06-10-2007, 03:48 AM
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I have the exact same problem with a 8700c that I bought on ebay. The phone has a very very poor signal strength. I ended up shelling out the full retail price for a new one at a cingular store. The phone I bought on ebay was used but was in very good cosmetic condition. I think there is definitely a problem with the radio in the device. As an example my brand new 8700 has a signal strength of -68dBm (perfect) on the second floor of my apartment. Meanwhile, the ebay 8700 has a signal strength of -110dBm (extremely poor). I have taken the ebay one apart hoping to find something simple like dirty antenna contacts but everything was perfect. I am going to assume that the device was simply used a LOT before I got it. If anyone has any ideas on how to repair/replace the tx/rx components in an 8700 for a reasonable price it would be much appreciated. I do a lot of work with small surface mount components on pc boards in my company. It sure would be neat if I could figure out a way to repair it. I have 2 8700c's that are in perfect cosmetic condition but one of them is barely useable due to the radio problem. I don't think that it is a widespread problem with the 8700 because there are no other reports of it on this forum and I absolutely love the new one I bought in the store. Sure was expensive though.
Last edited by Igor : 06-10-2007 at 03:51 AM.