1. stokie77's Avatar
    Hello All (especially those on UK network and even more specifically those on Voda UK)

    How is your signal reception on your 9900?

    Mine is ropey sometimes, at home a voda 3G mobile dongle gets 3G, the 9900 doesnt, only Edge.

    At work i often get SOS, whereas my works mobile has 2 bars of GSM signal.

    Yesterday i was walking around Tesco with my GF, her O2 phone has full 3G signsl, im on SOS, checked the coverage map on Voda and all of these show a minimum of great call/text coverage. Intermittant data i understand, but not being able to use it as a phone is starting to wind me up!

    Anyone suffering similar tales of signal woe, be it voda UK, UK, or in general? And does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks
    09-21-11 03:25 PM
  2. Phill_UK's Avatar
    No probs here using .353 in Voda UK.

    Out and about reception is fine, but rubbish at home where it always has been... hence my Sure Signal

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    09-21-11 03:33 PM
  3. Lumalee's Avatar
    I am on a sim free 9900, running on Orange UK, and signal is really rubbish. Has been from the start with 261 I think, but I am running 353 now and no difference in signal. IP4 gave me 3-4 bars, my 9900 is giving me 1-2 but mainly in SOS, and it takes agaes to come out of SOS mode, normally when I go upstairs in my house where the signal is better I have to make a dummy call to wake up the the TX and get it to log on to the network, gutted because this is the best BB I have had and I couldnt wait to get back to BB after a year with the IP4, so now I just gotta pray they put UMA in the next update.
    09-21-11 03:41 PM
  4. stokie77's Avatar
    Cheers guys, i came from iP4 too and it had better signal than this (ironic with all the antenna issues), think i might give Voda a bell tomorrow and see what they say.
    09-21-11 03:47 PM
  5. Dafunkhead's Avatar
    Sim-free 9900 as well, and no signal problems using it on T-mobile UK. 3G is amazingly quick for web browsing!
    09-21-11 04:08 PM
  6. Tinyk's Avatar
    Sim free 9900 on UK orange to and no problems with signal. Coming from the I4 its been a real treat to hold signal and no more missed call txts when the iphone never rang. The problem with the I4 is it trys to hold onto 3G signal even when its to weak and instead of going down to 2g it just goes straight to answerphone. Its great to not have to ring everyone back that rings me and have to explain to work collegues that my mobi wasn't turned off all the time.

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    09-21-11 04:26 PM
  7. Coffee Addict's Avatar
    I get better signal with 9900. Previously has 9700, at home indoors, it used to be GPRS/EDGE most of the time, except for a few points. But with 9900 it manages to holds onto 3G quite well. on .353 vodafone UK
    09-21-11 06:02 PM
  8. DangerMouseUK's Avatar
    You should really not be noticing degraded performance on the 9900.

    The 2XX series of firmwares were a bit slow on switching between different bands but that has largely been cured by .353

    I'd suggest you either update your firmware if you haven't already or give Vodafone a call and get the handset RMA'd (7days) or off for repair which will probably come back as a new unit.

    I've used 9900s on Orange, O2 and Voda and besides the network stalling on them from time to time the reception is quite good.

    Things will get marginally better with firmware updates, but don't expect miracles without a hardware change.

    There's also a lot of network upgrades going on in Stoke on Trent, so that might be something else to factor in.

    If you've had the phone on for a long time with a lot of apps installed, a reboot always helps - CTRL+SHIFT+DEL - as I've stated the network can stick on the wrong band for unknown reasons.
    09-21-11 06:49 PM
  9. AbuYazeedUK's Avatar
    I'm on .353 Voda UK like Phill said good reception out and about but quite rubbish at one particular spot in my house and SOS at my mums house lol and i don't have Sure Signal, I spoke to my local Voda store and they said they're working on their 3G services trying to update or something and while i was in the shop i found out i wasn't the only one with the problem there were other people in there complaining with different handsets.
    09-21-11 06:57 PM
  10. Spawn12's Avatar
    Sim-free 9900 as well, and no signal problems using it on T-mobile UK. 3G is amazingly quick for web browsing!
    Same here...holds signal on tmobile uk better than my 9780.
    09-21-11 07:22 PM
  11. boldkeyboardholic's Avatar
    o2 Germany - my 9900 is working fine.

    the reception is on the same level as it was with my 9000.

    I also using 2G more than 3G with the 9900. 3G drains the battery even more on the 9900 as on the 9000. (with 3G only turned on for e.G. YT or bigger websites/surfing I have enough backup for the evening)
    09-21-11 08:14 PM
  12. dtango's Avatar
    Currently suffering what sounds a similar issue, having owned the phone 3 days its a litle bit tedius.

    Sat at 4 bars of signal, i do sometimes plummet to SOS at certain points in my house.
    10-26-11 08:05 AM
  13. quattrojames's Avatar
    Voda UK and the 9900 has a lot poorer signal than the 9700 it replaced.

    I'm still on .296, and am hoping that an upgrade will improve things. I'll let you know.
    10-26-11 02:30 PM
  14. Phill_UK's Avatar
    Voda UK and the 9900 has a lot poorer signal than the 9700 it replaced.

    I'm still on .296, and am hoping that an upgrade will improve things. I'll let you know.
    Have to disagree with you about reception, and it was the 9780 that replaced the 9700.

    The signal on my 9900 is much stronger than it ever was on my 9700 and 9780.

    If you're still on buggy old .296 then that's your problem... upgrade to .440
    10-26-11 02:44 PM
  15. quattrojames's Avatar
    Have to disagree with you about reception, and it was the 9780 that replaced the 9700.

    The signal on my 9900 is much stronger than it ever was on my 9700 and 9780.

    If you're still on buggy old .296 then that's your problem... upgrade to .440
    Fair enough, but my 9900 is a lot worse than my 9700.

    What I meant was the signal is weaker than the previous phone I had, a 9700, I didn't have a 9780 so can't comment on that, so for me the 9900 replaced the 9700
    10-26-11 02:48 PM
  16. Phill_UK's Avatar
    Fair enough, but my 9900 is a lot worse than my 9700.

    What I meant was the signal is weaker than the previous phone I had, a 9700, I didn't have a 9780 so can't comment on that, so for me the 9900 replaced the 9700
    Understood, but you're still running the original OS that the phone shipped with.

    It's dated and buggy. The newer OS versions have much improved radio files.
    10-26-11 02:55 PM
  17. 10-Dee-Q's Avatar
    Trying to give some input here
    I'm not in UK but just wanna share
    My 9900 signal bar is little bit better than my previous 9700 and 9780 but, big BUT
    On my 9700/9780 they hold the signal better.

    In my bed, I usually get 3 bar with my 9700 and 9780 and it always stays that way no matter what I do, wheter I Bbming, texting, or watching youtube, it stays at 3 bar stable.
    But on my 9900 the signal fluctuate more
    Sometimes it can be 5 bar sometimes it move from 3G to edge and sometimes to SOS

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    10-26-11 06:38 PM
  18. dtango's Avatar
    Have to disagree with you about reception, and it was the 9780 that replaced the 9700.

    The signal on my 9900 is much stronger than it ever was on my 9700 and 9780.

    If you're still on buggy old .296 then that's your problem... upgrade to .440
    Im new to bb and cant honestly say i understand what you mean.

    How do i check my version and update if needed?
    10-26-11 06:55 PM
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