Is this a Network Problem or phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by michael31986, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. michael31986 macrumors 68030

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    ill have 3 bars of 3g, but sometimes it keeps saying call retry then eventually it works.

    other times people say they called me and they get a message saying " the number u reached can't be completed or some BS of automated.

    finally 2 times now i have called someone in the span of 2 months this happened. it rings, but its a weird scratchy fuzzy ringing, so i hang up and call again and the ringing is a normal ring.

    anyone know what could cause this?

    is the 3g just not good enough even though with 2 bars or 3 it still said call retry.
     
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    I heard that if you pick up a seashell and listen, you can hear the answers you seek.

    Or, just read the past 60 days worth of posts around here.

    Whichever is easier.
     
  3. kornyboy macrumors 68000

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_0_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5C1 Safari/525.20)

    I have experienced similar issues. I originally got a phone that had a couple of things wrong with it and had it swapped out at the Apple store. Both, that phone and the new one, had these issues. I think it is a network issue that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with signal strength.
     
  4. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Those bars lag, chances are you have moved from an area of signals to an area without.
     
  5. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    I had this in both my Original iPhone and my iPhone 3G. I think that is an AT&T issue...
     
  6. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    thanks guys, the bars probably do lag. god all these bugs i hope bar lag which sounds like a made up word is fixed with new update.

    but what would posse the fuzzy distorted ringing? back connection?


    and why would my friends get a message sayind number cannot be reached instead of my voicemail?
     
  7. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    I think it is some issue at AT&T - maybe with the cell tower, or the circuit or something. If I stay on past the ringing, and the other person answers, they sound all distorted as well. Like you said maybe it is just a bad connection...
     
  8. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

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    It's probably the network as it's happened on every phone I've had in the past several years on AT&T. I've even had it happen on my landline on occasion.
     
  9. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    ^ what has the message or the distorted ringin?
     
  10. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    If you want your real signal (instead of bars) go into you keypad on the phone and type this:

    *3001#12345#*

    Call it and it will bring up a diagnostic mode that shows the actuall signal strength in numbers. The numbers are negative, so -90 is a better signal than -95.

    Hit home to go back to using the normal bars.
     
  11. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Wow, damn. Good tip.

    I get -77.
     
  12. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

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    Others have gotten that message when calling my cell, but it's been about 18 months since that happened last. When I call others, either from my cell or via landline, I'll occasionally get that "bad connection" sound during the ring and subsequent call. If I hear distortion or noise on the ring, I'll bail out and hit redial. That usually clears it up.
     
  13. Trajectory macrumors 6502a

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    I get -55 to -66.
     
  14. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    i got -97 but i dont have much 3g in my house, only like 2 bars.

    i hang up and call again to when i have the static ringing

    about the automatied message can i call att and they will fix it or ur saying it happened to u 18 months ago and it just went away by itself?
     
  15. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

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    It went away on its own, or at least hasn't happened in a long while.
     

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