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Old 12-12-2009, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have a new Storm2 I purchased a few days ago and its officially on the Verizon network.

One problem I seem to have is that the signal keeps moving around between 0bars and 3bars in the house. I dont seem to notice any call quality issues as far as I know, I was on the phone for almost 4hrs yesterday for work. I work from home. I even saw it a few times switch from 3G to 1X on the signal.

Now my main questions is there anyway to disable say the 3G? I dont see the option in Mobile Network, all there is Automatic and Home.

My reason for trying this is to see if my battery life and signal is better on just the 1X. Because for example I removed storm2 off the charger this morning at 2am. Since 2am and 10am it was sitting in the sleep pouch, and by 10am I noticed battery already dropped to 80%, no phone calls, no apps, no emails even came in. So got a hunch the low signal is draining the battery excessively.

I know when I had my iphone switching from 3g to edge only helped signal and battery. Wondering if I can do the same on the Storm2 on Verizon. Again its important to me a little since I work primarily from home and this low signal and bad battery life is going to kill me. And what sucks is that I just signed this 2yr Verizon contract through work, so getting off this going to be problematic.

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You can always keep the device plugged in to your PC or charger to keep the battery topped up. I keep my 9000 plugged in all day. Won't hurt the battery or the device at all.

A couple things could be going on. One, your device is probably constantly searching for a good EVDO signal which will drain the battery somewhat. Another issue that could happen is that you are leaving data intensive apps open, not using the the "Close" feature but rather exiting out, leaving the apps still running.
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Im definetely not keeping any apps open. I checked the app switcher and only have the standard 5 running, mail, browser, home, phone, and BBM.

I guess I could keep it plugged in, but Im one of those "walkers" and love walking around the whole house while im on conference calls, keeps me from sitting in my office for 9-10hrs solid. Bluetooth alone wouldnt work since i would be more than 30ft away from the phone.

The other option I guess would be to buy the Verizon Network Extender, which is going to set me back another $250 just to get good signal inside the house.

Whats odd is why it keeps bouncing around, Ive seen it as high as 4bars on 3G in my bedroom, but then also seen it drop to 0bars just moving it like 3ft (from nightstand to my hands in the bed).

So I take it there is no way to force it to use the slower band on VZ?

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So when you are using the device, unplug it and when you get back to your desk, plug it in again. That is what I do.

Don't use VZW for the BB so I can't help with that question.
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1) Turning off 3g for vzw...I have been with vzw now for some time and to my knowledge you cannot opt out of 3g. That would be a great queation for vzw tech support on your phone.

2) Here's what I have noticed in using vzw. The 1x is the voice/phone part and the ev is the data portion of the signal. When my phone is just sitting I see 1xev if I am in a digital coverage zone. When I use data the 1x disappears because I can't use data and talk at the same time on the vzw network. When I am using my bb 8330 (personalphone) as a phone the ev disappears because I'm on the phone.

3) Another possible solution(s). You could buy an extra battery and keep it charged on a separate charger so you can use the phone all day around your home without worrying about plugging it in because you have two batteries. You could also plug it in to your pc or travel charger while at your desk and unplug it when you need to leave your desk.
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I am sure you most likely know this...anyphone in a area with poor reception is going to go through battery life like crazy because your phone has to put out a stronger radio signal to the carrier's tower and when your talking in an area with low signal then your defintiely draining battery life...you could try to decrease the brightness of your screen (instead of 100% change to 80% or 90% or whatever works for you. Another thing to consider is that increased screen real estate means less battery life plus your phone does use some data services on a daily basis too which kills battery life. You could put your phone on 'standy by' mode before you holster it which will help save battery life. I don't have the storm 2 but generalư in on a BB one would hold down the silence key that looks like a speaker with a line throught it till the dialog box pops up telling you your phone is entering standby and to hit the same button to remove from standby. Another battery saving option is to have the screen dim automatically sooner rather than later. You could also set your screen to turn off In 10 seconds or some other shorter time then a longer time. Phones are subject to the same power rules as notebooks...the bigger, brighter, and longer you have the notebook screen fully bright the shorter your battery life.
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It is possible to turn "data services" off. Perhaps this would help?
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It is possible to turn "data services" off. Perhaps this would help?
In my experience with vzw which has been about 4 years, I have not had the option to turn data services off only. I would recommend you call vzw tech support for your bb & ask them if you can toggle only data services on & off. Only a vzw customer svc rep or bb techincal support could really answer that question unless there are users on this forum who have some personal experience with this...when I look at my "manage connections" I see two options to toggle on/off the 'radio' and bluetooth. BUT I do have the Curve 8330 and I will not presume to be the expert on the storm 2 . I will twll you that today I had basically no battery and my phone indicated that my 'radio' was off but I was still streaming music via my pandora app which tells me that my phone has the capabilty to shut off the voice radio signal and still have the data portion on.
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In my experience with vzw which has been about 4 years, I have not had the option to turn data services off only...
To turn on/off data services on the Storm 2, go to Manage Connections->Mobile Network Options->Data Services-> and choose On/Off.

I use this on foreign travel to avoid extra expense but maybe it saves battery power, too.
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