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  1. #1
    Mij Adyaw
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    I had a Sanyo 4500 that would usually get three to five bars of signal
    strength in my home and other locations. It is an excellent phone, however,
    it lacked advanced voice dialing features and also had a very slow web
    browser. I returned the phone and obtained the latest model Sanyo 7400. The
    7400 has an excellent browser and advanced voice dialing, but displays a
    lower number of bars in the same locations within my home. There is nothing
    wrong with the 7400 because a friend of mine has the exact same 7400 phone
    and it displays the same number of bars as my phone when it is in the same
    locations within my home.

    Why is there this variance regarding the number of signal strength bars that
    are displayed from one Sanyo model to another Sanyo model? I could
    understand that the bars may be calibrated differently between different
    brands of phones, however I would expect the same number of bars to be
    displayed on all of the Sanyo phone models.

    Is this discrepancy simply a difference in the calibration of the signal bar
    meter or does it indicate that the older model Sanyo 4500 has a much more
    sensitive receiver and better RF performance than the newer Sanyo 7400
    model?

    What does everyone think?

    Regards,

    -mij





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  2. #2

    Re: Number of Bars - WASSUP?

    Sanyo re-calibrated their signal meters at Sprint's request (starting
    with the 7300/8200/4920 models) so that their brands would have more of
    a standardized signal meter. It's nothing to be concerned about as the
    older Sanyo models had over-inflated meters to begin with. As long as
    you can make and receive calls fine the number of bars on the meter
    doesn't matter.




  3. #3
    Evan Platt
    Guest

    Re: Number of Bars - WASSUP?

    On Sun, 30 Jan 2005 00:41:36 -0800, "Mij Adyaw"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I had a Sanyo 4500 that would usually get three to five bars of signal
    >strength in my home and other locations. It is an excellent phone, however,
    >it lacked advanced voice dialing features and also had a very slow web
    >browser. I returned the phone and obtained the latest model Sanyo 7400. The
    >7400 has an excellent browser and advanced voice dialing, but displays a
    >lower number of bars in the same locations within my home. There is nothing
    >wrong with the 7400 because a friend of mine has the exact same 7400 phone
    >and it displays the same number of bars as my phone when it is in the same
    >locations within my home.


    The number of bars has no real life meaning.

    And from one phone model to another there is obviously no similarity -
    3 bars on the model X may be 2 bars on the model Z.
    --
    To reply, remove TheObvious from my e-mail address.



  4. #4
    Rob Merkle
    Guest

    Re: Number of Bars - WASSUP?

    OK a "bar" is not a standardized unit of measure.

    It would be like if you got a new radio and you were pissed off becuase
    the volume knob only went up to number 10 instead of number 12.



    Mij Adyaw wrote:
    > I had a Sanyo 4500 that would usually get three to five bars of signal
    > strength in my home and other locations. It is an excellent phone, however,
    > it lacked advanced voice dialing features and also had a very slow web
    > browser. I returned the phone and obtained the latest model Sanyo 7400. The
    > 7400 has an excellent browser and advanced voice dialing, but displays a
    > lower number of bars in the same locations within my home. There is nothing
    > wrong with the 7400 because a friend of mine has the exact same 7400 phone
    > and it displays the same number of bars as my phone when it is in the same
    > locations within my home.
    >
    > Why is there this variance regarding the number of signal strength bars that
    > are displayed from one Sanyo model to another Sanyo model? I could
    > understand that the bars may be calibrated differently between different
    > brands of phones, however I would expect the same number of bars to be
    > displayed on all of the Sanyo phone models.
    >
    > Is this discrepancy simply a difference in the calibration of the signal bar
    > meter or does it indicate that the older model Sanyo 4500 has a much more
    > sensitive receiver and better RF performance than the newer Sanyo 7400
    > model?
    >
    > What does everyone think?
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > -mij
    >
    >




  5. #5
    Carl.
    Guest

    Re: Number of Bars - WASSUP?

    12? Damn, and I paid extra for 11.

    "Rob Merkle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    newsk8Ld.47734$%[email protected]
    > OK a "bar" is not a standardized unit of measure.
    >
    > It would be like if you got a new radio and you were pissed off becuase
    > the volume knob only went up to number 10 instead of number 12.
    >
    >
    >
    > Mij Adyaw wrote:
    >> I had a Sanyo 4500 that would usually get three to five bars of signal
    >> strength in my home and other locations. It is an excellent phone,
    >> however, it lacked advanced voice dialing features and also had a very
    >> slow web browser. I returned the phone and obtained the latest model
    >> Sanyo 7400. The 7400 has an excellent browser and advanced voice dialing,
    >> but displays a lower number of bars in the same locations within my home.
    >> There is nothing wrong with the 7400 because a friend of mine has the
    >> exact same 7400 phone and it displays the same number of bars as my phone
    >> when it is in the same locations within my home.
    >>
    >> Why is there this variance regarding the number of signal strength bars
    >> that are displayed from one Sanyo model to another Sanyo model? I could
    >> understand that the bars may be calibrated differently between different
    >> brands of phones, however I would expect the same number of bars to be
    >> displayed on all of the Sanyo phone models.
    >>
    >> Is this discrepancy simply a difference in the calibration of the signal
    >> bar meter or does it indicate that the older model Sanyo 4500 has a much
    >> more sensitive receiver and better RF performance than the newer Sanyo
    >> 7400 model?
    >>
    >> What does everyone think?
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >>
    >> -mij
    >>





  6. #6
    Sandy A. Nicolaysen
    Guest

    Re: Number of Bars - WASSUP?

    On Sun, 30 Jan 2005 18:07:04 GMT, "Carl."
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >12? Damn, and I paid extra for 11.
    >
    >"Rob Merkle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >newsk8Ld.47734$%[email protected]
    >> OK a "bar" is not a standardized unit of measure.
    >>
    >> It would be like if you got a new radio and you were pissed off becuase
    >> the volume knob only went up to number 10 instead of number 12.
    >>

    LOL! Reminds me of the movie "Spinal Tap" where the guitarist claims
    his amp is "one louder" because the numbers on the volume knob go to
    11 instead of 10.

    Seriously though, I never trust the bars. I use the field test screen
    from the hidden menu. Much more useful numbers there.

    RX level displayed as a negative value from -105 (barely usable) to
    -32 (standing directly under the cell tower).

    Also remember signal to noise ratio. You may have a strong signal,
    yet interference from other sources may keep you from getting decent
    reception. On the LG phones (Ec/Io), this is also a negative number,
    -31 to -15 (extremly high noise) to -14 to 0 (normal). The closer to
    0 the better the ratio. Values from -6 to 0 are considered very good.

    - Sandy




  7. #7
    Mij Adyaw
    Guest

    Re: Number of Bars - WASSUP?

    Sandy,

    Thanks for the information. How do I get to the field test screen menu on my
    Sanyo 7400?

    regards,

    -mij
    "Sandy A. Nicolaysen" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > On Sun, 30 Jan 2005 18:07:04 GMT, "Carl."
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>12? Damn, and I paid extra for 11.
    >>
    >>"Rob Merkle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>newsk8Ld.47734$%[email protected]
    >>> OK a "bar" is not a standardized unit of measure.
    >>>
    >>> It would be like if you got a new radio and you were pissed off becuase
    >>> the volume knob only went up to number 10 instead of number 12.
    >>>

    > LOL! Reminds me of the movie "Spinal Tap" where the guitarist claims
    > his amp is "one louder" because the numbers on the volume knob go to
    > 11 instead of 10.
    >
    > Seriously though, I never trust the bars. I use the field test screen
    > from the hidden menu. Much more useful numbers there.
    >
    > RX level displayed as a negative value from -105 (barely usable) to
    > -32 (standing directly under the cell tower).
    >
    > Also remember signal to noise ratio. You may have a strong signal,
    > yet interference from other sources may keep you from getting decent
    > reception. On the LG phones (Ec/Io), this is also a negative number,
    > -31 to -15 (extremly high noise) to -14 to 0 (normal). The closer to
    > 0 the better the ratio. Values from -6 to 0 are considered very good.
    >
    > - Sandy
    >






  8. #8
    Peter Pan
    Guest

    Re: Number of Bars - WASSUP?

    Hah! My radio goes to 35!


    Rob Merkle wrote:
    > OK a "bar" is not a standardized unit of measure.
    >
    > It would be like if you got a new radio and you were pissed off
    > becuase the volume knob only went up to number 10 instead of number
    > 12.
    >
    >
    > Mij Adyaw wrote:
    >> I had a Sanyo 4500 that would usually get three to five bars of
    >> signal strength in my home and other locations. It is an excellent
    >> phone, however, it lacked advanced voice dialing features and also
    >> had a very slow web browser. I returned the phone and obtained the
    >> latest model Sanyo 7400. The 7400 has an excellent browser and
    >> advanced voice dialing, but displays a lower number of bars in the
    >> same locations within my home. There is nothing wrong with the 7400
    >> because a friend of mine has the exact same 7400 phone and it
    >> displays the same number of bars as my phone when it is in the same
    >> locations within my home. Why is there this variance regarding the number
    >> of signal strength
    >> bars that are displayed from one Sanyo model to another Sanyo model?
    >> I could understand that the bars may be calibrated differently
    >> between different brands of phones, however I would expect the same
    >> number of bars to be displayed on all of the Sanyo phone models.
    >>
    >> Is this discrepancy simply a difference in the calibration of the
    >> signal bar meter or does it indicate that the older model Sanyo 4500
    >> has a much more sensitive receiver and better RF performance than
    >> the newer Sanyo 7400 model?
    >>
    >> What does everyone think?
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >>
    >> -mij






  9. #9

    Re: Number of Bars - WASSUP?

    It's very tough to get a signal reading as low as -32 dbs even when
    standing right next to a tower. The lowest I've seen is -45 when under
    a tower. This is due to the 1900 Mhz frequency and low power output of
    most sites. I've heard Verizon users (800 Mhz) claiming to get -30
    when under a tower.




  10. #10
    Sandy A. Nicolaysen
    Guest

    Re: Number of Bars - WASSUP?

    On Sun, 30 Jan 2005 10:56:49 -0800, "Mij Adyaw"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Sandy,
    >
    >Thanks for the information. How do I get to the field test screen menu on my
    >Sanyo 7400?
    >
    >regards,
    >
    >-mij

    I've been suggesting someone create a FAQ about the hidden menus for
    some time now. I don't know the key sequence for Sanyo phones.

    For LG phones, it is "Menu", then "0", when prompted with "??????"
    just enter all zeros. Proceed from there.

    Howard Forums maybe? Sorry, I don't have any other info. (shrug)

    - Sandy




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