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    Talking change signal strength bars to numbers

    I know we have discussed this in the past, and the search function on the board isn't working right for me now, or I would just find the old post that way.
    what is the process for changing the signal strength bars from bars to numbers on the 3g?


    thanks so much!

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    *3001#12345#*

    Call this number, and while you are in this mode it will display as dB instead of bars.

    Not aware of a way to keep it like this, but I would love that if anyone knows how.

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    Actually a more determined search turned it up. Once you Dial in that code to get into field test mode...hold home down until field test quits. The numbers will now stay. You can tap them to change them back to bars.

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    yes, I actually rebooted my phone while in test mode and that made it "stick"..
    Thanks for your help!

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    cool trick how do the numbers translate? I know full signal seems to be -87 to -99 whats the range most people see?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuclearjack
    cool trick how do the numbers translate? I know full signal seems to be -87 to -99 whats the range most people see?
    -87 all night here.

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    actually, the LOWER the number, the better the signal...sort of like golf!

    I think -59 is the "lowest" or strongest signal, and -104 is the worst..

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    Quote Originally Posted by wase4711
    actually, the LOWER the number, the better the signal...sort of like golf!

    I think -59 is the "lowest" or strongest signal, and -104 is the worst..

    really? cause I was showing full bars and then 90ish

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    Quote Originally Posted by wase4711
    actually, the LOWER the number, the better the signal...sort of like golf!

    I think -59 is the "lowest" or strongest signal, and -104 is the worst..
    I've gotten a -51 a few times on my phone:

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    I average mid to high 90's inside my house, and outside, I usually get into the 70's. I have also seen as high as 101.

    In the end, it doesn't matter that much to me, as I never drop calls, and always have quality sounding conversations.

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    It is a number in dBm. Decibels of milliwatts. For hand held walkie talkie type radios, they will work great down to -120, but for the kind of data transfer on a cell phone, we need something a bit better, like -105. Once you're worse than -100 you can basically consider it a 'low' signal. Where it actually stops working will depend on how much noise there is in your area.

    It is hard to get a feel for it if you haven't worked with it your whole career like I have, but if you're getting -90 or better, it should be a pretty good signal relative to local noise. If you are dropping calls in better than -90 its a phone or network (or noise) problem, not really a signal level problem.

    Cell systems are actually pretty cool and efficient. A standard 802.11 wifi stops working around -80. -80 is a receive power of 0.00000001 thousandths of a watt. So still being able to transfer data from your phone around -105 is pretty darn impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wase4711
    actually, the LOWER the number, the better the signal...sort of like golf!

    I think -59 is the "lowest" or strongest signal, and -104 is the worst..
    -59 is higher than -104

    The higher the number, the better.

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    thats what I meant...its been awhile since I was in school, so I forgot that -59 IS HIGHER than -104..
    Its tough getting old!

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    So its seems that -62 to -104 = full bars of signal for my phone..... I haven't been to any areas with low signal lately so Im curious to see what it would display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuclearjack
    So its seems that -62 to -104 = full bars of signal for my phone..... I haven't been to any areas with low signal lately so Im curious to see what it would display.
    that seems like quite a big range for "full bars"

    Are the negative -db numbers universal to all phones? I had a BB pearl that would show the db, and I am curious if you could compare them accurately?

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