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    Default [iPhone 3G] How is your reception after installing firmware 2.1?

    I was having bad reception prior to firmware 2.1, and I thought that all of my reception problems (dropped calls, bad reception, few to no bars, and slow 3G data speeds even with 5 bars showing) were going t be a thing of the past. That has not been the case for me, however! I live in northern New Jersey and work in New York City, so I have problems in two areas!! I get a lot of dropped calls in the basement in my house, and sometimes the calls don't drop, but the individual on the other end of the line can't hear me. I called AT&T, but they told me that my area has excellent 3G reception. I switched my AT&T locked 3G iPhone to EDGE, and the signal seemed to be a bit better, but I'm not sure if it truly was better because I didn't test it for a long period of time. I assume that the problem is that the tower is too far away or the 3G signal is weak. I thought that the problem could be that I was using a jailbroken and WinPwned phone and was not allowing the baseband to update (in the event that some of the reception tweaks are located in the baseband - nobody really knows if any of the reception fix is in the baseband, it seems), so I ordered an officially unlocked iPhone from Italy. I updated the officially unlocked iPhone to firmware 2.1 yesterday, and the signal was still horrible. Please note that I installed a clean install of firmware 2.1 on it, and I did not jailbreak it. So this was a completely legitimate phone. So it seems as if there is a problem with the firmware, the iPhone's hardware, or AT&T's 3G signal. If it is a problem with AT&T's signal, it could be due to the fact that the tower is too far away, that the signal is weak, or that the tower is overloaded and doesn't provide a quality signal.

    Are other people still having reception/signal issues (with dropped calls, no reception or bad reception in certain locations) after updating to firmware 2.1? Are you using a jailbroken and/or pwned iPhone? If so, are you in a major metropolitan city? Are indivuduals outside of the United States also having reception/signal issues? Do the problems go away if you switch to EDGE? I am going to call AT&T again and tell them about my reception issues. I am also going to demand a credit for each month during which my signal is not improved (at least in the amount of $15 per month, since that's what I'm paying extra for the 3G data plan and the text messages that are not included in the data plan). Hopefully that will create an incentive for them to do something! I used to use Verizon, and I never had a dropped call in about four years. I am not expecting AT&T to have the same level of quality network as Verizon has in the Northeast, but I would like to be able to make most phone calls without a problem. So this situation is truly embarrassing - sometimes I am on a call and the call is dropped three or four times. That is totally unacceptable.

    Does anybody know if 3G service in general or AT&T's 3G service in particular is also weak with other phones? Maybe this is happening because AT&T's 3G service is not robust.

    I am keeping my unlocked 3G phone, since most of the problems relating to the apps and laggy firmware were fixed with firmware 2.1. The reception problems are definitely still there, unfortunately!! Thank you for any input.
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    I bought an unlocked Iphone from Italy and am using it in Malta.

    I also did not jailbreak it yet and am using 2.1 and yes, I too get dropped callls and slow 3G.

    Having said that I was having dropped calls and unimpressive 3G with a Nokia N95 so I suspect that either the Nokia had issues too or else Vodafone in Mallta sucks...

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    Here with a italy unlocked phone in germany, after installing 2.1 the reception is much better then with 2.0.x - No more dropped calls no more bad quality and UMTS full speed.
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    I'm in Japan on the Softbank network and after the update we haven't had any dropped calls (not counting long tunnels). The reception displays a better signal then before as well. Before, it seemed to match my other phone that has 3 bars. So, when it had 2 or 3 bars, then the iPhone would have 2 or 3 bars. Now, 3 bars on one phone will show 5 bars on the other.

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    In Southern Ontario I have dropped calls ALL the time with full 3G signal. My wife has a Samsung Jack also on 3G and she looses her calls all the time too. Very VERY annoying.


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    Thank you for all of your comments! It seems as if Apple did all that it could do in firmware 2.1 to obtain the best signal possible (as I also see more bars after installing firmware 2.1 - and although that doesn't mean that the signal is better, I'm assuming that it is). That being said, it seems like the problem is mostly a carrier problem (AT&T, in my case). I guess that 3G is still not up to par in the US. Individuals who use other 3G phones with AT&T in the US seem to have problems with bad reception/dropped calls as well. So at least I am glad that it's not an iPhone problem. Hopefully, as more towers are installed and the technology is tweaked, the service will be much better. Let's hope so! For now, I will use GSM/EDGE for phone calls and 3G only when I need to get on the internet or download applications. I look forward to LTE and 4G technology so that we can finally get Wi-Fi speeds on our mobile phones!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vandy1997 View Post
    Thank you for all of your comments! It seems as if Apple did all that it could do in firmware 2.1 to obtain the best signal possible (as I also see more bars after installing firmware 2.1 - and although that doesn't mean that the signal is better, I'm assuming that it is). That being said, it seems like the problem is mostly a carrier problem (AT&T, in my case). I guess that 3G is still not up to par in the US. Individuals who use other 3G phones with AT&T in the US seem to have problems with bad reception/dropped calls as well. So at least I am glad that it's not an iPhone problem. Hopefully, as more towers are installed and the technology is tweaked, the service will be much better. Let's hope so! For now, I will use GSM/EDGE for phone calls and 3G only when I need to get on the internet or download applications. I look forward to LTE and 4G technology so that we can finally get Wi-Fi speeds on our mobile phones!
    Just to add one more from Germany where I am right now. i have an italian unlocked on o2 Germany simcard. I do get 2.400 Kbps download here, 307 Kbps upload; never experienced dropped calls, just a killer.
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    No reception problems with 2.02 and still none with 2.1 but also no 3G where I am right now.

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    2.1 has done NOTHING for me.. Half my calls still drop even in areas with 5 bars.. I don't understand how the various blog sites (engadget / gizmodo) say the 2.1 fixed the dropped call problem. The 3g iPhone is still the biggest piece of crap.

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    It seems to me that Apple has done all that it could to tweak the iPhone, and there is nothing wrong with its signal or 3G radio. I have done a few tests where I am located in midtown New York City using the SpeedTest app from the App Store, and, during the daytime, the range that I get for 3G is between 50 and 100 kbps for downloads. At night, however, when there are fewer users hooked up to the towers, the range increases to between 600 and 850 kbps. Therefore, it seems like bandwith overload during the daytime is what is causing the dropped calls and slow speeds for download/upload. The bad reception (usually indoors) seems to be due to a weak 3G signal; that can only be resolved through putting up more towers and using a stronger signal - the 850 Mhz frequency is supposed to be stronger than the 1900 Mhz frequency, so hopefully AT&T will put up more towers with the stronger frequency so that we can have 3G singal indoors!
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