Blackberry: If all the talk about the iPhone's reception issues — and how the problem isn't strictly an iPhone problem — has you curious about signal strength, this simple hack will switch your Blackberry signal reporting from bars to actual dBm.
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Everybody likes seeing they've got full bars on their mobile phone, but what exactly do the bars translate to? How much of a signal hit does it take to drop from three to two bars? Technology blog Digital Inspiration shares a great tip for converting the bars on your Blackberry into the actual dBm of the signal.
Hold down the ALT key on your BlackBerry and type the letters NMLL in the same sequence — the bar graph indicating signal strength will convert into real numbers indicating the exact strength in dBm.
You can key in the same sequence to return to Bar Graph mode. The signal range should be anywhere between –40 dBm and –100 dBm for you to send and receive data /calls. The higher the number, the better the signal.
If you're sporting an Android phone and want to get a closer look at signal strength, make sure to check out previously reviewed Antennas. Have a tweak of your own to share, Blackberry-related or otherwise, that gives you a better look at signal strength? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Find the Actual Signal Strength on your BlackBerry [Digital Inspiration]