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Old 10-06-2008, 08:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by test54 View Post
Dallas, as always I don't care to go back and forth with you. Simply look at the news about the device and you will see that overwhelming majority of the users are no longer having any problems. The old stories about poor receptions are just that, old, since 2.1 things are different. - done.
Keep drinking that kool-aid and putting your head in the sand, test!

From CNet:
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iPhone 3G Signal Strength Problems Persist in OS 2.1

Posted 22 September 2008 @ 6am in Troubleshooting

Users continue to report poor 3G signal strength under iPhone OS 2.1. To be clear, iPhone OS 2.1 does not purport to actually boost signal strength. Instead, it provides “more accurate” signal strength display, which, in most cases, means more bar bars, but not necessarily better reception or ability to make/receive cals.

Two sample reports from this Apple Discussion thread:

* “the point is that the 3G did go from zero to all the bars but still dropping the calls!
* “I just bought my iphone yesterday and asoon as i got home the reception was terribal so i updated it to 2.1 and instead of getting no bars i get 1 to 3 bars but it goes off and on and turns 3g off and goes to edge.”

The most reliable indicator of actual signal strength is the iPhones dB meter, which can be accessed in field test mode. Dial *3001#12345#* then press “Call.” A dB reading below 50 generally indicates good strength.
iPhone 3G Signal Strength Problems Persist in OS 2.1 - iPhone Atlas

Another CNet article amplifying further:
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Apple’s iPhone Signal Strength Placebo

Posted 25 September 2008 @ 8am in News

As previously noted, users continue to report poor 3G signal strength under iPhone OS 2.1. To be clear, iPhone OS 2.1 does not purport to actually boost signal strength. Instead, it provides “more accurate” signal strength display, which, in most cases, means more bar bars, but not necessarily better reception or ability to make/receive calls. However, it appears that “more accurate” may mean “unreasonably generous.”

Noted in our previous report, the most reliable indicator of actual signal strength is the iPhones dB meter, which can be accessed in field test mode. Dial *3001#12345#* then press “Call.” A dB reading below 50 generally indicates good strength.

iPhone Atlas reader Michael did some testing, and found that widely varying dB readings resulted in the same five-bar signal indicator on his iPhone. He writes:

“After I upgraded to 2.1, I did indeed notice a consistent indication of ‘5 bars’ of signal strength. Then I learned how to put my iPhone in field test mode so the phone displays an absolute signal strength indication of dBm rather than a relative signal strength indication of ‘bars.’ You can then tap the signal strength to switch between the two. I have done an informal survey and observed the following:

1. -50 dBm = 5 signal bars
2. -75 dBm = 5 signal bars
3. -80 dBm = 5 signal bars
4. -95 dBm = 5 signal bars
5. -113 dBm = 5 signal bars

Michael’s results beg the question — does iPhone OS 2.1 really provide more accurate signal strength indication? Or does it simply inflate the signal strength reading?
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So you're right, in 2.1 things are different - Apple has inflated the "bars" readout, since they apparently have NOT solved the reception issues. "Done" indeed.

So, there's the "news about the device" you said to "simply look at." Tough being confronted with the truth, huh? Or is CNet full of BS and don't know what they're talking about either?
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