Issues I have seen w/ the Droid 3
I am new to the forum; but, not new to Droid. Have been using the Droid for 2 years and just bought my wife and I new Droid 3's and here are the experiences of our new Droid 3s.
Day 1 - Google update works good (aps loaded, contacts populated). Albeit, PDANet is still shunned by Verizon. Bluetooth linked to Jawbone; but, the quality is poor. “Note Everything” did not import my notes and does not recognize the notes on the SD card to import the notes. Determined that it is a software glitch as “Note Everything” does recognize .txt notes on the Droid “Internal Memory”.
Day 2 - Wireless and Bluetooth will not work (turn them on and they immediately turn off). Verizon troubleshoots and does a phone reset to no avail. Verizon Phone the replaced.
Day 3 – Bluetooth works; but, still poor quality (Jawbone sometimes won’t hookup on initial call. Have to restart phone to get it to work.
Day 4 – Well, the Advertised 550 minutes of talk time is about 3x what I am getting. Perhaps just wishful thinking from Veizon. I have everything turned off possible (wireless, GPS, …). My two year old Droid with the original battery does just as well.
Day 5 – I am on travel (not in my area) and Airplane mode will not turn off. I held the on button down and turned it off – it stayed on. I turned it off from the “wireless network settings”; but, it still stayed on. Then I tried to make a call and was prompted to allow Airplane mode to turn off and it worked.
The GPS won’t connect. It failed to connect for ~30 minutes. Restarted the phone and it did connect.
Day 6 – Data Roaming is default set to “off”. I notice that the phone automatically turns Data Roaming off after minutes to hours of “data roaming”. Verizon tech support does not know how to prevent this. Spent an hour and a half on the phone with various levels of tech support (final was Level 3 or Tier 3) and wouldn’t you know it - When I was transferred to Level 3, the phone did a “reset”, I lost the call and had to start over. If this were a Microsoft product, I would call all of these “features”.
If anyone learns of fixes for these features, please let me know.
FYI - I also learned to day that the 14 day evaluation period includes the delivery time on both ends if you order your phone on line. Hence, our evaluation time may only be 8 days.
Hot on the Trail of a solution
After continued "Data Roaming" functionality loss, I believe we are on the trail of a resolution. Today I experienced total loss of call capabilities and the Data Roaming function would not stay turned on. When I selected it to on, it immediately turned off. It just so happened that I was in a secure area with significant wireless security. So, now I believe the issue to be that the Droid 3 will automatically link to a Verizon network (tower) when one is in range and at that time automatically turn off Data Roaming. My reasoning is that the wireless interference put the phone in a state of "confusion" (did not detect a non-Verizon network or a Verizon network). So, the default state when the network is unknown appears to be set the phone for a Verizon network. So, now we just need to figure out how to keep this from happening (assuming it is). To further complicate the issue, the interference was so strong that the phone would not even make a call. I move just a few feet and functionality returned.