I have a Bionic that I've had for 2 years. After the jelly bean update it is basically worthless. Specific problems:
1) Signal is worse than ever. For example I just tried to call Verizon for help direct and the call connected then immediately dropped. So I tried to chat them directly but their chat line is busy - try again later. I do live out in the country so our signal has never been great here BUT we could usually manage to get through a call if we are standing right next to our wireless extender, now that is impossible even standing right next to the extender. AND even when we are in town where our signal USED to be perfect, after Jelly Bean we can't keep calls connected even in town and the phone seems to switch between types of cell signal which may or may not be why we can't keep a call connected.
2) The dialer chops push button tones in half, so I can no longer use the phone to call any number that uses a voice prompt menu LIKE VERIZON customer support line uses.
3) Stock browser and certain apps do not auto-space after words and instead just type one long run-on word when using swype.
4) When tapping certain apps to launch them other random apps will open that are in no way physically near to or related to the app selected.
5) Some error keeps popping up several times a day, it pops and disappears quickly and randomly so it's been hard to get the full text but it is something to the effect of a gulf gui exception wifi something.
6) The prompts to open a file with this app vs another app just once or always does not work and retain what you tell it to use always.
7) When clicking an app or widget it doesn't always respond in any way.
😎 If it does respond there is a VERY long delay when trying to launch any apps or dialer etc
9) When trying to dial people the phone doesn't respond, You can try to dial again and it won't respond, and so on until all the sudden you have three or more connected calls to the same person. Typically a reboot will fix this but is not at all an acceptable solution.
10) If and when a call connects and drops you can't call the person back because the phone won't respond. Typically a reboot will fix this but it is ridiculous to have to reboot your phone after every call that drops.
This is not just affecting me, my husband and my son who are both on the same model phone droid and are having the exact same issues. I did go to our local Verizon store to try to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S4 because I read that the Galaxy line usually pulls a better signal than some of the other phones models (on the same level as an iPhone), and I'm assuming something "created" with the Jelly Bean O/S in mind would work better with it, but I was told A) they did not have any in the store and didn't have any ordered to come in until the 26th and B) if we upgrade at the discounted price (we are due for our new every two discount) we would lose the unlimited data that we were grandfathered in with. So we either have to pay full price to keep the unlimited data or we pay a discounted price of 200.00 and lose the unlimited data. Also ridiculous as this phones probably cost around 30.00 to actually produce no matter how fancy they are Verizon you are still making a profit on them at the discounted price. This is not a good way to treat your long time customers. Our reward for staying with Verizon over the past 10 + years is that we pay more for new phones (even with the discount) and lose our unlimited data.
I tried to connect to Verizon by phone for support (but ironically and INFURIATINGLY) the touch tones do not work to allow me to get through the voice prompts and when I hold on the line hoping it will put me through to a human it doesn't maintain signal long enough for me to speak to someone. I started out as a Verizon customer over 10 years ago. I talked my husband off of Sprit and my son off of T mobile in favor of Verizon and we all three now have a completely useless phone and thus far have been treated poorly by Verizon. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am. Verizon used to have the best customer service hands down, no other cell phone provider even came close. I'm a customer support center manager and if my customer support team service sunk to this level of profit over customer satisfaction I would be fired and replaced immediately.
Is there a fix for what is broken -- OTHER than factory reset the phone which is not an acceptable answer to me.
Does Verizon have plans to actively continue to improve the signal quality in suburb and rural areas or do they just adopt an "target areas with the most customers and let the rest suffer" attitude? We've been promised for 3 years that more towers were coming to our area and so far nothing.
Does Verizon stand by the poor treatment of long time customers?
A few things you can try ... turn off the phone, remove the SIM card, wait a few minutes, then reinsert the SIM card and re-boot the phone. Maybe a fresh connection to the network will improve the signal/call quality.
Do a system cache clear; it won't delete your data:
Power down phone
Hold volume up/down & power simultaneously until you see the Boot Mode Selection Menu
Use volume down to navigate to 'Recovery', use volume up to select
You should see screen with triangle and exclamation point next to an Android
Press volume up/down simultaneously to go into system recovery
Use volume rocker to navigate to 'wipe cache' and use power button to select
Once finished, use volume rocker to navigate to 'reboot system now' and use power button to select
If all else fails, back everything up, remove the SD card to be on the safe side, and factory reset the phone. No, it's not a preferred option, but sometimes that is what it takes to 'clear out the cobwebs' after an operating system update.
I know that having issues with your phone is no fun Sparks1971. A software update is suppose to help the phone and not hinder it. If your having signal issues, please let us know the location and zipcode? We can review the area for any known issues and file a trouble-ticket.Try power cycling periodically. To help with applications not loading, text errors, freezing, and minor errors, try clearing the cache periodically, removing problematic applications, deleting old/long text threads. If you continue to have issue, a factory reset does help after major updates. You may have applications that are not compatible with your new software. Also new functionalities may be working to help your phone but may be using previous functionalities that may be causing issues.
Additionally, upgrading is always a great way to get an awesome new phone but I understand your concern with the fee. This fee has a lot of benefits. It covers device set up, wireless workshops, online support, store support, and more. Its a one time fee and covers so much. Also, we no longer offer unlimited because our technology is evolving and so is our network. We want to ensure everyone is enjoying blazing fast speeds so our plans do have to change to keep up with the high demand for our awesome network. You can use our trade in program for extra money towards your new phone. Here are details http://bit.ly/GGnDDC . You can also take a look at our device payment plan http://tiny.cc/q12hxw . These are two great options.
The new plans are awesome and may actually save you money. I recommend performing a pricing plan analysis to find the best plan for your needs so that you can get your upgrade discount. Here are the plans http://bit.ly/xdDajD .
I hope all this information is helpful and I look forward to hearing from you.
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i can personally attest to all of these issues also happening with my droid bionic after receiving the jelly bean update. google now is great and the chrome browser is an improvement over the original but the bionic hardware simply does not have the processing power necessary to support them. i am not one to believe in conspiracy theories but i cant believe that any engineer would approve this build unless he was specfically instructed to make bionics inoperable so as to motivate their owners to upgrade (and give up their unlimited data plans!).
Get on a land line, Call Verizon Tech Support. Insist on level 2 Tech Support.
Do a Factory Reset with the Tech. The Tech will give you an app to download that allows him/her to control your phone
and they will do the Factory Reset. You will LOSE NOTHING. You will have to rebuild your home pages ( big deal ) and if you have non play store apps you will re-download them. You will not lose your paid apps.
I have had my Bionic for 2 years and went thru ice cream and now jellybean and had some similar issues you describe, all
is well after the Factory Reset. The Bionic won't run like an 8 core processor phone, because it only has 2 cores.
I too was looking at the Galaxy 4, but I'm sticking with my Bionic after the Reset.
Name me one, ONE, phone on the market as of the time you responded or as of my response that has 8 cores. ONE. There are none. They will be coming, after all Android is getting as inefficient and bloated as to demand all this processing power but there are as yet none available. There will be some next year, and Android is gonna need them at this rate.
BTW, you don't need a tech to do a factory reset.
(Removed) poor signal on 4g really no 4g is a better way to say it.
(Removed) poor battery life went from 24hrs + to 8hr if u r lucky
Verizon want u to upgrade because u have unlimited data and wants u under a new 2yr contract.
Says your phone is the problem. No was better on GB os than this useless jb update they gave us
They screwed it up they need to fix it. I have factory reset twice. Two new sim cards call level two tech at Verizon said my radio was bad. Bull. The 3g works OK its just the 4g
Anyone know how to fix this crap? Please help
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My Bionic is a company issued device, and we have a grandfathered "unlimited data" plan. I'm the one and only IT person and a devoted Google/Android user. However, I'm really agnostic when it comes to anything technical, which has me looking elsewhere for a phone. I'm seriously looking at Blackberry. I'm also 100% convinced that Verizon takes forever in issuing new OS updates just to frustrate users into upgrading. Prove me wrong VW, I dare you.