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Old 09-23-2007, 12:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have noticed that on my 8830 the service bar indicator frequently "bounces" back and forth from 1 bar to 3 or 4 bars. I was just flipping through the Options->Status menu and noticed that for signal it usually remains around -90dBm but when it changes to around -110dBm and I quickly return the home screen, that is when only 1 bar is available. Has anyone experienced something similar to this? I haven't had any problems making calls but on occasion the browser can be slow and I don't know if there is anything that can be done. Thanks.
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You need to update the software on your blackberry. See the sticky on the first page of the forums marked Softare update, or something like that, for the Verizon BB's. I had that same issue, but aftrer the softwre update, that an all the other issues I was having was solved.
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Here's a link:

http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...2-2-148-a.html
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It will also fix any Calendar issues you may have.
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I remember there is a automated phone number to call. *xxx or #xxx that I used to use to upgrade the devices as well..
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I remember there is a automated phone number to call. *xxx or #xxx that I used to use to upgrade the devices as well..
Not for upgrading the main software for the blackberries. There is a number to call to update the roaming capabilities, and that's considered a software update for the phone but it woudl not affect the blackberry software. In fact, unless there's something I've missed, that number works for any cell phone...not just a blackberry.
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On VERIZON phones, dialing *228 Send takes you to over-the-air programming.

Option 1 programs your phone upon initial activation (a one-time thing).

Option 2 updates your phone's preferred roaming list. Verizon recommends doing this every three months.

This feature has nothing to do with reception or signal strength, Blackberry data functionality, or other Blackberry features such as calendar, etc.

How To... Roaming Indicator

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Old 09-23-2007, 09:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In my office near the Galleria in Houston I can sit in my chair look at the computer and have 3 bars. I turn 90 degrees and face the door and have 1 bar with my 8830. At least it works. My old LG cell phone would work, I would rotate my chair to look for something on my desk and lose the call. No cell phone worked in my bosses cubicle and he was in the corner with two windows 15 floors up. This included Verizon, TMobile, Sprint and at&t.

Short of this is that you need to review where you are before condemning the cell phone or carrier. There are natural dead areas due to buildings, mountains and such.
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