I have used a Bold 9000 off and on for probably almost 2 years. It has been my old stand by through trying a Tilt2, HD2 and an HTCDesire.
One thing for sure is that the Bold is easier to use one handed and it has (at least until now) always had better reception especially borderline areas.
The problem I am having now since upgrading to the latest 681 version is that sitting here where my reception is usually 4 bars I can't hardly carry out a conversation. I have not had any such problems with the other devices.
Is this reception a common problem?
Is there a suggested fix? Is there a suggested radio file for US ATT phones?
It may just be that the radio file in that new OS does not work well with cell towers in your area. Have you tried downgrading to make sure that this is an OS issue and that there is not a problem with your phone?
An option may be to use the swap-a-radio utility by Lyricidal to use the radio file from an OS that worked well for you.
I tried the Swap a Radio in Lyricidal's Shrink-OS and it said the radio had been swapped - but when I ran the loader it didn;t seem to "update" anything.
Is there a way to tell if you have successfully channged your radio? If I run the desktop manager will it recognize any changes once you've "swapped" the radio in the loader files?
PS- I definitely have a problem in that I was out to dinner with someone last night and they had thier Bold 9000 at the same table - I had NO reception and they had several bars! They have never upgrade thier phone - just "stock" AT&T