Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


Canuckabroad

49 posts

Geek


#139453 9-Feb-2014 21:52
Send private message

My wife and I are both on Vodafone, however she has almost no reception outside Auckland - in locations where I often have strong 4G signal.  Her Nokia 710 does support the frequencies in NZ, so I'm just guessing her phone for some reason isn't picking up a complete list of cellular towers.

Is there a command to cause the phone to update the list of cellular towers?  She's already taken it to a kiosk where the sales drone checked that the model is supported in NZ, but had no idea what she was talking about when she suggested there could be a command to update this.  I'm sure I remember in the past (on other forums) people suggesting you could just update this before you travel to make sure you'd have the best reception.

Anyone know?

Thanks,

Create new topic
johnr
19282 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #983020 9-Feb-2014 22:01
Send private message

Where was the Nokia 710 obtained from? Sounds like it does not support the GSM / 3G 900Mhz band

A handset does not have a list of cell towers loaded onto it, Don't trust everything you read on the web

Think of the nightmare that every time a new cell site went live providing new coverage that the handset had to be updated and then bring roaming into the picture

Edit: A handset can have a list of preferred networks for roaming but just no way in the world a list of cell sites

Affiliate link
 
 
 

Affiliate link: Shop Mighty Ape for electronics, games, computers books and more.
Canuckabroad

49 posts

Geek


  #983027 9-Feb-2014 22:14
Send private message

That sounds like what I was thinking of....a 3 letter acronym, preferred roaming (something).

The 710 is from the UK - specs suggest it supports GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz.

I suppose I can see if there's something in the config where it isn't using all the frequencies? No other easy fix?

johnr
19282 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #983028 9-Feb-2014 22:17
Send private message

What is network mode set to? might not be called ' network mode ' but something like this



Batman
Mad Scientist
28015 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #983034 9-Feb-2014 22:42
Send private message

you probably have the 710-T which does not support 900Mhz 3G ... she either buys a new phone or switch to telecom




Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


johnr
19282 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #983035 9-Feb-2014 22:43
Send private message

As above check the model number

Batman
Mad Scientist
28015 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #983052 9-Feb-2014 22:45
Send private message

Canuckabroad: Is there a command to cause the phone to update the list of cellular towers?  She's already taken it to a kiosk where the sales drone checked that the model is supported in NZ, but had no idea what she was talking about when she suggested there could be a command to update this.  I'm sure I remember in the past (on other forums) people suggesting you could just update this before you travel to make sure you'd have the best reception.

Anyone know?

Thanks,


edit: I have always misreading things syndrome - maybe my wife has a point

2) the internet says a lot of things that are completely baseless!




Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


Canuckabroad

49 posts

Geek


  #983085 9-Feb-2014 23:47
Send private message

Just to confirm - when I say there is no reception, the indicator is that there is no connection at all.  If her phone supported 2G at 900Mhz, would she not have service for making phone calls and just not a data connection?

Thanks for the suggestion - I'll confirm the model.

joker97: you probably have the 710-T which does not support 900Mhz 3G ... she either buys a new phone or switch to telecom



NikT
1699 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #983140 10-Feb-2014 08:28
Send private message

Sounds like what you're thinking of is a Preferred Roaming List (PRL), which is part of CDMA tech & not used in NZ as we're all GSM/WCDMA/LTE these days. :)




Product Manager @ PB Tech

Smartphones @ PB Tech | Headphones @ PB Tech


Canuckabroad

49 posts

Geek


  #983149 10-Feb-2014 08:44
Send private message

Eep.  Will have to update my terminology and thinking.  Last time I was really familiar and current was in CDMA days.

NikT: Sounds like what you're thinking of is a Preferred Roaming List (PRL), which is part of CDMA tech & not used in NZ as we're all GSM/WCDMA/LTE these days. :)

Create new topic





News and reviews »

Belkin Screenforce Tempered Glass Screen Protector and Bumper - Apple Watch
Posted 15-Aug-2022 17:20


Samsung Introducing Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4
Posted 11-Aug-2022 01:00


Samsung Unveils Health Innovations with Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro
Posted 11-Aug-2022 01:00


Google Bringing First Cloud Region to Aotearoa New Zealand
Posted 10-Aug-2022 08:51


ANZ To Move to FIS Modern Banking Platform
Posted 10-Aug-2022 08:28


GoPro Hero10 Black Review
Posted 8-Aug-2022 17:41


Amazon to Acquire iRobot
Posted 6-Aug-2022 11:41


Samsung x LIFE Picture Collection Brings Iconic Moments in History to The Frame
Posted 4-Aug-2022 17:04


Norton Consumer Cyber Safety Pulse Report: Phishing for New Bait on Social Media
Posted 4-Aug-2022 16:50


Microsoft Announces New Solutions for Threat Intelligence and Attack Surface Management
Posted 3-Aug-2022 21:54


Seagate Addresses Hyperscale Workloads with Enterprise-Class Nytro SSDs
Posted 3-Aug-2022 21:50


Visa Launching Eco-friendly Payment Solutions in New Zealand
Posted 3-Aug-2022 21:48


NCR Delivers Services to Run Bank of New Zealand ATM Network
Posted 30-Jul-2022 11:06


New HP Portfolio Supports New Era of Hybrid Work
Posted 28-Jul-2022 17:14


Harman Kardon Launches Citation MultiBeam 1100 Soundbar
Posted 28-Jul-2022 17:10









Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.







GoodSync is the easiest file sync and backup for Windows and Mac