So Wifi kills my phone reception?

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    I finally got the wifi connection working, and it's great. However, it seems that since doing so my phone reception sucks. I'm not sure if it's really the problem, but has anyone seen anything like that before?
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    No.

    Sorry if that doesn't answer your inquiry. Haven't had an issue although I use wifi as my primary connection at my residence.

    My 3G hasn't suffered from what I can tell though.
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    Could be a coincidence...have you updated your PRLs??

    Sent from somewhere...
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    I can turn wifi on and off, and watch my reception bars drop like a rock and then come back. Weird.

    PRLs? What are they and how do I update them?
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    Preferred Roaming List. *228 option 2. Wifi has nothing to do with the phone service.
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    I know, but it seems to be interfering with it somehow.
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    Have a Droid X as well and I can turn off my WIFI and then my phone goes from one bar and no 3G to 4 bars and 3G on.

    So I only connect to my network occasionally.

    My wireless network is 802.11n. Thought I heard there were issues.... not sure.

    Any help would be great.
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    I have noticed mine does this sometimes but it doesn't seem to affect my reception even with one bar. I wonder if it drops to save power or something since it knows you are using wifi for data? Who knows...

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    I can verify this as well. If I'm on 3G, I'll usually have a steady 3 bars maybe 4 if im in a good location.

    When I activated wifi, my coverage drops everytime usually to 1 bar but sometimes ill be lucky and it'll jump up to 2 bars every once in a while.

    I haven't noticed a delay in texts or missed phone calls or anything like that, I've only noticed that the bars consistently drop when wifi is connected.
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    Wow. Just wow fellas.

    When you connect to a wifi, the phone shuts off your 3G radio to conserve power. No point in using a radio meant for data only networks when youre on a landline, right????

    For the record phone calls and texting use the older "2G" network.
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    I appreciate your input, but your explanation does not explain why my reception drops to one bar.
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    What's the "wow. just wow fellas" for?

    The problem isn't with 3G shutting off, the issue is why does the phone have consistently higher bars when using a 3G connection (3-4 bars in my experience), versus using wifi (usually 1-2 bars in my experience) ?

    I can't quite figure it out why cellular network strength decreases when wifi is connected.
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    These phones are known to consistently show low bars even when signal strength is good. If you can make and receive calls, your signal strength is fine.
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    I guess what i didnt mention was that can you make/recieve calls and texts just fine?

    Yeah that 'wow. Just wow' was exactly what you think it meant.
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    3g and 1x are two completely different signals. While you may get great 3g coverage in your area it does not mean you will get great 1x and vice versa. And as stated before wifi disables your 3g which would be why you are noticing this drop.

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    Actually the bars have nothing to do with the 3G signal. U can be in the middle of the desert and have no bars and a red circle with a line through it but u can have good 3G signal. Its two separate signals. Now having 1 bar doesn't mean it has low signal those r just estimates and completely not accurate, ur phone can display 1 bar as an estimate but in reality u might have full coverage. When u turn on wifi ur 3G automaticaly shuts down, and the bars droping doesn't mean anything its just doing it for no reason but ur coverage is still the same. However if u cnt make calls or receive txts while ur on wifi then there is a problem with ur antenna and might need a replacement.

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    ^^^

    Well said. Quit worrying about the bars unless your calls are getting dropped.
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    On this note, is there a way to temporarily override this? Case in point, I'm connected to Wi-Fi more or less all the time (at school, at work, at home - where I spent ~90% of my time these days). When I want to send or receive a MMS message (picture message), I have to turn Wi-Fi off. This is sort of a pain in the ass, but what makes it a huge pain in the ass is my university network requires a re-authentication login every time the connection is lost. My D2 doesn't get along very well with the university's routers, and sometimes I have to turn Wi-Fi on and off several times before I can get an IP address. Boring. At home it's no big deal, the router here is quite friendly, but it would still be nice if I could tell the phone to force 3G when dealing with MMS, as (to my knowledge) VZW does not allow VoIP or M/SMSoIP.
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