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Fluctuating signal

Discussion in 'Sprint Forum' started by ace41690, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. ace41690

    ace41690 Junior Member
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    I barely ever experience a dropped call with sprint when i am in a good service area. Still, when I am in Manhattan (as i was today) I shouldnt be looking at my phone and watching it magically bounce from 7 bars to 0 bars and then back to 7 for no apparent reason. Granted I never experienced a dropped call today, but I wasnt in a call when I saw this occuring with my phone. If I was in a call, I imagine it would have dropped. I see my phone do weird things like this all the time, both near home and in big cities, as well as other people's phones. Why??? Would it ever do this while in a call? I only see it happening when I'm looking at my phone for the time or a game or something.
     
  2. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    When the phone is in stand by mode it searches around for the best signal. It might be bouncing around between 3 or 4 different PN offsets. A common term for this is 'pilot pollution'. CDMA phones are not smart enough to automatically find the best signal and stay locked on it unless there's a difference of about -15 dbs. This is normal behavior and won't necessarily be doing this while in a call. Once you originate a call the phone will then become a little bit smarter and know where to lock on to for the best signal.
     
  3. RJB

    RJB Gold Senior Member
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    Yeah larry got you it I bet in NYC pilot pollution is pretty bad. I even have it bad here in the south part of my house I fight three pilots off sometimes. Even when I show full signal it can take up to a minute to get anything through.
     
  4. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    I get this situation every now and then but not too often. I just wish that the CDMA vendors could come up with something to fix or reduce this technology flaw.
     
  5. RJB

    RJB Gold Senior Member
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    Yeah me to I will be first in the line to sign up lol.
     

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