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jrm
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Dropped calls after moving

Hello,

 

About a month ago, we moved a few kilometers within urban Halifax.  Before the move, the quality of the service was fine, but since then, most calls from home end with the call dropping.  I see there are others now describing issues with dropped calls, but it is unlcear to me if this new technical issue or our change in location is the cause of our problems.

 

Our old location was near St. Mary's university. https://www.google.com/maps/place/St+Mary's+University+Student+Union+Building,+Halifax,+NS+B3H+1K8/@...

 

Our new location is near Dartmouth South Academy (Prince Arthur Junior High): https://www.google.ca/maps/place/9+Lynn+Dr,+Dartmouth,+NS+B2Y+3V8/@44.6650551,-63.5440362,18z/data=!...

 

I can see from cell tower maps (https://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html ), that Telus/PM does not have towers in our area.  I am going to guess that PM uses Bell towers here.  There tower density was higher in our old location, but there still seems to be many nearby towers.  The signal quality (bars on our phones) often fluctuates, so maybe the signal is simply not good enough here for reliable service?  This would surprise me, since we are in the urban core of the city.

 

Is there a way to determine the cause of our dropped calls?  We would like to stay with the nice plans PM has, but if we can't make calls from home, we have no choice but to switch. :-(

 

Regards,

 

Joseph

 

Re: Dropped calls after moving

@jrm , it's possible that the signal is weak where you are now trying to use it.  However, I wouldn't conclude that yet.  Public Mobile has been issues with calls dropping all around the country.  You could be caught up in some of that.  Some information about that: https://productioncommunity.publicmobile.ca/t5/Announcements/Resolution-In-Progress-Dropped-calls-is...

 

 

Mayor / Maire

Re: Dropped calls after moving


@jrm wrote:

Hello,

 

About a month ago, we moved a few kilometers within urban Halifax.  Before the move, the quality of the service was fine, but since then, most calls from home end with the call dropping.  I see there are others now describing issues with dropped calls, but it is unlcear to me if this new technical issue or our change in location is the cause of our problems.

 

Our old location was near St. Mary's university. https://www.google.com/maps/place/St+Mary's+University+Student+Union+Building,+Halifax,+NS+B3H+1K8/@...

 

Our new location is near Dartmouth South Academy (Prince Arthur Junior High): https://www.google.ca/maps/place/9+Lynn+Dr,+Dartmouth,+NS+B2Y+3V8/@44.6650551,-63.5440362,18z/data=!...

 

I can see from cell tower maps (https://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html ), that Telus/PM does not have towers in our area.  I am going to guess that PM uses Bell towers here.  There tower density was higher in our old location, but there still seems to be many nearby towers.  The signal quality (bars on our phones) often fluctuates, so maybe the signal is simply not good enough here for reliable service?  This would surprise me, since we are in the urban core of the city.

 

Is there a way to determine the cause of our dropped calls?  We would like to stay with the nice plans PM has, but if we can't make calls from home, we have no choice but to switch. :-(

 

Regards,

 

Joseph

 


@jrm  Kudos to your post and the due diligence that you have done regarding this issue. My guess is that the dropped calls is a PM network issue and is not related to location. From what I have gathered from some of the experts that have commented  in this forum troubleshooting dropped call issues are very difficult to identify and correct because of the large variables involved when trying to isolate the problem. Hopefully they will be able to figure out what is causing the issue and fix it soon.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Dropped calls after moving

@jrm If there are no towers close to you then it's going to limit where you can get a signal. Try looking at your signal strength before making a call and immediately after a dropped call, if the signal is good when the call drops then it could be another cause.
Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Dropped calls after moving


@jrm wrote:

Hello,

 

About a month ago, we moved a few kilometers within urban Halifax.  Before the move, the quality of the service was fine, but since then, most calls from home end with the call dropping.  I see there are others now describing issues with dropped calls, but it is unlcear to me if this new technical issue or our change in location is the cause of our problems.

 

Our old location was near St. Mary's university. https://www.google.com/maps/place/St+Mary's+University+Student+Union+Building,+Halifax,+NS+B3H+1K8/@...

 

Our new location is near Dartmouth South Academy (Prince Arthur Junior High): https://www.google.ca/maps/place/9+Lynn+Dr,+Dartmouth,+NS+B2Y+3V8/@44.6650551,-63.5440362,18z/data=!...

 

I can see from cell tower maps (https://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html ), that Telus/PM does not have towers in our area.  I am going to guess that PM uses Bell towers here.  There tower density was higher in our old location, but there still seems to be many nearby towers.  The signal quality (bars on our phones) often fluctuates, so maybe the signal is simply not good enough here for reliable service?  This would surprise me, since we are in the urban core of the city.

 

Is there a way to determine the cause of our dropped calls?  We would like to stay with the nice plans PM has, but if we can't make calls from home, we have no choice but to switch. :-(

 

Regards,

 

Joseph

 


According your link, there are only two towers(Eastlink) in your current location and they seem far away. But I'm not sure it will affect your call.

https://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Dropped calls after moving

Re: Dropped calls after moving

It could also be the materials used to build your home.  You can try testing this by going to windows facing the direction to the towers. If the signal is stronger at the window, the walls may be the interference.

 

jrm
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Dropped calls after moving

I estimate the Bell tower to the northwest is within 0.5 km with no elevation changes in between, the cluster of Bell towers to the east and southeast are likely within 1 km, but there is a 20m hill between us, and there are Bell towers to the south that aren't much further than 1 km and at a slightly lower elevation than our home.

 

When I check the signal strength icon on the phone, it's generally at 1, but sometimes 2 levels below full bars when not on a call. I just watched it during a short call and it was mostly at full bars. I have noticed that the icon has been different lately. Before, there was a subscript that would say one of LTE, LTE+, H+ and H, but now there is no subscript.

 

I'm going to guess that our problem is not signal strength, but a technical issue with PM.

jrm
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Dropped calls after moving

The signal strengh looks the same whether inside or outside the home.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, maybe I will be on a longer call while outside, so I will be able to confirm the house materials is not an issue.  I will also try speaking with some neighbours.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Dropped calls after moving


@jrm wrote:

The signal strengh looks the same whether inside or outside the home.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, maybe I will be on a longer call while outside, so I will be able to confirm the house materials is not an issue.  I will also try speaking with some neighbours.


Just outta curiosity @jrm , what brand and model cell phone are you using ? Thanks