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Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 1:41 AM

I have had my X since last July, but have only recently noticed the following signal issue:  my signal is usually fine and I have a 3G connection, unless I am in a crowded location.  A few weeks ago, I was in a crowded college football stadium, and only had a 1x signal the whole time.  The same thing happened this past Wednesday night at a basketball game.  Then, yesterday, we went out to a crowded mall, and I only had a 1x signal the whole time.  If I went to airplane mode, my signal bars would come back, display 3G, then immediately drop to 1x.  Nothing I could do would bring back 3G.

Has anyone else seen this? A few months ago, I did go over 2GB of data, but I am on an unlimited data plan, and 2.1GB doesn't seem like I would be such a heavy user that they would have throttled me.  I don't tether or anything; I just use my phone a lot.  If VZW were throttling me on busy towers, is this what it would look like, or would my phone still display 3G, but just download more slowly?

Any help would be much appreciated.  Thankfully, I do not work or live in an area covered by a "busy" tower, which is why it seems to have only affected sporting events or malls.

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Re: Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 1:49 AM

Throttling would slow you down, not change the signal type.  2Gb is nothing close to what it would take to be throttled as far as I know.  That's the amount of the smallest data plan Verizon offers now.

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Re: Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 1:57 AM

Those were my thoughts exactly, but I still can't figure out why I can't get a 3G signal on busy (by my own estimation) towers, when my wife's Verizon i*hone 4 has a perfectly normal 3G signal (forgot to include that in the original post).

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Re: Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 2:11 AM

3G dropping to 1X has been a problem with the Droid X since its introduction.

https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/51205?start=0&tstart=0

https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/45232?start=0&tstart=0

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Re: Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 2:16 AM

I read through some of that before posting this. Has anyone else noticed it just happening in areas with crowds? Sorry if I missed that being mentioned.

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Re: Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 3:19 AM

I haven't noticed the correlation with a crowd but I have noticed that my X sucks since the latest update. When I'm with my son and his Verizon iPhone 4 I'm embarrassed.

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Re: Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 5:49 AM

I've noticed that this happens in crowded areas. Both my Droid X and freind's Droid 2 have terrible data performance in crowded areas, with the data frequently dropping to 1X. I just assumed is was Verizon's data network reaching capacity, but if the iPhone works than it must be the Motorola software.

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Re: Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 12:24 PM

When this is happening do you see that other's phones still have 3G & fast speed? Maybe everyone's signal sucks in crowded places - VZ may have to throttle everyone to help spread around the available bandwidth.

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Re: Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 12:46 PM

I can only go by my wife's phone, which is a Verizon iPhone 4.  She had no problems at the time.

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Re: Am I being throttled, or does my X just suck?

2011-12-05, 14:23 PM

I'm not standing up for Verizon in any way but it is possible that the signal strength indicator is incorrect.  Still a Droid X issue of course.

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