Why do Slacker & Pandora "break" your data connection?
I love both of these apps, but hardly bother to use them on my 9700 b/c it is almost a certainty that they will "break" my data connection, which can only be resolved by a complete restart of the phone.
What I mean by that is you'll be listening to streamed music, it will try to switch to a different song, and will become hung up. At this point, you can restart either program, or even try to use your normal browser, but to no avail--your data connection basically completely dies (regardless of coverage strength) until you reset.
Why is this happening? How is this tolerable? And, yes, I've noticed this on several versions of Pandora and Slacker, and my phone works brilliantly otherwise.
- 04-23-2010, 12:16 PM #2
- 04-23-2010, 12:39 PM #4
- 04-23-2010, 12:50 PM #5
Wanted to point out what you said though about ATT needing to handle the bandwidth from iphones and androids, don't believe there are any droids on ATT yet, at least not that I know of and I just was looking at them yesterday.
Those are good suggestions, and I have little doubt that the AT&T 3G network could be to blame. I didn't see a quality setting in Slacker, and Pandora's was already set to "Normal" (not "High").
I have used them at home for hours on end, and I believe the WiFi in my house is supporting the data transfer, which could explain why it works better there. I really should've switched carriers instead of re-upping with AT&T when I got my Bold. But my wife doesn't use a lot of the hardcore data stuff, so she doesn't seem to see a reason to switch to any other carrier.
I absolutely believe that the iPhone users (all of which are AT&T of course) are guzzling bandwidth/spectrum on the AT&T network. Hopefully either AT&T improves their network or enough people start jumping ships to other carriers that it balances out.
- 04-23-2010, 01:04 PM #9
I have read several places that BBs take on average 1/3rd of the bandwidth of the other phones/OS's. This is due to RIM having the policy of running all of the data through their servers and because they are footing the bill, they streamline it as much is possible.
- 04-23-2010, 02:42 PM #10
The same exact thing happened to me. This is the MAIN reason I am not using this phone anymore. I understand that there are not many apps on blackberry, but even those that it has, are buggy as ****. Pandora/slacker disconnect me from BIS until I do a battery pull.
Sorry, that is just a complete deal breaker.
- 04-23-2010, 03:06 PM #12
What carrier are you with.
- 04-23-2010, 03:28 PM #18
- 04-23-2010, 03:50 PM #20
Pretty sure this isn't a Pandora or a Slacker problem at all...
Pretty positive these 3rd party radio apps aren't using api's to actually force you off your BIS connection (which is a given), so something else is screwing up.
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04-23-2010, 04:05 PM #21
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I use Slacker all the time on my VZW 8330. Never had a data problem.
Did you know you can cache Slacker stations to your SD card so it won't bother your data connection? Might be a work-around. Once you've selected a station in Slacker, hit the Menu and select Cache Station. After you have selected a couple of stations to cache, connect your BB to your PC and one of the options it should prompt you with is to update your cached stations. When you go back in the app later, select one from your Cached Stations group and it plays from the SD card.Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank.
Give a man a bank and he can rob THE WORLD...
I am using AT&T 3G at work, not WiFi, but the signal strength is very strong. Still, it makes zero sense that it should wreck the 3G connection altogether until I restart. I guess I could try killing the data connection and turning the radio back on, but I doubt that would even work.
- 04-23-2010, 11:35 PM #24
I get this issue also. I figured it was just cause I use an unlocked Storm 2 on ATT. It happens with Slacker, Pandora, Flycast and for some reason Shazam. I just drop to edge from EDGE, but it still manages to stream, but I can't do anything else. Really weird. Usually all I have to do is close the App and wait s couple minutes or turn my network connection off and back on. Browsers and everything else seems to work normal, just streaming.
Everything works fine on my Bold 9000 though.Lumia 1020 - WP 8
32GB Playbook - OS 2.1