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  1. #1
    dafydd
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    On Jun 18, 6:31*pm, "JW" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > The signal fades after a minute or two while in my house in Taneytown MD.
    > We moved here from Frederick MD and had no trouble with signals until we
    > moved here. *Outside of the house it seems OK. *I've called Sprint a few
    > times about this and the call always end up with "I will notify engineering
    > about the problem."
    > Nothing has improved. *The last call today the tech told me to keep the
    > phone on Roaming Only. *Although I haven't tried it yet the option doesn't
    > seem to be viable -- even on Roaming Only the bars vary from one bar to 4
    > bars while I sit and watch the phone. *Plus I can imagine after a few weeks
    > of this I would be getting a "Cease and Desist" letter from Sprint.
    >
    > My contract runs out in July and I need to explore my options. *Changing
    > carriers is the obvious choice, but I've been with Sprint for a lot of
    > years, and haven't had that much trouble with them, other than the
    > occasional billing error.
    > My questions are can I transfer my number and Treo 700p to another carrier
    > and if so *-- how?
    > Is there a better way to deal with this with Sprint -- maybe getting a tech
    > to come by the house
    >
    > They claim there are sufficient towers in the area and they also claim that
    > when my signal starts to fade it should automatically switch to another
    > carrier -- I believe they mentioned in this area they have a contract with
    > Verizon. *But that doesn't happen.
    > Even when I switch the phone from Allow Roaming to Roaming Only the Signal
    > gets lost for a second or two.
    >
    > Sorry for the long winded post -- any suggestions would be welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > JAW


    As DGI suggests, it is 'possible' that it is device oriented, however,
    as the change happened at the same time as your move, I would be more
    likely to believe that it is a problem with either where your home is
    located in relation to the nearest towers, or something in the make up
    of your home itself that is causing the degradation of the service
    versus what the signal is outside the home. The device would switch
    to a different carrier's signal if the sprint signal goes completely
    away, AND you have the device set on automatic for the roam setting.
    If it is on Sprint only, then it will not. You state that the signal
    on roam only 'gets lost for a second or two'. Do you mean that it
    fluctuates between having signal and no signal, or that it fades for a
    second or two and then is strong and remains so? If it is
    fluctuating, then most likely, the area you are in simply isn't the
    greatest for the CDMA carriers in your area as far as in building
    coverage is concerned, assuming that there is no device issue.

    In regards to the 'Cease and Desist' comment, while technically they
    would have a right under the contract to terminate services if you are
    using more than 50% of your minutes in roaming mode, it usually takes
    months, and even years of this type of situation for any action to be
    taken.



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  2. #2
    JW
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    Re: Taneytown MD Signal Fading -- looking for options


    "dafydd" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    On Jun 18, 6:31 pm, "JW" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > The signal fades after a minute or two while in my house in Taneytown MD.
    > We moved here from Frederick MD and had no trouble with signals until we
    > moved here. Outside of the house it seems OK. I've called Sprint a few
    > times about this and the call always end up with "I will notify
    > engineering
    > about the problem."
    > Nothing has improved. The last call today the tech told me to keep the
    > phone on Roaming Only. Although I haven't tried it yet the option doesn't
    > seem to be viable -- even on Roaming Only the bars vary from one bar to 4
    > bars while I sit and watch the phone. Plus I can imagine after a few weeks
    > of this I would be getting a "Cease and Desist" letter from Sprint.
    >
    > My contract runs out in July and I need to explore my options. Changing
    > carriers is the obvious choice, but I've been with Sprint for a lot of
    > years, and haven't had that much trouble with them, other than the
    > occasional billing error.
    > My questions are can I transfer my number and Treo 700p to another carrier
    > and if so -- how?
    > Is there a better way to deal with this with Sprint -- maybe getting a
    > tech
    > to come by the house
    >
    > They claim there are sufficient towers in the area and they also claim
    > that
    > when my signal starts to fade it should automatically switch to another
    > carrier -- I believe they mentioned in this area they have a contract with
    > Verizon. But that doesn't happen.
    > Even when I switch the phone from Allow Roaming to Roaming Only the Signal
    > gets lost for a second or two.
    >
    > Sorry for the long winded post -- any suggestions would be welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > JAW


    As DGI suggests, it is 'possible' that it is device oriented, however,
    as the change happened at the same time as your move, I would be more
    likely to believe that it is a problem with either where your home is
    located in relation to the nearest towers, or something in the make up
    of your home itself that is causing the degradation of the service
    versus what the signal is outside the home. The device would switch
    to a different carrier's signal if the sprint signal goes completely
    away, AND you have the device set on automatic for the roam setting.
    If it is on Sprint only, then it will not. You state that the signal
    on roam only 'gets lost for a second or two'. Do you mean that it
    fluctuates between having signal and no signal, or that it fades for a
    second or two and then is strong and remains so? If it is
    fluctuating, then most likely, the area you are in simply isn't the
    greatest for the CDMA carriers in your area as far as in building
    coverage is concerned, assuming that there is no device issue.

    In regards to the 'Cease and Desist' comment, while technically they
    would have a right under the contract to terminate services if you are
    using more than 50% of your minutes in roaming mode, it usually takes
    months, and even years of this type of situation for any action to be
    taken.

    >> End of previous message


    Why is my email reader not putting >> in front of your response??


    Both my wife and I have a Treo700P and we both have the same problems with
    the signal fading -- we do not have the problems -- say in Westminster which
    is 9 miles SE of here.

    I checked the Sprint coverage area and if I remember correctly it is
    classified as "Good", at least it was one level down from the "Best."
    Both our phones are set to "Allow Roaming" -- I was told it would switch to
    roaming if the signal is lost but it is not doing it.

    If I set it to "Roaming only" I lose the signal for a moment or two, i.e. No
    Signal. Then after I get a roaming signal and watch the signal bars they
    fluctuates from 1 bar to 4 or 5 bars as I sit there and watch. Not rapidly
    but the bars do change.

    If I were to change to another carrier what are the chances of keeping the
    same phone and number?

    JW




  3. #3
    Jerome Zelinske
    Guest

    Re: Taneytown MD Signal Fading -- looking for options

    Same number yes, but you would have to get a phone from the new
    carrier.



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