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Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by Rollindown95, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. Rollindown95

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    how many towers are serving my area, and even more specific, what towers i am receiving my service from?:confused:
     
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    If you can enter engineering mode on your handset it will tell you exactly which towers are currently being used by the phone. You can also use engineering mode to "home in" to the location of hidden/stealth sites and others you may not know about.

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    i have a nextel i850, does it have "engineering" mode on it to be able to do what u say?:eek:
     
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    I know all Motorolas do have engineering mode, but I do not know how to activate it on an iDEN phone.

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    im sure the manual doesnt give detail either does it, not on something like that.
     
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    No, On most phones Engineering is in a hidden menu that you have to enter a special code to access. Some unlocked GSM phones have it in the regular menu structure though.

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    im sure nextel customer care would instruct me, no?
     
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    Probably not. Carriers don't like to give info on hidden menus out. There was another thread I saw a while ago that had the codes in it, I don't remember the name of the thread now though.

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    I found it. Try looking to see if your phone model is listed here: http://www.wpsantennas.com/pdf/testmode/FieldTestModes.pdf

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    Jay, can't i go on cellreception.com and locate my closest nextel tower on their charts and just assume that its the one my phone is grabbing from? wouldnt my phone be pulling from the cloest tower possible???
     
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    The problem is not all towers are listed there, and Cellreception just tells who owns the tower, not necessarily who is operating on it. In my area there is a tower owned by Cingular, and Cellreception states that it is a Cingular tower, but there are 5 other carriers on that tower that cellreception does not speak of. There is also a Nextel tower here that also has Cingular on it, but Cellreception does not mention this.

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    how did u find this out, by walking up to thw towers and looking at the names on the fence?

    heres a question, if a tower has multiple carriers on it, would they all be listed on the gate out front that secures the facility?
     
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    Sometimes there are signs saying who is operating , but usually there are not signs for all carriers present. That's where a phone with engineering mode comes in handy. I can do a network test and see who comes up, and judging by how strong their signal is I can deduce whether or not they are on that tower.

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