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  1. #1
    Charlie
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    My husband has a 3 year old Samsung SCH 8500.
    He travels often and lately has been getting the 4 bars that should be a
    good signal but gets no signal or very poor reception.
    Do the new phones get better reception or is this just the area he is in?
    Thank You,
    Charlie





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  2. #2
    Lawrence Glasser
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    Re: Do new phones get better reception?

    Charlie wrote:
    >
    > My husband has a 3 year old Samsung SCH 8500.
    > He travels often and lately has been getting the 4 bars that should be a
    > good signal but gets no signal or very poor reception.
    > Do the new phones get better reception or is this just the area he is in?


    One should never look at the number of "bars" as any indication of
    signal strength. They're put there by the manufacturer of the phone.
    One manufacturer might decide that a weak signal deserves one bar,
    while the next thinks two would be more appropriate. Etc., etc. Not
    only is there no standard between manufacturers, there's not even a
    standard between phones from the *same* manufacturer.

    Having said that, the new phones typically do perform better than
    the old.

    Larry



  3. #3
    Bob Smith
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    Re: Do new phones get better reception?


    "Lawrence Glasser" <lglasser@spamcop.net> wrote in message
    news:405E2212.CD1FC59F@spamcop.net...
    > Charlie wrote:
    > >
    > > My husband has a 3 year old Samsung SCH 8500.
    > > He travels often and lately has been getting the 4 bars that should be a
    > > good signal but gets no signal or very poor reception.
    > > Do the new phones get better reception or is this just the area he is

    in?
    >
    > One should never look at the number of "bars" as any indication of
    > signal strength. They're put there by the manufacturer of the phone.
    > One manufacturer might decide that a weak signal deserves one bar,
    > while the next thinks two would be more appropriate. Etc., etc. Not
    > only is there no standard between manufacturers, there's not even a
    > standard between phones from the *same* manufacturer.
    >
    > Having said that, the new phones typically do perform better than
    > the old.
    >
    > Larry


    Especially with battery life ...

    Bob





  4. #4
    TechGeek
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    Re: Do new phones get better reception?

    "Charlie" <cb49erSnake@centurytel.net> wrote in message news:<cv-dncjVfsUMgsPdRVn-ug@centurytel.net>...
    > My husband has a 3 year old Samsung SCH 8500.
    > He travels often and lately has been getting the 4 bars that should be a
    > good signal but gets no signal or very poor reception.
    > Do the new phones get better reception or is this just the area he is in?
    > Thank You,
    > Charlie


    Like all electronics, they wear down. Heat generated internally
    weakens the inside components and performance will degrade.

    Use, abuse, over use, etcc.. all contribute to this wear and tear.
    The batteries also wear down, performace on that end will be noticably
    different after roughly 18 months.

    With that aside, also with each generation of phones, the
    manufacturers do try to improve the overall performance of the phone
    from signal reception to better battery life (but all the extra
    features like color screen, web, GPS, pictures etc.. take away battery
    life).

    While the 8500 (imo) was one of the best phones we ever carried,
    phones today *should* perform better for many reasons.



  5. #5
    plane
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    Re: Do new phones get better reception?

    "Bob Smith" <usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net> wrote in message news:<%Gp7c.51273$aT1.38001@newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net>...
    > "Lawrence Glasser" <lglasser@spamcop.net> wrote in message
    > news:405E2212.CD1FC59F@spamcop.net...
    > > Charlie wrote:
    > > >
    > > > My husband has a 3 year old Samsung SCH 8500.
    > > > He travels often and lately has been getting the 4 bars that should be a
    > > > good signal but gets no signal or very poor reception.
    > > > Do the new phones get better reception or is this just the area he is

    > in?
    > >
    > > One should never look at the number of "bars" as any indication of
    > > signal strength. They're put there by the manufacturer of the phone.
    > > One manufacturer might decide that a weak signal deserves one bar,
    > > while the next thinks two would be more appropriate. Etc., etc. Not
    > > only is there no standard between manufacturers, there's not even a
    > > standard between phones from the *same* manufacturer.
    > >
    > > Having said that, the new phones typically do perform better than
    > > the old.
    > >
    > > Larry

    >
    > Especially with battery life ...
    >
    > Bob


    Could it be that some of the older brands of phones weren't as good as
    others. I have read posts by sprint techs, who say the 8500 was the
    last good phone that samsung made--I used several of them for years,
    including briefly a 8500--till I accidently got hooked on the sanyos
    because of the speakerphone on the 4700's--bought a beat all to hexx
    one from ebay, which was the best operating phone I had owned till
    that time--haven't owned a sam since--I dep reading that the sams have
    improved---IMHO they had a lot of room to improve--but even they may
    have been superior to to motorola's which I used prior to the
    sams---the battery life on the motos were horrible, horrible--, and a
    lot of what I read, says they still are.

    BAtteries on the new *smaller* phones are also small (er), and do not
    usually have as much capacity as the somewhat larger ones; some models
    use what they have better than others--and have power draining
    components--I use as an example the sprint snayo models fromt he 4700
    forward; the larger 4700 without the color screen would last for days,
    the 4900 less, and the clam shell 5300 models forward with their std
    batteries are womewhat limited on talk time; my solution there was to
    add a larger battery to the 5500 etc.

    On my verizon line, I still use a samsung t-300, which is hugh by
    today's standards, but the talk time is still fairly good,the
    reception seems good, and I am not seeing too many user reviews raving
    about the great talk time of most new units--but they are really cute,
    but I want the phone to talk with.

    ARe you finding any of the newer models which will last a couple of
    days of fairly heavy use without something to charge it with, etc?



  6. #6
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: Do new phones get better reception?

    In article <7e761144.0403212027.28b04021@posting.google.com>,
    pcsguy@bellsouth.net (TechGeek) wrote:

    > "Charlie" <cb49erSnake@centurytel.net> wrote in message
    > news:<cv-dncjVfsUMgsPdRVn-ug@centurytel.net>...
    > > My husband has a 3 year old Samsung SCH 8500.
    > > He travels often and lately has been getting the 4 bars that should be a
    > > good signal but gets no signal or very poor reception.
    > > Do the new phones get better reception or is this just the area he is in?
    > > Thank You,
    > > Charlie

    >
    > Like all electronics, they wear down. Heat generated internally
    > weakens the inside components and performance will degrade.



    Can also cause a screen to fail, but then that's labelled Customer Abuse.



  7. #7
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: Do new phones get better reception?

    In article <7e761144.0403212027.28b04021@posting.google.com>,
    pcsguy@bellsouth.net (TechGeek) wrote:

    > While the 8500 (imo) was one of the best phones we ever carried,
    > phones today *should* perform better for many reasons.


    You know better than that. The original Black Samsung 8500 had a secret
    recall, as it wouldn't work in Analog mode. SprintPCS replaced if IF YOU
    COMPLAINED with a Sliver Samsung 8500, and only if you complained. It
    was all discussed in this newsgroup, and confirmed.

    ===========================


    >
    > robjvargas@sprintpcs.com apologized for SprintPCS leaving customers with
    > defective phones thusly:
    >
    > > When a customer called to report the
    > > problem, we fixed it.

    >
    > But they'd be happy to leave you with your defective phone if you hadn't
    > realized it was defective yet.
    >
    > Thats whats wrong with SprintPCS. If a customer had an Samsung Black 8500 they
    > might not realize its defective and cant roam in analog mode, until an
    > emergency situation, possibly with tragic results.
    >
    > BUT SPRINT PCS DOESN'T CARE.




  8. #8
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: Do new phones get better reception?


    "Robert M." <rmarkoff@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:rmarkoff-1104FA.06254122032004@news1.west.earthlink.net...
    > In article <7e761144.0403212027.28b04021@posting.google.com>,
    > pcsguy@bellsouth.net (TechGeek) wrote:
    >
    > > While the 8500 (imo) was one of the best phones we ever carried,
    > > phones today *should* perform better for many reasons.

    >
    > You know better than that. The original Black Samsung 8500 had a secret
    > recall, as it wouldn't work in Analog mode. SprintPCS replaced if IF YOU
    > COMPLAINED with a Sliver Samsung 8500, and only if you complained. It
    > was all discussed in this newsgroup, and confirmed.


    Oh stop it Phillipe, that was a general Samsung problem as it happened to
    the 3500's as well. Both models had some bad batches released and SPCS
    replaced those when the customers brought them in.

    Bob





  9. #9
    tom ronson
    Guest

    Re: Do new phones get better reception?


    "Charlie" <cb49erSnake@centurytel.net> wrote in message
    news:cv-dncjVfsUMgsPdRVn-ug@centurytel.net...
    > My husband has a 3 year old Samsung SCH 8500.
    > He travels often and lately has been getting the 4 bars that should be a
    > good signal but gets no signal or very poor reception.
    > Do the new phones get better reception or is this just the area he is in?
    > Thank You,
    > Charlie


    The one thing not mentioned, yet --- is that the new phones use 3g
    technology ---- which helps the sprint end work better --- and by default
    the handset should work better.

    And, if he likes bells 'n whistles, the new phones are much cooler in that
    regard. He'd also be able to move data on a newer phone --- which might be
    handy for him.

    --tr





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  10. #10
    Robert M.
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    Re: Do new phones get better reception?

    In article <68a9acb2.0403212121.7ab14289@posting.google.com>,
    plane@usa.com (plane) wrote:

    > ARe you finding any of the newer models which will last a couple of
    > days of fairly heavy use without something to charge it with, etc?


    With ReadyLink,GPS and Roaming/Analog turned off the Sanyo 5400 (aka
    RL2500) lasts me 3 days between charges. If I have a day I am using it a
    bunch, I throw it on my car charger whilst I drive.



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