To start with dont buy your phone from cingular or verizons retail store in town. They may only let you make one phone exchange and you might need to make 3 or 4. For signal strength and voice quality dont check this in town where you have a full signal..go to a place where the phone only shows one or two bars of power..well wait a minute..cingular phones wont work at all with one or two bars so lets say 3 bars..call your home phone leave a message on your answering machine..make sure you call from the same place with each phone you try..leave the same message saying what phone your trying..this is how other people will here the phone when you call them..to make a long story short..the Razr V3m is going to win this test..its sounds just like your calling from a house phone or better. in signal strength though it falls short ..you'll find the v325, vx8300 and samsung a930 showing one or tow more bars but the V3m has worked fine before with no bars showing and no dropped calls.
How can a consumer learn about the relative antenna and receiver strengths when picking a new phone?
I know that the statement in the first paragraph in the artible below is true - but what do I do with that knowledge without a a means to quantify the strengths?
"Getting the best call quality from your mobile phone, By Kent German, CNET Editor,
Filed in: Cell Phones and Accessories, Cell Phones, Smartphones
A lot of variables affect a handset's call quality, both from the phone itself and the carrier's network. On the handset side, the strength of the antenna and the receiver play a big role, while the quality of the earpiece (volume level and so on) is a determining factor as well. Not all phone models have the same innards, so some handsets can perform badly regardless of the carrier.