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    Help for a GSM user...Radio/APN/BIS etc

    Ok, I have had some help from you guys already on this. I wanted to ask my questions over here since most folks are much more willing to give detailed help on this site.

    As some of you know, I am using a 9530 on AT&T. I recently sold my Bold just because I like the Storm a good bit better. It just fits my lifestyle more. I am getting Egde speeds with Speedtest of 150kbps in many areas and I am satisfied with that. I monitored my Bold this way and many times got less than this on 3G. My issues are with the .90 radio and random reboots and unstability. I understand most of the issues.

    My questions center around running a later version of the radio (.132) and getting more stability. I have tried to swap radios but I cannot hold an EDGE connection. I have read about taking the APN settings out and using a BIS connection explicitly and this will allow an EDGE connection with these later radios. Here is what I mainly use on a day to day basis: BIS Email, Surf the Internet, Twitterberry (can set to use a BIS connection), BerryWeather (can set to use a BIS connection), Poynt, Google Sync, Google Maps and App World.

    1) What are the main disadvantages to this type approach?
    2) Are any of my apps above going to prohibit me from doing this approach?
    3) Can someone point me to a good tutorial on this approach?
    4) Is anyone on here using this approach and what are your thoughts?

    I am sure more questions will come up. I hope to get some good info and make a good decision. I am going to try this when upgrading my next time if I get the right answers here, otherwise I will just continue to deal with the reboots. Thanks in advance for all your input guys.



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    I am not sure whether changing your APN settings or removing them will have any effect on holding a steady EDGE signal. Let me do some research and get back to you.

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    I have the same problem and I disable the APN and I can gold the steady EDGE signal. The apps I use I have it set to BIS and everything is working fine.

    I am using the straight 4.7.0.141 leack on my 9530 and I am using it on T-Mobile and I have BIS/BES



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    Sweet Mixo thanks for clarifying this. I'm sure other would appreciate this info. Maybe we should make a thread for other GSM users.

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    Thanks. I thought this was the case. I am just wondering how limiting using only BIS option on apps really is. Does Google Sync and Maps use BIS? Does Speedtest use BIS? Will I have any problems clicking on links in emails? Just wondering what the limitations are. I have read a couple of threads over on CB about this but so few users are on GSM that it gets very little play.

    I will say this, as far as an Edge signal goes, my Storm has a better phone signal than any 2G phone I ever had and is really better overall than the Bold. I have 2-3 areas I drive all the time and I know exactly where I would drop calls on my old 8800 and Bold. These areas are now fine for me.

    Another thing is speed. I have used xtremelabs to test my Storm directly against my wife's iPhone and 2 out of 3 times, I get faster download times than she deos on her 3G phone. Its pretty amazing. I am not saying it is better in real world applications but it has been a fix for me thinking my phone is really slow.



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    OK, I am trying Crackman's v5 tonite. I am going to try the .132 radio without the APN and set eveything to BIS. We will see if it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awtryau89 View Post
    OK, I am trying Crackman's v5 tonite. I am going to try the .132 radio without the APN and set eveything to BIS. We will see if it works.
    Good luck let us know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlevy73 View Post
    Good luck let us know how it goes.
    Well, its a no-go for me. I tried the .132 radio and with nothing running it just bounced back and forth to much. I gave it multiple battery pulls and a few hours to stabilize but its not worth it. All my features work on BIS and if it would hold like .90, I would not have an issue. Oh well, I tried.

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