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Topic # 94766 18-Dec-2011 17:18
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I recently purchased an Xperia ray (ST18i) (parallel imported from Fair Buy), and I'm having reception issues. 3G is very low signal and hard to get going. Since I don't use mobile broadband, that's not too much of a bother for me at this point, but it also seems that 2G is flaky. It often disconnects randomly, leaving me to go into the settings and manually try reconnecting (which almost always works). The odd thing is sometimes when it's "disconnected", it shows Vodafone as an option in the cell sites setting, and it's selected (ticked), and 2degrees is there too. Of course, if I try doing that manually, it doesn't work. Maybe that's just an unrelated display bug. So what can I try? I've messed around with the settings (manual/automatic site network select, roaming/no roaming, etc) to no avail.

I should also note that I'm using the same sim card I had in my old phone (a Sony Ericsson featurephone), and that had no such issues. Also, this is stock firmware, fully upgraded.

Re-edit: I'm in Wellington, phone network specs are

2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 
3G: HSDPA 900 / 2100

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  Reply # 559281 18-Dec-2011 17:33
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It would help if you posted the specifications in YOUR box, not a link to GSM Arena. Most of the times GSM Arena doesn't have the correct specifications.


People can't help without a little basic information...


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  Reply # 559284 18-Dec-2011 17:39
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Sorry, I had that I'm in Wellington in my original post but I had edited it and didn't realise I took that part out.

The network specs are on GSM Arena are correct as far as I can tell:

2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G: HSDPA 900 / 2100

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  Reply # 559293 18-Dec-2011 18:34
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I would down load a copy of network info from the market and find out the details of where your phone is connected and post those details so that 2Deg can have a look.

A problem with some of these new phones is they're not really designed to be on the network edge. Not saying that's the case with this one, but it is something to consider.

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  Reply # 559298 18-Dec-2011 18:49
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Ooh, nice little tool there. Good suggestion, thanks Don.

Here's some screenshots of the info it gives:

3G site:   2G site: 

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