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Old 04-24-2008, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in an area with no cell service in my house. I have to drive 1/2 mile up the street before service is available. It's a pain, but I've learned to live with it.

I just switched from an ATT Pearl 8100 to the Pearl 8120. When I leave my house it takes 5 minutes before the 8120 indicates that I have cell service, where previously my 8100 would indicate coverage much sooner. If I turn my 8120 off/on, it immediately recognizes that I'm in a coverage area and I can make calls. But if the phone is already on, it still takes 5 minutes for the phone to recognize that cell service is available.

I imagine that the problem is that the phone doesn't search for coverage for several (ie 5) minutes, and I've been unable to find a setting that changes this. I've turned off wi-fi and bluetooth because I thought that might have some impact, but it makes no difference.

Is there a way to increase the frequency of the 8120 scanning for coverage, so that I can use my phone sooner?

Old 04-24-2008, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's no way to edit that. Its built in to the OS. You might be able to find a newer OS that might do better. Look at the top of the 8100 forum for the latest OS for the 8120. Good luck!
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With each carrier, there is usually an automated number you call to update your phone with all of the cell towers. In fact, I am going to do it for mine now.
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would you consider going with t-mobile? they have a service in which you can make calls over your wifi network at home, or any wifi network for that matter (as long as the wifi is using a supported router). I am on the same boat as you are as far as the nearest coverage area is concerned, but with UMA, my reception at home is full bars.
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