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Nexus One Owners Report Spotty 3G Signals On T-Mobile 146

rsk writes "One of the most popular questions on the Google Nexus One support forums is the 'Spotty 3G?' thread with almost 700 posts of users complaining about their 3G signal coverage fluctuating up, down, and between EDGE/3G with the phone just sitting on the desk or compared to other 3G devices on the T-Mobile network that don't offer the same unpredictable behavior. One workaround that seems to fix the issue is forcing the phone into '3G' or 'WCDMA Only' mode. This is a bit of a downer given that T-Mobile just finished their 3G upgrade to 7.2Mbps. Official word from Google is 'We are investigating this issue....'"
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Nexus One Owners Report Spotty 3G Signals On T-Mobile

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  • by dgatwood (11270) on Wednesday January 13, 2010 @02:28PM (#30754708) Homepage Journal

    No, really?

    Have you seen their coverage maps? They make AT&T look good.

  • by cmkeane (240429) on Wednesday January 13, 2010 @02:32PM (#30754780)

    I ordered the N1 right out of the box, and it has performed almost flawlessly. The 3G has held as good as anything in REAL use. And it has compared favorably with my experience on the myTouch on t-mobile, and a long list of WM phones on AT&T. It is possible there is a bad batch in the initial production line, or perhaps people are spending WAY too much time looking at their signal status! I have never seen any phone be perfect in holding steady bars/speed level on any carrier in real use - you know, moving about in a building, driving a car, and even just sitting in my office. Too many variables. Its a friggin' phone, not a magical device and large production runs may have some flaws. Now the apparent lack of customer support planned, that is a different story.

  • by GooberToo (74388) on Wednesday January 13, 2010 @02:47PM (#30754986)

    Why is this marked troll?!?

    Really the big question is, is 3G available when the user wants to use 3G. Otherwise, who cares if its in 2G when the phone isn't being used as that likely provides a huge battery life boost.

  • it's still in beta (Score:4, Insightful)

    by alen (225700) on Wednesday January 13, 2010 @02:47PM (#30754992)

    seriously, i was checking the Android Central forums and there is a whole thread there how it's a known issue with HTC phones going back at least a year and affects all carriers

  • by sukotto (122876) on Wednesday January 13, 2010 @04:32PM (#30756570)

    You got a response from Google about a technical problem with one of their products?

    How the hell did you accomplish that?

  • by Pointy_Hair (133077) on Wednesday January 13, 2010 @04:34PM (#30756598)

    ... it's always your blood all over the floor. Give it a while and they'll have that shiny new gadget patched up real nice!

  • Typical (Score:3, Insightful)

    by tgibbs (83782) on Wednesday January 13, 2010 @08:04PM (#30759386)

    Doesn't this happen anytime anybody releases a smartphone that is easy to use? All of a sudden, people are actually using the web browser in their phones, and complaining when their internet access is slow. And the demand for bandwidth goes up, and the weaknesses in coverage and the algorithms the phones use to lock onto the network start to stand out. If history is any guide, these problems will gradually subside after a few months and a couple of system upgrades.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard