Originally Posted by kingston73
How well have you found the 9700 to switch from 3G to edge or GSM? One issue I find with my 8900 is if I'm on UMA, it will drop a call when switching to EDGE. A related question, have any of you had both phones at the same time, or have you noticed better reception from the 9700 in marginal areas?
I have issues with 3G handoff. Quite a few complaints from people as well.
It's a known issue on t-mobile. Looks like the next t-mobile update will "correct" the problem.
It's frustrating, calls would drop where they normally don't, because of switching from 3G to EDGE. Also have that issue of it dropping to GPRS while on a call and not switching back to 3G until after you hang up the call.
But to answer your question....YES, overall reception is better. I live in los angeles and a majority of the places I goto have 3G. I've noticed stronger signal and "extended" coverage because of the extra 3G band. The only issue is switching from 3G to EDGE, just like the UMA problem of dropping calls.
A test I did with my 9700 within weeks of getting it, I left it on 2G only. And it work basically exactly like my 8900, calls stopped dropping on my daily commutes.