HTC Droid Incredible: Do you have signal strength problems?

 

By Posted 3 May 2010, 09:50

Despite only being released a few days ago on Verizon, it seems like the HTC Droid Incredible has one potentially major flaw relating to signal strength on the phone.

As reported from Phandroid, owners of both the Motorola Droid and the new HTC Incredible have noticed that in some areas, signal remains stronger on the Droid, rather than the Incredible.

We recently learned that Verizon issued an OTA update for the device but the contents of the update are still unknown – perhaps they fixed up this problem?

A poll over at Phandroid has concluded that out of nearly 2500 votes so far, the majority of them have low signal bars on their Incredible, but call quality was still great.

Have a look at their article for more info. Are you having signal problems on your handset?

  • harry

    There are two school of thoughts here. One side saying there is no signal issue only an icon issue. The other said the signal issue and icon are related. Let me just I'm with the latter. My phone signal is blinking in and out of existence like heisenbergh's proverbial electron.

    • chaz

      after messing around with the incredible i found a way to resolve the signal issue. even though verizon denied that there is even a problem.

      • Joey

        How did you fix the problem. All of my friends in my area have great verizon reception except me and I have the droid incredible.

  • JayT

    Battery life report says' Cell standby' usage is at 35%, If I click on it it says 'Time without a signal 45%'.

    Seems to me one problem is causing another.

    • chaz

      battery life issue is because of the poor signal strength. its working so hard to get sevice the battery is getting used. there is a way i found to resolve the signal problem. i knew there had to be a solution and sure enough i found it.

      • cybil

        yeah whatever… why not post it then

  • harry

    Just talk to an HTC rep awhile ago. She said the problem was that I somehow downloaded a rogue app which is the problem for my 3g connectivity. I told her my 3g is not the problem it's the low signal that is causing my phone to sound like a wind tunnel test. I asked her do you get a lot of people with this issue? She said only one other people called in with the same problem as me….bs

  • Max

    I am having terrible reception in a big city like Miami. And in the process of trying to search for network, I think the battery life is taking a beating. Barely after I charge it to 100% within 5 mins it is already 92%.
    Not acceptable. I am returning the phone in 10 more days if no update shows up.

  • Brandon

    My Incredible has fewer/more erratic bars than other phones, but it's a different story when I go into settings and compare actual signal strength numbers. Side-by-side with a Motorola Droid, the Incredible will have two bars while the Droid has 4… but comparing the numbers, the Incredible is at -85 and the Droid is at -84. Not really a big difference. However, side-by-side with the Eris, the Eris does have a significantly better signal (-85 to -65 approximately). All things considered, as long as I don't have any choppy/dropped calls, I'm happy.

    Also, on the battery front, the first few days I had the Incredible, the battery would barely last from 10am to midnight. (It usually died right after midnight). Today I unplugged it at 10am like always and it's still over 3/4 full at 11:23pm. I know they get better as you do full charge/depletion cycles, but that's a pretty big change literally overnight. The only other thing I did was uninstall Advanced Task Killer, which I think was hurting more than it helped.

  • Brandon

    My Incredible has fewer/more erratic bars than other phones, but it's a different story when I go into settings and compare actual signal strength numbers. Side-by-side with a Motorola Droid, the Incredible will have two bars while the Droid has 4… but comparing the numbers, the Incredible is at -85 and the Droid is at -84. Not really a big difference. However, side-by-side with the Eris, the Eris does have a significantly better signal (-85 to -65 approximately). All things considered, as long as I don't have any choppy/dropped calls, I'm happy.

    Also, on the battery front, the first few days I had the Incredible, the battery would barely last from 10am to midnight. (It usually died right after midnight). Today I unplugged it at 10am like always and it's still over 3/4 full at 11:23pm. I know they get better as you do full charge/depletion cycles, but that's a pretty big change literally overnight. The only other thing I did was uninstall Advanced Task Killer, which I think was hurting more than it helped.

  • Bill

    The difference between -85 dBm and -65 dBm is a factor of 100X in signal power.

  • Bill

    The difference between -85 dBm and -65 dBm is a factor of 100X in signal power.

  • Jeff

    I am not only having a problem with the 3G signal, but an also having a problem with my Wi-Fi signal. I have a new Linksys N router and once I leave the room where the router is connected my signal drops from Great to Fair or even Poor. I am talking about a distance of 30 or 40 feet!!! I LOVE this phone, but if the signal isn't resolved I don't think I can keep it.

  • rebar

    I returned my Incredible after 12 days because of signal strength. I found myself in a location with no bars of signal strength, 3G, a location other phones have performed well. I received two emails with PowerPoint presentations and, although the email comments indicated there was an attachment, they did not appear to be attached. Later, in my office I sent the same email from the incredible to the same incredible and the attachment existed. No one has been able to explain. From a business use perspective, signal strength and this behavior is unacceptable.

  • DUser

    I've had my Droid Eris for a few months now and can report that, while the signal strength is NEVER above 2 bars (usually at that tiny little 1 bar), I almost always have good service, phone calls are not being dropped or lost in mid-sentence, and 3G/internet works well in most places I've been.

    The recent upgrade to 2.whatever seems to have helped with the lag issue, but it still always looks like I have a weak signal. As long as the phone keeps sending/receiving calls without a problem, I have no complaints.

  • DUser

    I've had my Droid Eris for a few months now and can report that, while the signal strength is NEVER above 2 bars (usually at that tiny little 1 bar), I almost always have good service, phone calls are not being dropped or lost in mid-sentence, and 3G/internet works well in most places I've been.

  • mixedbag

    im dropping calls where i had no problem with my LG Dare/ my charge is lasting only 7 to 8 hours with very little use because i can,t get calls/ my phone gets very hot several times a day/waiting for someone to have one in stock so i can replace it hope that will correct the problem/ just love the apps and the screen quality and camera!!!

  • Lori

    My signal strength is terrible. Rarely do I have full signal no matter where I am. Also I have network problems constantly. I am not able to retrieve emails or do anything for that matter when I have network problems which is about 80% of the time. It states that I am not on the wireless network. I go into my wireless network settings and it clearly states I am on the network.

  • Jerus De Leon Carbonell

    how can i bypass the activation of my HTC droid incredible?? my mom gave it to me, and i’m here in the Philippines.. I can’t activate it. because i’m out the signal range.. please help me

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