10-31-2006, 04:08 PM
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| | BB 7100i / Cingular dropping network
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I purchased a closeout 7100i a couple months ago from Tiger Direct. I have never gotten into the data stuff yet but it was working fine as a phone / sms device until recently. Since the problem started, I am frequently losing the Cingular network and when that happens, it never comes back on its own. I have to manually turn off wireless, then turn it back on. Then all is fine until the next time I get out of range. Since I live near a fringe area, this is happening daily.
Two things have changed recently. First, I bought a holster with the magnetic device detect so when I holster the BB it goes to sleep (or whatever you call it). I love this feature, by the way. It's one of the reasons -- along with the cool keyboard of SMSing -- I chose Blackberry. No more accidental key presses and I can turn off the ringer when holstered! Anyway, I doubt if this is the cause, but I included this in case it triggers something.
Second, I recently contacted Cingular because on my last bill there were hundreds of tiny data downloads on my bill. I had one of those a la carte data plans which I only used occasionally with my old phone. I was never able to get my BB browser working (probably because this phone was orginially a T-Mobile and I never figured out how to reprogram it). Anyway, there was no indication on my phone of any data activity -- I kept seeing a "data connection refused" message. But my bill had over $20 worth of data traffic. So the guy at Cingular credited my bill and disabled data access since I am not using it anyway. Could that have something to do with my problem?
Sorry for being so wordy. I am so new to the BB that I am still figuring things out and I figure something above might trigger an "aha!" with someone. I appreciate any help I can get!