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UK Nexus One - No 3G?


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Hi all,

I'm working through setting up my new Nexus One which I purchased directly from Google. I am based in the UK and using the O2 network.

As of yet i've been unable to get a 3G connection. My old phone, HTC Rose, could get 3G (or HSDPA) both at home and in the office. I've yet to see my N1 get any 3G connection at all. It does however connect using GPRS, but this is too slow to be useful and won't sync properly.

I went into the testing menu and changed the band to 'euro' in the hope this would resolve the issue. No change. Should this be set to euro for UK, or just Auto? I don't travel much these days so not worried about roaming issues.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Hi all,

I'm working through setting up my new Nexus One which I purchased directly from Google. I am based in the UK and using the O2 network.

As of yet i've been unable to get a 3G connection. My old phone, HTC Rose, could get 3G (or HSDPA) both at home and in the office. I've yet to see my N1 get any 3G connection at all. It does however connect using GPRS, but this is too slow to be useful and won't sync properly.

I went into the testing menu and changed the band to 'euro' in the hope this would resolve the issue. No change. Should this be set to euro for UK, or just Auto? I don't travel much these days so not worried about roaming issues.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Check the APN is correct for O2, settings->wireless & networks->mobile networks->Access Point Names. Check that you dont have "use only 2G networks" enabled. Always use the the Auto band setting.

Ne0

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Check the APN is correct for O2, settings->wireless & networks->mobile networks->Access Point Names. Check that you dont have "use only 2G networks" enabled. Always use the the Auto band setting.

Ne0

Okay, I created an APN called 'o2', told it the APN was 'mobile.o2.co.uk' and left the other details as default. I enabled the APN (I believe) and now have a G icon on the task bar with up/down arrors that appear to be doing something. I assume this is the sync stuff rather than an indication of 3G connection.

In the phone details/network section, it still states GPRS.

I'll set the band back to auto.

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Here are some O2 APN's from the MoDaCo custom ROM, try these.

<apn carrier="O2" mcc="234" mnc="02" apn="mobile.o2.co.uk" user="mobileweb" server="" password="password" mmsc="" type="default" homepageurl="http://pda.o2.co.uk" homepagelabel="O2 Active" /> <apn carrier="O2" mcc="234" mnc="10" apn="mobile.o2.co.uk" user="mobileweb" server="" password="password" mmsc="" type="default" homepageurl="http://pda.o2.co.uk" homepagelabel="O2 Active" /> <apn carrier="O2 MMS" mcc="234" mnc="02" apn="wap.o2.co.uk" user="o2wap" server="" password="password" mmsc="http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002" mmsproxy="193.113.200.195" mmsport="8080" type="mms" homepageurl="http://pda.o2.co.uk" homepagelabel="O2 Active" /> <apn carrier="O2 MMS" mcc="234" mnc="10" apn="wap.o2.co.uk" user="o2wap" server="" password="password" mmsc="http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002" mmsproxy="193.113.200.195" mmsport="8080" type="mms" homepageurl="http://pda.o2.co.uk" homepagelabel="O2 Active" /> <apn carrier="O2 Prepaid" mcc="234" mnc="02" apn="payandgo.o2.co.uk" user="payandgo" server="" password="password" mmsc="http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002" mmsproxy="193.113.200.195" mmsport="8080" type="default,mms" homepageurl="http://pda.o2.co.uk" homepagelabel="O2 Active" /> <apn carrier="O2 Prepaid" mcc="234" mnc="10" apn="payandgo.o2.co.uk" user="payandgo" server="" password="password" mmsc="http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002" mmsproxy="193.113.200.195" mmsport="8080" type="default,mms" homepageurl="http://pda.o2.co.uk" homepagelabel="O2 Active" />

Ne0

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I've gone through (forum.o2.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=144262#144262) and added the two APN's and rebooted the phone. Unfortunately i'm still not getting a 3G connection but can't confirm if this is simply down to poor reception where I am or another/remaining issue.

I'll have to wait until this evening to see once I leave the office!

Thanks

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I've gone through (forum.o2.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=144262#144262) and added the two APN's and rebooted the phone. Unfortunately i'm still not getting a 3G connection but can't confirm if this is simply down to poor reception where I am or another/remaining issue.

I'll have to wait until this evening to see once I leave the office!

Thanks

Just want to check that your getting on the 'G' and not the 3G.

On the HTC Sense UI based devices such as the Hero they show both G, 3G, and H

On the NexusOne and stock android devices its only G - GPRS, and 3G.

I know that Martin Brook has found some issues with the 3G signal on O2 and the NexusOne, he has some threads in this forum with pictures to show the issue.

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There are problems with 3G on the Nexus One (maybe just some of them), the report i read suggests that there is a software issue with preferring WCDMA (3G).

Something to try. Go to Market, download anycut, use it to put a shortcut to "Phone Info" on your home screen. Run it, change 'Set preferred network type' to WCDMA only and see if you get any 3G connection.

or try *#*#4636#*#* from dialer, also works.

Ne0

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I have suddenly got bad 3g connection as of mid day today.

WCDMA preferred wont connect to 3g at all

WCDMA only will connect but only with 1 bar

I use to get a full 3g signal :)

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The Nexus One is very poor at acquiring a 3G signal. I used to complain about the cheap shiny plastic case on the iPhone, which I knew was there to let the 3G antennae do their stuff - the original metal-cased iPhone wouldn't have had good reception (metal cased phones act as Faraday shields to their antennae within).

The Nexus One is mostly metal. I love it, because it feels really high quality. But reception is *very* poor.

I didn't know whether it could sustain a 3G (UMTS) connection until I installed a femtocell in my office (which is in my basement, so UTMS signal is poor down there and even the iPhones have trouble).

Once I'd installed the femtocell in the office... bingo all the phones, including the Nx1, get full 3G coverage and it's *fast*.

However in the real world, with patchy reception, I fear that the Nx1 is going to struggle.

ETA - this is on the UK Vodafone network, with a Vodafone femtocell (they call it the 'Vodafone Sure Signal' but it's just a UMTS femtocell). I've also seen 3G once or twice out on the road, but it's not my primary device since it can't do secure IMAP mail, so testing is limited.

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The Nexus One is mostly metal. I love it, because it feels really high quality. But reception is *very* poor.

I cant see a lot of metal on my n1!?! I'm pretty sure its plastic!

However in the real world, with patchy reception, I fear that the Nx1 is going to struggle.

The reception issue appears to be software based, do the test i mentioned above and see the difference in 3G signal.

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The Nexus One is mostly metal. I love it, because it feels really high quality. But reception is *very* poor.

I think your an Oddity, I get much better reception than the iPhone users I know, it does how ever have issues, changing between 2G to 3G which is causing the *patchy* problems. Like the Hero this should be easily fixable with a Radio Patch (Sooner would be nice Google!)

Although I am interested in the femtocell you speak of as reception in our area for Orange is pathetic, due to the antenna being in-line with the row of houses and us being the opposite end...

I cant see a lot of metal on my n1!?! I'm pretty sure its plastic!

The reception issue appears to be software based, do the test I mentioned above and see the difference in 3G signal.

There is metal on the phone but all the darker grey parts of the phone are plastic or some nice type of resin of some kind. (like the Hero)

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