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    Signal Issues?

    Can anyone else confirm having data/signal issues?

    From Engadget (Droid 2 review -- Engadget)
    Perhaps our biggest hardware concern, actually, is entirely internal: signal strength was a major issue for all four Engadget editors who've been able to spend time with four different Droid 2s in different parts of the country this week. Symptoms include a wildly fluctuating meter while the phone's sitting still, weak or no reception in places where you're usually fine on Verizon, and a complete lack of data service (which was actually how we noticed the problem the first time). We're used to seeing 3G drop to EDGE, GPRS, or disappear completely on our iPhones on AT&T, but it's a rarity on Verizon -- so to see our Droid 2's data indicator flip-flop from EV-DO to 1xRTT and then disappear entirely was really alarming. We're hoping this is something Motorola can fix with a software update alone, because it was nearly a showstopper for us; Ross, for example, sent an email Thursday afternoon that didn't actually depart his phone until 5AM the following morning, presumably because data was acting wonky.
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    i read that and have been monitoring my droid 2 all day today.

    i did not just look at the bars but also signal strength in the about phone status area. that is where things are a bit wacky. while the dbm can vary from -65 to
    -69, the bars can be fluctuating from 2 to 4. sometimes the status shows -69 and 2 bars, and sometimes at -69 but at 3 bars.

    something is wacky. no dropped calls all day though. not sure which thing is wrong.
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    I have had four calls drop which is a little unusual for me, I didn't get that with the Droid x but then again it is not yet a pattern as many calls have done just fine. I never got a good signal in my house with my Touch Pro 2 and noticed a huge improvement with the Droid X and while the Droid 2 might not be quite equal to the X in my house it is still way better than the Touch Pro 2.
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    I'm not just new to the Droid 2 and Android, but I'm new to Verizon. I'm from the New York City area though, and we're supposedly pretty good with coverage from most carriers, incuding Verizon.

    However, I'm getting really spotty reception in some places (namely, the Bronx) where I always did fine with T-mobile. I'm trying to figure out if its truly poor coverage by Verizon in this area, or if its this Droid 2 signal issue.

    I will say that at least once this weekend, I have seen 3G come and go randomly, despite my sitting in the exact same spot the whole time. Not just the icon fluctuating, but actual data service was unavailable.

    Also, another observation, Target stores tend to be black holes for cell phone reception and naturally, I had no bars there today. However, I noticed my sister on T-mobile had 2 bars. Out of curiousity I sent some texts, and they all went through fine with no delay, despite not having any bars.

    I have to do a bit of research the next week to figure out if its Verizon coverage or the Droid 2 itself :-\
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    I've been with Verizon for over 7yrs and never had signal issue at home, but since my Droid 2, I get so frustrated with the inconsistency of it. At times, no bars, while my husband's Incredible has all. Pls let me know what I can do since I'm new to this smartphone thing. thnx!
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    The only issue I noticed is my phone dropped to 1x and then refused to do anything after an hour drive through weak signal areas (near the OH-IN border north of Dayton/South of Lima is really bad). Just rebooted it and it was fine. Aside from that no issues here...I haven't been watching the signal bar like a hawk but data and voice are fine for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkh View Post
    I've been with Verizon for over 7yrs and never had signal issue at home, but since my Droid 2, I get so frustrated with the inconsistency of it. At times, no bars, while my husband's Incredible has all. Pls let me know what I can do since I'm new to this smartphone thing. thnx!
    ditto. My roommate's EnV touch gets full bars while I get 0-1 in the same spot. Dropped calls, network constantly disconnecting, texts not going through... uggghhh. My crappy enV2 had much better coverage
    scream real loud at my ass
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    "i had posted in another thread how my phone bars would switch from say 3 to 1, but meanwhile in the phone status, the phone would be at the same dbm. something is up.

    today my partner and i drove down on the parkway in jersey. his droid 2 showed no network available, right where the turnpike hits the parkway, a great signal area. he couldn't make a call for 30 seconds. meanwhile my droid 2 showed 3-4 bars of 3g.

    today he had 2 calls go right to vm. then we went to the verizon store in Totowa right on the highway to see the Droid x. in the store his droid2 had 3g and good bars, meanwhile my droid 2 went into 1x for 30 seconds or so.

    later on driving down the highway near a verizon store, my phone was back in 1x again where i always have plenty of 3g.

    something is wacky here. of course when i called they said take out the battery for 30 seconds, update the prl then see what happens. we'll see for a couple of days.

    we switched to verizon for the network, since we are starting a business that relies on our mobile network we wanted the best - if this is not fixed we will go elsewhere."
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    new replacement droid 2 also has same signal display issues.

    sometimes 1 bar at -70dbm sometimes 3 bars at -70dbm, etc... never know what i have.
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    Folks....some ppl with the X had this same issue. It got fixed for most, probably all with a quickly released update.

    Some ppl with the X had activation issues that caused problems like this too. Its a software thing that an update should fix like it did for the X. Verizon or Motorola just needs to be aware that the issue that happened with the X is happening again with the Droid 2.

    Its not the network thats the problem. Its the phone. I can attest for the network from using the Droid since April and X since July. I also been with Verizon for almost 10 years. If u have coverage in your area, the network is very nice.
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