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Old 05-02-2010, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Fix: poor 3G, SOS mode and reception

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take the back cover off and check how tight your screws are.

frustrated with my lack of signal and after buying a brand new sim i started tinkering with the phone.

you might recall i got my 9000 for like twenty bucks; i was getting ready to smash it, again, and just cave in and grab a store bought one.

i tried downgrading and upgrading to different o.s's to no avail. it wasnt the tower strength either as all my friends have fully functioning 3G and network wherever we go.

i noticed when i squeezed the bottom of the phone the signal strength would increase gradually until it became a full 5 bars.

im missing the two bottom screws and one side screw thus causing the circuit board to disconnect from the front of the casing a bit. when i would squeeze the phone and travel, no more going into sos and full 3G reception everywhere.



so in conclusion, get yourself a t5 screw driver to tighten your screws and some replacement screws if your missing any as they are vital to the operation and functionality of your device.

screwdriver and screw set. for cheap!
10 Screw+T5 Screwdriver Repair for Blackberry 9000 Bold on eBay.ca (item 320517392734 end time 14-May-10 15:29:29 EDT)
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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WHAT A GREAT HELP! Thanks for this post, I was going crazy trying to find out what was causing my phone to constantly go SOS-3g-GPRS like crazy since last Monday. I've pulled the battery countless times, reinstalled the OS, downgraded, factory-reset, all to no avail.

I was about to post here to get help, but decided to RTFM, err I mean RTFF! Glad I did, as when I took the back cover off and pressed the mid-board a bit, voila! My EDGE connection magically got better. Took hand off, went to 1 bar. Pressed again, and back to 3-4 bars! Took out the torx, and sure enough 3 screws along bottom and side were loose. Took phone apart just to be sure connections were clean, then put it all back together. I always take care not to over-tighten the screws, last time I remember being very light turning them and I think that's why they were loose.

Anyways, you saved me from buying another phone! Thanks
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow. Ditto! I replaced the bezel on my phone last week, and thought I may have destroyed part of the antenna in doing so (though I was extremely careful and never felt anything go awry). This did the trick! Thanks Lukenthegreat!
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