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Dan
 
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My wife and I have identical cell phones, Siemens model A56. My example
is perhaps a year older than hers. Mine seems to lose connection more
readily than hers does, and if we turn them both on side by side in any
given location, mine typically takes 2 to 5 times as long to establish a
connection. What would account for this difference? Is mine simple a
"lemon", perhaps having some portion(s) of its rf alignment off? Since
mine is older, could the battery be a bit weaker? Our service is
Cingular, they do offer other phones, these are probably their least
expensive option. I'm wondering if other brands/models perform better
in terms of connection, general sound quality, etc. If they are like
virtually every other electronic device (no reason to assume they are
not) it seems likely some make/models preform better than others. I'm
wondering if anyone tests various cell phones for these things (Consumer
Reports, maybe)? Anyone know?

TIA

Dan
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Dan wrote:
My wife and I have identical cell phones, Siemens model A56. My

example
is perhaps a year older than hers. Mine seems to lose connection

more
readily than hers does, and if we turn them both on side by side in

any
given location, mine typically takes 2 to 5 times as long to

establish a
connection. What would account for this difference? Is mine simple

a
"lemon", perhaps having some portion(s) of its rf alignment off?

Since
mine is older, could the battery be a bit weaker? Our service is
Cingular, they do offer other phones, these are probably their least
expensive option. I'm wondering if other brands/models perform

better
in terms of connection, general sound quality, etc. If they are like


virtually every other electronic device (no reason to assume they are


not) it seems likely some make/models preform better than others.

I'm
wondering if anyone tests various cell phones for these things

(Consumer
Reports, maybe)? Anyone know?

TIA

Dan

I'd check the battery first. It may not be as fresh as the one in your
wife's phone and that may be the problem. Good luck.

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Thanks for the reply. I'll try swapping batteries between the 2 phones
& see if the performance changes. Anecdotally, getting on with the poor
performing phone on the charger doesn't seem to improve matters.

Dan

worldcitizen wrote:
Dan wrote:

My wife and I have identical cell phones, Siemens model A56. My


example

is perhaps a year older than hers. Mine seems to lose connection


more

readily than hers does, and if we turn them both on side by side in


any

given location, mine typically takes 2 to 5 times as long to


establish a

connection. What would account for this difference? Is mine simple


a

"lemon", perhaps having some portion(s) of its rf alignment off?


Since

mine is older, could the battery be a bit weaker? Our service is
Cingular, they do offer other phones, these are probably their least
expensive option. I'm wondering if other brands/models perform


better

in terms of connection, general sound quality, etc. If they are like



virtually every other electronic device (no reason to assume they are



not) it seems likely some make/models preform better than others.


I'm

wondering if anyone tests various cell phones for these things


(Consumer

Reports, maybe)? Anyone know?

TIA

Dan


I'd check the battery first. It may not be as fresh as the one in your
wife's phone and that may be the problem. Good luck.

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Could be a different firmware revision. Maybe your provider could help with
that.

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My wife and I have identical cell phones, Siemens model A56. My example
is perhaps a year older than hers. Mine seems to lose connection more
readily than hers does, and if we turn them both on side by side in any
given location, mine typically takes 2 to 5 times as long to establish a
connection. What would account for this difference? Is mine simple a
"lemon", perhaps having some portion(s) of its rf alignment off? Since
mine is older, could the battery be a bit weaker? Our service is
Cingular, they do offer other phones, these are probably their least
expensive option. I'm wondering if other brands/models perform better in
terms of connection, general sound quality, etc. If they are like
virtually every other electronic device (no reason to assume they are not)
it seems likely some make/models preform better than others. I'm
wondering if anyone tests various cell phones for these things (Consumer
Reports, maybe)? Anyone know?

TIA

Dan



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Thanks for the replies. Long story, but the one I'm using had it's sim
card replaced about 1 month ago (making the card actually NEWER than my
wife's phone). Would this have contained the firmware?

Dan

Thomas Abell wrote:
Could be a different firmware revision. Maybe your provider could help with
that.

"Dan" wrote in message
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My wife and I have identical cell phones, Siemens model A56. My example
is perhaps a year older than hers. Mine seems to lose connection more
readily than hers does, and if we turn them both on side by side in any
given location, mine typically takes 2 to 5 times as long to establish a
connection. What would account for this difference? Is mine simple a
"lemon", perhaps having some portion(s) of its rf alignment off? Since
mine is older, could the battery be a bit weaker? Our service is
Cingular, they do offer other phones, these are probably their least
expensive option. I'm wondering if other brands/models perform better in
terms of connection, general sound quality, etc. If they are like
virtually every other electronic device (no reason to assume they are not)
it seems likely some make/models preform better than others. I'm
wondering if anyone tests various cell phones for these things (Consumer
Reports, maybe)? Anyone know?

TIA

Dan




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