1. Cheech92007's Avatar
    Almost everybody knows to dial *228 and hit 2 to update roaming capabilities every once and a while, but does it even do anything? Im willing to bet that 10 out of 10 times I have performed this, my signal it actually worse! For example: Before *228, I'll have 2 bars. After, 1 bar or none at all!

    I only know of *228 for any reason. Are there any other numbers like this to call for improvement for anything?

    AND DO THEY ACTUALLY WORK?!
    06-29-09 12:41 PM
  2. TwinsX2Dad's Avatar
    That updates your PRL, or preferred roaming list. When there are updates to the PRL, your home area is not affected, only additional tower signatures are added.

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    06-29-09 12:49 PM
  3. DesertDogs's Avatar
    I know this but just to clarify: the prl updates do nothing to your home network, right? So if someone does a prl update, there is zero effect on home coverage?

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    06-29-09 05:02 PM
  4. lastraid's Avatar
    What if there is a new tower in the home area?
    06-29-09 05:22 PM
  5. gvillager's Avatar
    What if there is a new tower in the home area?
    My phone picks up signal from new towers without doing a PRL update. As long as the new tower is broadcasting on a SID that is already in your PRL your phone will pick it up.
    06-29-09 05:30 PM
  6. TwinsX2Dad's Avatar
    I know this but just to clarify: the prl updates do nothing to your home network, right? So if someone does a prl update, there is zero effect on home coverage?
    Correct and correct.
    My phone picks up signal from new towers without doing a PRL update. As long as the new tower is broadcasting on a SID that is already in your PRL your phone will pick it up.
    Exactly. Home coverage area is unaffected by a PRL update. When you do an update, new roaming tower IDs are added. Sometimes, roaming towers are removed, but that is only in the case of a tower that no longer functioning.

    So, anyone who claims they think their service degraded after doing a PRL update should do it again, as they may have picked up a corrupted file. This is highly unlikely, as the update process does a reference check, but a corrupted file is the ONLY reason service may see degradation.

    Some may point to bad PRL files being released, but this is rarer than winning big $$$ on a lotto ticket & would be corrected quickly.

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    06-29-09 05:43 PM
  7. DesertDogs's Avatar
    Thanks. I thought I had it right.

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    06-29-09 05:57 PM
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