Bionic reception worse than OG droid at work office

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  1. escthehack

    escthehack New Member

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    Has anyone else experienced worse overall reception including 1x, and 3G? I could talk and message all day long from my office with my OG droid, but now the Bionic has fewer to no bars and it seems to cycle between bars and no bars. It also has been dropping (failing to send) my text messages. So far it hasn't dropped a call yet but I am talking with only one bar of lower than 1x.

    Is there something that can be done about this or should I just return the phone and wait for a phone with better reception ? I can't believe that if the OG was fine in my office why the Bionic would be worse!! I have even done the CDMA only and it hasn't improved it at all.

    I am going to talk to Verizon about it and if there isn't anything that can be done, then I am going to return my Bionic within the 14 day window. I still consider my-self a Motorola fan boy, but I am really disappointed that I get no data signal at all from my office!

    Any help appreciated!
     
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    I just read about this the other day in a review. Says the way the signal is calculated and displayed in "bars" is different. The review compared it to a Samsung Droid Charge (I think it was). Said where the Charge had 3-4 bars the Bionic only had 1-2. Doesnt mean its getting less signal though.
     
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    Regarding my above post:

    "The Motorola Droid Bionic is a CDMA EVDO phone with LTE. It isn't a world phone, but it does work in a few dozen countries such as South Korea, China, and India where CDMA networks exist. The Bionic is a better voice phone than it puts on, because it dramatically under-reports its reception. At signal levels where the Droid Charge showed three bars, the Bionic showed two or one. When the Charge showed one bar, the Bionic showed none. That's with the same signal, mind you—it's just the display bars are calibrated differently."

    Motorola Droid Bionic (Verizon Wireless) Review & Rating | PCMag.com
     
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    Bars really don't mean anything, Give me a Motorola phone with 1 bar on VZW versus an HTC phone on ATT with 4 bars any day! lol

    The Bionic seems pretty much the same as my OG Droid to me so far.

    Go into both phones and go to Settings > About Phone > Status and look at the Signal Strength, For me, both phones are about the same. Sometimes one is slightly higher than the other but they change around and even being a few inches away or how you hold it could make a slight difference. The "Signal Strength" is in dBM and -86dBM is a better signal than -91dBM.

    If you find the Bionic is significantly worse than the Droid, I would go and swap it out for another Bionic.
     
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    That's all well and good, but where my OG had service (at least 1X) all day long, my bionic can't find a Verizon signal. Bars or no, no data means my $300 phone is as useful as a pad of post its and a calculator.

    sent from my droid bionic while it was working
     
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    Have you tried updating your PRLs?? Or called VZW maybe a tower issue?? A factory reset??

    LLR00717
     
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    Verizon told me that weak to no data signal was a "known issue" this is why I sent back the GarbageBolt. Well, that and the customer service guy from HTC calling me a liar.

    sent from my droid bionic while it was working
     
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    The reception on my Bionic seems slightly better than my OG Droid in my basement.
     
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    Sounds like you might be in a LTE fringe area. If thats the case, turn off LTE unless you need it and then see what the reception is like. Just sounds like the radio is fighting to switch to the best signal is all.
     
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    I've always had a CRAP connection at my work office ("the bunker" as we call it), but actually getting good signal and a consistent 3g connection on the Bionic. As soon as I walk outside I get 4g with no issues, but I'm happy to have a usable connection inside now.
     
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    Same problems here! I went from the Droid X to the Bionic last week. My signal indicator is telling me I have less bars where I work compared to my Droid X. My friend also has the Bionic and his bars seem to be higher than mine. The only difference I can think of is that I got mine from Costco and he got his from the Verizon store.

    Hope this helps
     
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    Mine is better. :shrug:
     
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