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Power cycle your phone?

Jesse Torres
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During the last two months, I have experienced quite a few dropped calls. I called T-mobile and they said that I should power cycle my phone (turn off and then back on) everyday. T-mobile states that this will allow me to reestablish a connection with the nearest tower.

Have any of you ever heard of such a resolution to dropped calls?

Thanks,
Damien Howard
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No, but every once in a while my phone goes crazy and I need to do this and it fixes the issue. But I think that is more of a problem with my phone than with T-Mobile.

I think the power cycle thing could possibly make sense depending on how the software in your phone works and how the software in their towers work as well as the power handling of your phone and that of the tower.

I have noticed similar problems with home routers. Sometimes they seem to overload or something and they need to be unplugged for a minute or so as the power dissipates and then once I reconnect them they work fine again. I have had this happen with several routers of varying brands. Always with small home routers though, I imagine thousand dollar business routers are made to be more reliable.
kayal cox
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I face a similar issue too, very infrequent though, and I got a similar explanation from Sprint.
Jesse Torres
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Originally posted by Damien Howard:
No, but every once in a while my phone goes crazy and I need to do this and it fixes the issue. But I think that is more of a problem with my phone than with T-Mobile.



Thanks for your input. Which phone do you have? I have Motorola V300.
Jesse Torres
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Originally posted by kayal cox:
I face a similar issue too, very infrequent though, and I got a similar explanation from Sprint.


I thought that the power cycling only pertained to GSM. I guess I am wrong. Nevertheless, did power cycling resolve your issue?

Regards,
[ May 26, 2005: Message edited by: Jesse Torres ]
Matt Fielder
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I would imagine cycling would be more valuable to let the phone reboot and not to connect to the nearest tower. It's always connecting to different towers all day long as you move around.
kayal cox
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Originally posted by Jesse Torres:

I thought that the power cycling only pertained to GSM. I guess I am wrong. Nevertheless, did power cycling resolve your issue?


Yep. And both my and my husband face this issue (we have identical phones). But it is really infrequent that we are not too bothered abt it.
Damien Howard
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Originally posted by Jesse Torres:


Thanks for your input. Which phone do you have? I have Motorola V300.


I have an old motorola. Don't know the model, it is not written on the phone but it is a GSM phone about 4 years old.
Roger Nelson
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Yes, power cycling is a revolutionary concept used in many devices, originally invented and patented by Microsoft in the windows operating system
Dan Maples
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I have a GSM phone from ATT/Cingular, often times I will be standing still and the signal will go from full to none and stay at none. Most of the time when I reset the phone, the signal will come back. I don't know what causes this, but it is very annoying.
Ashok Mash
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Is 'power cycling' a polite way of saying 'reboot/reset' your device/machine? Oh, I haven't '' power cycle'd '' my phone is last six months or so!


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Neeraj Dheer
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that is the most common solution to 'network problems' around the world i guess. but astonishingly, it works. i have faced most of the above problems and doing a 'power cycle' usually gets rid of the problem...

yes, and i am surprised as to why microsoft has not patented this 'technology' yet!!!
 
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