Droid phone reception

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    I have had my Droid about a week and I love it except for one thing - I get terrible phone reception in my house. My wife and daugher both have Verizon phones as well and they get great reception here in the house. Neither of their phones are smart phones. I had he exact same problem with the Samsung I760 I replaced with the Droid. Does the phone portion of all smart phones typically not work as well as regular phones? I know I can get a signal booster/repeater that would probably fix my problem but I would rather not have to spend the $$$. This situation is really a PIA. Any insight or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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    Scott
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    Heya Scott,

    I too came from a Samsung i-760. For me, the phone reception has been the same as well as the call clarity / quality (which was decent where I live). For data, I'm getting better reception with the DROID than the i-760.

    I can't say for sure what your problem may be, but thought I'd chime-in to let you know my reception is about the same as my wife's phone (who is also on Verizon using a standard phone).

    - Mega
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    Are you basing reception on call quality or number of bars? Bars were created by marketing people.
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    See now for me, my I-730 seemed clearer in call then my Droid.
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    I'm basing reception on call quality or lack thereof. The phone drops calls constantly when I try to use it in the house. Wife and daughter's Verizon phones never seem to drop calls.
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    That's not good at all! My Droid has about the same reception/call quality around the house as my wife's Storm and my Moto VU204 that I use for work.
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    Try calling... *228 I think it is? It updates your phone with local towers, maybe that'll raise your signal?
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    That's a good tip. I did that on my i-760 and did in fact get better reception / signal once done a couple months ago.

    - Mega
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    OAs mentioned hopefully you are not basing it on bars. I see the Droid as showing 1 to 2 bars less than the BB tour and the motorola 815 with the same actual reception. Look under status to get your actual reception. All bars are not equal. Should be based on call quality and dropped calls along with you dBm which can be found under phones status.

    Edit: oops. I see you already said it was based on reception and lost calls. Mine has not had that issue at all.
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    *22899 is even better. It automatically updates both items without having to go through the system prompts.
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    All i can say is that this phone gets full reception in places my old phone didn't, so i'm happy with it. I had Voice and 3g where my other phone only found roaming at. To me it's 100%.
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    I have found the reception on my Droid to be excellent - and I live in an area that has terrible signal strength. Nobody wants a cell tower near THEIR house.

    I constantly dropped calls with my xv6900(HTC Touch) and I never drop calls with my Droid. I get better reception than friends with LG env's and env 2's. I think the reception might actually come close to my old v710, which was hands down the best phone I ever had for pulling it a weak signal.
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    I've also found the reception on my Droid to be very good, consistently better than the BB Tour it replaced.
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    Same here, the Droid has a very good radio receiver/transmitter in it from what I've seen so far.

    You should get it exchanged.
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    Along this topic...based on bars alone, I noticed I have more rs showing when I am on 3G than on wifi while at home? Does this make sense? My overall in-house reception is flaky at best. Out of the house it is much better.
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    We've always had poor reception in our house with our various Verizon phones. As my sons have upgraded to the Tour it got better for them. But still having two hold outs to the old flip phones a Verizon rep just recently suggested buying a Network Extender for our home. It ties into our DSL Router. They are not cheap, a one time cost of $250. but it beats standing outside in the winter on the phone.
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    I have an HTC Touch Pro 2 for work and the Droid as my personal phone and to get any reception on the HTC at my house I have to go outside and cross my fingers. With the Droid I can talk anywhere in the house without a problem.
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    We got 2 new Verizon phones, the Droid and a Motorola Rapture (my mom needs a simple phone, similar to her old Razr on AT&T). Reception hasn't been stunning on either, we were better off around here with AT&T and still considering just canceling on Verizon.

    Here's where it gets interesting. Side by side at home or out and about, her Rapture gets MUCH better reception than my Droid. She can make or receive calls where my Droid has no connection at all, right in the same spot. I got one of the network extenders for home because I really want to be able to use the Droid. And guess what? Both phones indicate that they are connected through the extender, and the Droid STILL has awful service. So I'm exchanging the Droid for another one in case it's a hardware issue. If that fixes it, fine. If not, it's all going back and we'll stick with AT&T until I see evidence that the issue has been resolved.
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    I've read on another forum that some people are saying the Droid does not work well with the Network Extender. I have used the BB Curve, Storm, Env, ENv2, and two other phones with the Network Extender with great success and was getting ready to pick up a Droid but this would be a deal killer for me.
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    well I have had my Droid for almost a week and have not had any problems. the network extender is in my office and that is where I spend a lot of my time with my droid. I did not exactly get the extender for myself but for my two other family members that have very old flip phones. Seems to be working for everyone so far.
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