1. mohavewolfpup's Avatar
    I'm really fedup with this 9650 at this point. got it from the best buy deal that kept going around 1-2 years ago. feels like I have been in total purgatory with this piece of, umm sandwich.... yeah that's a good cover word....

    unlike most though who rush to the iphone and other trash pastures, i'm staying in blackberry, going back to my 8330 if sprint will let me, which i'll see after the battery charges up in it.

    With the screen screwed up in this 9650 now (not under warranty, don't believe in them, was thinking the 9650 would be like the 8330, hah!) so i'm up the typical creek.

    What do I do for a more modern blackberry now? I'm so pissed, if I could I would be tempted to return scam it, as I feel enraged I dropped $200 on something that can't even stay connected to a cell tower for 5 seconds!

    I've done it all. battery pulls, praying to mecca, hybrids, non hybrids, had the dali llama personally fly out and bless it, almost tossed it in a bucket of holy water, and still nothing!

    No OS update will help the oh so crappy antenna issues these things have! My old curve, I could be anywhere short of standing next to areas of high electrical interference, and I could get rock solid signal. Even fringe parts of the network I would still grab a full signal.

    This 9650? pfft. Same areas I used the 8330 in, zilch, zip, nada. I feel like i'm on tmobile, where you have to carefully rivet yourself to the floor and not even move a muscle or twitch your nose, least the signal drops like a rock. Believe me, I've seen it! family members at the same job I had would be swearing at their phone, a curve 8320, while my 8330 in the same area had a full signal!

    Now, this little diatribe is leading to me believe it's the crappy wifi trash tacked onto it!

    Has blackberry sacrificed the radio antenna quality to offload it onto wifi? seriously. Why is it a 8330 is rock solid, but a 8320 with wifi sucks major wind, and now here I am with a 9650 having the same issues! and it's got wifi!

    what do I do for a modern blackberry? I like the open gl and all that with the modern platforms, but I am so sick of the shoddly designed hardware!

    I'm also extremely rigid with blackberry as my choice, as the form factor fits well with what I do, and works well with the otter boxes. But, it's to the point I feel let down, even abused by blackberry.

    Unlike most who want to skip to the ipod or android horizons, i'll probably just stuck with the 8330 and then drop off the cell network for good when the 4G trash rushes all the cdma phones to the scrap yard, which probably won't be a bad thing...

    does the 8330 curve replacement perform like crap? it looks like a smaller version of the 9650, same track pad, but less memory. Probably the same crappy radio problems at this point.

    Like i've said, I tried it all. I'm not stupid when it comes to a phone. battery pulls, various os updates, hybrids, all of it. zip, zilch, nada. same trash, different wrapper.

    I want to keep the blackberry platform, but i'm feeling more and more that I am better off hanging in until the forced closure of the cdma networks for overpriced 4G, then leaving for good....

    Any tips on this issue? I refuse to keep paying over and over for a inferior device that won't work. Maybe I need to pay a visit to waterloo ontario again and throw it through their corporate headquarters windows, that's how pissed I am and feeling ripped off for having faith!

    Is there someone in corporate I can contact and raise cane with? I'm not in the mood to waste my time emailing or snail mailing a 10 page letter just to have "thank you for your time, we value your input" yada yada fired back at me

    I just want a phone that works properly for my $200. guess I should be lucky I didn't pay full price for it, then I would be 10 times as pissed....

    Help!
    07-23-11 03:34 AM
  2. pcgizmo#IM's Avatar
    I had an 8330, and now have 9650, and without a doubt, 9650 puts the old Curve to shame. Next time, buy it from Sprint, not best buy.
    Last edited by pcgizmo; 07-25-11 at 07:38 AM.
    07-23-11 04:59 AM
  3. Tõnis's Avatar
    Hmmmm. Before my 9650, I was using an 8330m with which I always had great signal, and I haven't noticed any drop in signal quality with my 9650. I wonder if it's Sprint in your area(s)? I was reading how the quality and accessibility of the Sprint network in some areas has been reduced.

    Or maybe you have a bum unit. I, too, got my Bold 9650 (no camera) at Best Buy (it was only $80 as opposed to $200 at Sprint!) and so far, so good. Before I bought it, I asked Sprint customer service if the Bold I buy from Best Buy or Radio Shack is the exact same hardware as the one I would buy from Sprint and was told yes, it is. I asked this, because I know certain things (tools and stuff like that) obtained from Home Depot (for example) actually have a slightly different catalog number, and I've noticed an ever-so-slight difference in quality from the same brand's tool available elsewhere. I wanted to make sure that that wasn't the case with the phones and was told it isn't. So, I would suspect the Sprint network first, then a bad unit.
    07-23-11 06:11 AM
  4. mohavewolfpup's Avatar
    well i'm on my old 8330 now, and no signal issues so far. bars are down a little, but the phone is still adjusting itself from being in hibernation. Unlike the 9650, I have had *no* signal drops, the irritating X of doom, and other bs!

    I don't know what to do at this point, the screen is toast, has a crack at the top, and i'll be damned if I pay to fix it. it is blackberrys fault/problem at this point, not mine. I expect a top shelf phone, and what do I get? a reason I should have never left the 8330. at least it's radios work properly!. I forgot i've even been within spitting distance of a cell tower, and the signal on the 9650 still drops in and out. pathetic indeed.....

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    07-23-11 08:06 AM
  5. Crude Berry's Avatar
    I also had an 8330, and now the 9650 with no loss of service at all. Just because you 9650 is a bad apple in a bunch doesn't mean the rest of them are. Next time buy from your carrier, not Best Buy, better warranty service that way.
    07-23-11 08:59 AM
  6. kbz1960's Avatar
    Maybe the screws for the antenna need to be tightened.
    07-23-11 09:02 AM
  7. damule6666's Avatar
    I had an 8330, and now have 9650, and without a doubt, 9650 puts the old Curve to shame. Next time, buy it from Verizon, not best buy.
    Buying from Verizon wouldn't have helped him much, i believe he said he is on Sprint.
    07-23-11 12:02 PM
  8. damule6666's Avatar
    Went from an S2 (cringe) to a 9650 and not one issue like you described. Although i am on Verizon.
    07-23-11 12:04 PM
  9. Fit24's Avatar
    I haven't experienced any of the issues you have described. I suspect you may have defective device.
    07-23-11 05:54 PM
  10. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    well i'm on my old 8330 now, and no signal issues so far. bars are down a little, but the phone is still adjusting itself from being in hibernation. Unlike the 9650, I have had *no* signal drops, the irritating X of doom, and other bs!

    I don't know what to do at this point, the screen is toast, has a crack at the top, and i'll be damned if I pay to fix it. it is blackberrys fault/problem at this point, not mine. I expect a top shelf phone, and what do I get? a reason I should have never left the 8330. at least it's radios work properly!. I forgot i've even been within spitting distance of a cell tower, and the signal on the 9650 still drops in and out. pathetic indeed.....

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    Did the screen crack due to dropping the device? If so, perhaps the drop also damaged the radio.
    07-23-11 06:10 PM
  11. mohavewolfpup's Avatar
    Did the screen crack due to dropping the device? If so, perhaps the drop also damaged the radio.
    nope, was junk before that. Radio has been flaky and garbage since day one. improved a little, then went loco again.

    The antenna may need to be tightened? is that true, or a joke?

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    07-23-11 06:32 PM
  12. Culex316's Avatar
    Reception on Sprint has always been screwy....but on EDGE and 3G on GSM networks, reception is quite good and stable.
    07-23-11 11:47 PM
  13. pcgizmo#IM's Avatar
    Maybe the screws for the antenna need to be tightened.


    The antenna may need to be tightened? is that true, or a joke?
    You can't really call it a joke, it's more of a junk post to fill up space

    Buying from Verizon wouldn't have helped him much, i believe he said he is on Sprint.
    Fixed. Sprint is probably the problem, people with signal issues on Bold 9650 tend to be Sprint customers.
    07-25-11 07:42 AM
  14. bustermin's Avatar
    I had similar issues and I did a clean wipe (via BBSAK) and re-installed the OS and all is well again.
    (This post will bump me to an "Abuser" )
    07-27-11 07:56 AM
  15. mikeplus1's Avatar
    I had similar issues and I did a clean wipe (via BBSAK) and re-installed the OS and all is well again.
    (This post will bump me to an "Abuser" )
    Whoa buster, you really need to ease up on the posting, geez 100 posts in 16 months, your gonna muck the servers up, lol. Congrats!
    07-27-11 09:41 AM
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