1. 8220flippin's Avatar
    Hello fellow bb people:
    I've had my 9700 for about a week and a half and lovin it. However I've noticed and been wondering why when I'm outside, the signal is at 3G where as when I'm in the house it switches to EDGE. Is it supposed to do that or should i be contacting my service provider about it? But in all the phone functions the same.

    Thanks for any info you share.
    06-15-10 01:48 PM
  2. fatboy97's Avatar
    If it's not a strong enough 3G signal it will drop down to the next best signal... and that would be EDGE.
    06-15-10 02:07 PM
  3. 8220flippin's Avatar
    If it's not a strong enough 3G signal it will drop down to the next best signal... and that would be EDGE.
    Ah, that would explain it. Thanks for your info.
    06-15-10 02:18 PM
  4. ratsttam's Avatar
    3g (and GSM in general) have a harder time penetrating buildings. Very likely that that it's just not strong enough where you are to maintain 3g indoors
    06-15-10 02:19 PM
  5. 8220flippin's Avatar
    3g (and GSM in general) have a harder time penetrating buildings. Very likely that that it's just not strong enough where you are to maintain 3g indoors
    Thank you ratsttam.
    06-15-10 02:29 PM
  6. 48593039584729's Avatar
    3g (and GSM in general) have a harder time penetrating buildings. Very likely that that it's just not strong enough where you are to maintain 3g indoors
    3G is W-CDMA and not GSM & GSM is better indoors than CDMA. CDMA is better for signal travel, where GSM does poorly.

    If your phone is switching over to EDGE you should look into finding out how to enable 3G-Only in your BB's settings. This might work with unofficial OS'es as T-Mobile has removed this feature from their official OS. Chances are 3G isn't as strong as 2G yet in your home area and the phone wants to switch over to the stronger signal. You probably have usable 3G available. 1 bar is good enough for 3G to make and receive calls but most phones switch over to 2G long before 3G is completely dead
    Last edited by 48593039584729; 06-15-10 at 04:30 PM.
    06-15-10 04:27 PM
  7. Jberry9700's Avatar
    Signal strength seems to be the issue. It sounds normal. Mine does that as well and I don't see any difference in performance.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    06-15-10 04:37 PM
  8. stash86's Avatar
    If you insist on using 3G in your home, you can set the network to 3G only, but it will drain your battery. I read that somewhere in this forum, that's why I change my setting to 2G only. No much difference, but (some people said) can help increase battery life.
    06-15-10 11:59 PM
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