My wife and I recently changed to Verizon to get Droids, she opted for the Eris and I chose the MotoDroid. We are on a family plan. We knew we wouldn't get 3G at home because we are in a Verizon fringe area, but US Cellular has good 1xRTT coverage around here and the Verizon coverage map shows our area as "Extended Enhanced" data coverage. Supposedly they "partner" with US Cellular for seamless data roaming.
My MotoDroid seems to lose the network whenever it roams into Extended coverage, but her Eris does not. Sitting here in the house, both phones side by side show -89 dBm & 12 ASU for her Eris and -90 dBm & 0 ASU for my MotoDroid. The Eris has a 1x connection and the Moto shows "Mobile Network State: Disconnected".
I started noticing as signal strength (dBm) moves up and down on the Eris the ASU reading changes, but if I'm roaming, mine is always at 0 ASU no matter what the dBm reading is. Even when the signal moved up to -85dBm the Moto shows 0 ASU. Once in awhile I'll get a quick 1x symbol but it doesn't last, and I get notifications that I have "lost network connection because", but the line is truncated after "because" and I can't bring up the whole message to read the rest - it's as if it wasn't sent.
If I head towards town and get into native Verizon range I get 3G and things are fine. Today when I went to town it immediately pulled down the OTA update and went through the process with no problem. After it finished I did a *228 update, but when I got home I lost connectivity again. There seems to be no improvement in that.
Does it seem like my Droid is defective and should be swapped out? The Eris doesn't seem to have a problem connecting here at the house, but the Droid has lost the connection from day 1.
Voice calls are fine - my problems are strictly data network related.