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S3 Poor Reception

Discussion in 'Samsung Galaxy S3' started by TechnologicallyChallenged, Oct 31, 2012.

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    I picked up the S3 after bricking my Motorola Bionic. The phone and screen are nice, but I'm dropping calls and have very little signal in areas where I never had signal issues with my Bionic. Has anyone else experienced these issues? I'm contemplating getting a different phone since I have 30 days to return this one if I don't like it.
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    I am having the same problems.
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    The s3 probably does have weaker radios than a Motorola.

    I just got one also and it does seem to be a little weaker than my HTC rezound.

    Not a deal breaker though since this phone is freaking awesome.


    Edit.

    Actually the reception is only weaker in certain buildings(cinderblock walls, etc) , outside its perfect.
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    Samsung has always had a weaker radio compared to Motorola. I easily had 3-4 bars of service in my dead zone of a house with my Maxx, and am lucky to hit 2 bars with my S3. My HTC Incredible hit 2 bars iirc. I'm receiving a weaker wifi signal as well with the S3 as compared to the Maxx.
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    So why did you switch from the Maxx? I was thinking about exchanging this phone for the Maxx HD. The S3 is a pretty sweet phone, but if you can't make calls from your phone, what's the point?
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    I dropped calls twice this morning on my way to work- no walls involved.
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    Mine dropped three calls the other day maybe ten total since I bought the phone. My droid x never dropped a call. Verizon sent me a new phone and SIM card.
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    I haven't dropped a single call with mine but Detroit has a very strong 4g signal.
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    YOU'RE HOLDING IT WRONG!!!!!!!:icon_ devil:


    I just traded my Bionic to my coworker who spends all day in the office. He could not use his S3 due to constantly dropping calls, texts that wouldn't send, calls he would miss(just get a voicemail notification-no ring). I am outside mostly and it works pretty well for me. I do notice that where my Bionic would have poor signal the S3 is much worse. I am fine with it though because it is such a fantastic device, I also think it has a lot to due with software.....On several occasions I have had it drop calls and say no network available while showing 1-3 bars of 3g in the status bar. I hope that JB will help, I guess we will see.

    Oh, and Happy Halloween!!
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    I switched because I had camera envy lol and thought I wanted the latest and greatest. I don't talk on the phone much, I do much more testing and Internet, so I didn't think it would be much of an issue. I still have the Maxx, so I could easily switch back and sell this one
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    I always have good signal with my S3. Never dropped a call. Usually have full 4G.

    Also my dad says my phone sounds more clear when i talk to him. Says my X2 sounded like crap and he was amazed when i called him on my S3.
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    Still torn- the phone itself is a great device, but it makes me sad/mad when I see 1-0 bars in areas where I used to have 2-3 bars. I don't make calls a lot, but when I do, I want it to work.
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    Well, I will say I seem to have one or two less bars, but I always still have at least 2 and as far as I'm concerned.....it works just fine. Still hear others clearer than my Rezound and no dropped calls. So I don't care if it doesn't look as full, if it acts as full I'm good to go. And my room also usually has pretty poor service, so if it works in here....should work most places.
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    I had a s2 and upgraded to s3. Never had a problem with the signal on s2 at home but with the s3 I have no coverage at all. It's really annoying at times!!
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    Mine is switching to 3g a lot. It might have to do with sandy too though up here in NY. Maybe towers are down
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    I'll wouldn't be too discouraged by how many bars you see.

    My htc rezound would show full bars but the dBm would read - 95(not a great number).

    My S3 shows full bars the vast majority of the time, it gets less at my building at work(which is 50 years old and I'm behind multiple cinderblock walls) but the dBm stills is around - 73.

    Short story... Less bars doesn't necessarily mean weaker reception.
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    No, but dropped calls are dropped calls, and in the few days I've owned this phone I've dropped calls three times.
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    I've noticed more dropped calls since sandy
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    I doubt Sandy has any effect with my reception in Michigan, and my calls always drop in the same area. It's because of the lousy antenna in the GS3.
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    samsung has some of the weakest radios! almost anyone u ask will tell u HTC and MOTO get the best reception and the least dropped calls even if ur in a great coverage area u get random dropped calls i cant wait to sell my S3 and get the HTC DNA im still kicking myself for selling my TBOLT! tho i did just recomend the razr maxx HD to a coworker and a NOKIA lumia another he said he is just going to get what i get HAHA and the other one is picking up the lumia 810 for tmobile NOKIA music is awesome!:happy3:
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