I have a Tmo pearl and I i'm sick and tired of either low reception because of the BB or Tmobile. i almost don't care wich part is at fault, but my phone is constantly "searching" in my office. People with cingular have 4 bars. my coworker with a cingular blackberry gets 4 bars.
If i pick up my phone to text with 1 or 2 bars, it ALWAYS goes to "searching" while i'm typing my text. i think if my body is touching it, the phone gets less reception, or it tries to find a better signal while typing a message. In order to minimize searching mode, i leave it out on my desk out of the case. If it's on my hip in the case and i take it out, 50% of the time it is searching and it will stay in searching for up to 1 minute to 2 minutes before it finds a signal again. when i do have a signal, the quality is excellent no matter if i walk to the center of my building.
some of you might say, "why didn't i notice this during the first 30 days?". well i didn't know i was missing calls left and right at work, and i didn't have a case back then so it was always on my desk.
if i bug Tmobile enough will they let me out of the remaineder of my one year contract and give me an unlock code? that way i could try cingular's reception?
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