (storm 9530)

    Was it a bridge over troubled waters?
    Really was it a bridge over a large body
    Of water?
    No, it was just a river, but that was just the deal breaker that made me realize that I was getting a lot of dropped calls and why I was very much disliking the storm so much.

    A weak and a half later I still have not had one dropped call with .90, even last night I was in a very weak area and had to use the phone, I had to hold it up in the air cause the signal was so bad (I use Bluetooth a lot) and it still did not drop the call, all the other radios would have and had on me. I don't know what it is but the .90 radio is very aggressive and just works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfran1 View Post
    No, it was just a river, but that was just the deal breaker that made me realize that I was getting a lot of dropped calls and why I was very much disliking the storm so much.

    A weak and a half later I still have not had one dropped call with .90, even last night I was in a very weak area and had to use the phone, I had to hold it up in the air cause the signal was so bad (I use Bluetooth a lot) and it still did not drop the call, all the other radios would have and had on me. I don't know what it is but the .90 radio is very aggressive and just works for me.
    I agree .90 is a great radio. It does hold on to cell coverage very well as it was one of the best radios for switching to 1X to maximize reception. Glad it's working for you.

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    so verizon is saying that there is a number of dropped calls that is normal???? before i got the storm i don't really ever remember dropping any calls with my lg's

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    Quote Originally Posted by watkins View Post
    so verizon is saying that there is a number of dropped calls that is normal???? before i got the storm i don't really ever remember dropping any calls with my lg's
    I totally agree, and yes they say a % of dropped calls of your total minutes used is normal, I asked them to look back before I received the storm and tell me how many dropped calls I had and of course they said they could not do that! Funny isn't it!

    But today on the .90 radio I went into another very weak area that even my windows mobile phone would (very few times) drop calls and the storm held the call all the way by the area, I held the phone up (I also had to hold the WM phone) and the person was choppy but at least it did not drop the call! And only 1 reboot today (so far, that I did).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfran1 View Post
    I totally agree, and yes they say a % of dropped calls of your total minutes used is normal, I asked them to look back before I received the storm and tell me how many dropped calls I had and of course they said they could not do that! Funny isn't it!

    But today on the .90 radio I went into another very weak area that even my windows mobile phone would (very few times) drop calls and the storm held the call all the way by the area, I held the phone up (I also had to hold the WM phone) and the person was choppy but at least it did not drop the call! And only 1 reboot today (so far, that I did).
    Great to hear Dfran thank you for the continued updates. I am sure this will help others in your situation.

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