AT&T Reception - Is this possible?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by emr25, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. emr25 macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    I may just be completely paranoid/ridiculous with this suggestion, but it got me thinking. I picked up my iPhone 3G on 7/21. I work about 15 minutes away from my house, in an area that recently had 3G added (Savannah, GA). At home, I do not have 3G, but consistently have 5 bars of EDGE, plus I have Wifi, so no complaints there. At work, the first few days I had the phone I had 4 or 5 bars EDGE with 3G off, and atleast 1-2 bars with 3G on, which made surfing, etc. plenty fast enough. However, this week I am getting 0 service on either 3G or EDGE, I have to go outside of my office building and walk around for 5-10 minutes to get one bar of service.

    Today, my number port from Sprint was completed (giving me a new phone number, and sort of "resetting" my account, until everything is completed). Immediately after the port was done (my number in Settings>Phone>Number shows my old number still, but my online AT&T account shows my new ported number) I began to receive 3-5 bars of EDGE and 1 bar of 3G at my desk again.

    So finally to my question, is it possible for AT&T to up your bandwith (reception capabilities) for the first couple days you have a new number (my number port essentially acts like I have a new account)? I probably sound like a conspirator, but it is very weird that I have not had any service at all the whole week, and immediately after my number port I get service again.

    Feel free to call me ridiculous, share your thoughts, knowledge, etc. :)
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    OK, I'll be the first one to call you ridiculous.

    Seriously, it's probably an area-wide effect rather than specific to your handset.
  3. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    It is not really possible, with the iPhone, as Apple Controls the software, not at&t. More than likely there were doing some work on the EDGE and 3G systems in your area, causing your problems, or the systems died. I have that happen here from time to time, as my signal comes from Oregon, in a tourist trap, and it turns out that some how people are overloading the systems and crashing the EDGE server/router. I just have to all at&t and they remotely reset the tower and everything is fine. However, now that summer has arrived, and the tourists have trippled, there have been no problems, so I suspect that they have upgraded the equipment to handle the extra data load.

  4. emr25 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    I didn't think it would be possible, but just how it all worked got me thinking a little. I mean it's hard not to admit that when I first open my account, great reception, after the initial excitement, no more reception. Then I port my number (new number pretty much equivalent to new account) and great reception. Oh well, not a big deal as I shouldn't be playing with my phone at work anyways.

    On a side (completely off-topic) note, my white 3G has had no physical defects as far as cracks in the housing, uneven switches/buttons, light leaks, etc., but I do have one stuck pixel in the upper left of the screen. It stays a pretty light red, and it is not very noticeable, so I'm not too worried about it, but is there any way besides the flashing light videos/webapps to fix a "stuck" pixel? I realize there are numerous threads, just haven't found anything that works. Thanks.

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