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  • WAy OT: phone problems

    This is just a post so that others that may have the same problem can fix it.

    We lost our phones both wireless and the land line this week. After talking to the phone company a couple of times I finally found someone that knew what happened. If the battery on a wireless phone (not a cell phone but a wireless house phone) is low and happens to go out when someone is on the phone, not necessarily the same handset, the phone may not disconnect when you hang up, leaving you without a dial tone because the system thinks you are still on the phone. Outside callers will get a busy signal.

    The solution is to unplug the base unit and the land lines from the jacks and also the power for at least 5 minutes. That forces a reset of the phones and the dial tone comes back. It worked.

    Hope that saves somebody some trouble.
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    While we are on this topic does anyone know of a solution for Samsung Android phone power problems? This is constantly reported on line and Samsung refuses to acknowledge it. What happens is that when the phone is fully charged in the evening and then turned off for the night (full OFF, not sleeping) then in the morning it reports a nearly dead battery (5%) and must be charged again. I have been trying to find a real answer to this problem and have had no luck as yet. It is not a worn out battery as my phone hasn't ever been used much and it isn't some sort of bad connection anywhere, it really is fully charged according to the App Battery Spy. Of course, there is no such thing as turning the power fully off since the screen comes on to show it is charging even when turned "full off". It does this just sometimes, not every time it is turned off. Sometimes it will run for days on the same charge. Putting it into "airplane mode" makes no difference even though it turns off all transmitters (supposedly).
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    • #3
      Are any apps running that haven't been terminated before you powered it down? Those will shorten the time between charges in normal operating modes. Are any extra screens hidden behind the wallpaper as well?
      gvasale

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      • #4
        Evan, I had Samsung droid charging problems also. I searched the internet with no luck. I user the Google email backup feature. I went into settings and reset my phone. This deleted everything. The when it comes back up it'll ask for a gmail account. I put that in and reloaded everything. The phone did it all by itself. It worked great. It even brought my favorites back. It will not bring back photos or downloads or passwords. Also it will place icons on the screen in the order it redownloads them. All power problems are fixed now. That was my last resort but it worked.

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        • #5
          I have virtually no extra apps on the phone. I reset to factory when I set up the cell account and the only extra apps are the battery monitor and a cpu monitor. I have also disabled various apps that I have no use for. There is nothing else that isn't required by a cell phone, not even e-mail. When it is running the battery life is usually excellent, its when it is turned full off that it goes flat in a big hurry. This can't be an actual battery problem. It must have something to do with the system software and how it is working with battery calibration and perhaps voltage sensing. One thing that bothers me is that when it shuts down it runs the vibrator for a full second right at the end of the shutdown sequence. I have no clue why but it cannot be turned off except by putting it into "silent" mode, something that isn't very useful. When the vibrator runs it sucks a lot of power and by my thinking that may be momentarily dropping the battery voltage a lot which is then screwing the voltage calibration. I haven't found any apps that can control the vibrator without rooting the system and I am not anxious to do that.

          edit: Also, all data transmission is blocked via settings on the service provider as well as the phone. Data can only be transmitted via wi-fi, which is turned off at all times. So is blutooth and anything else such as location etc. Its a phone, nothing else. I have two Samsung tablets and they don't ever do this.
          Last edited by Evan; 05-02-2015, 09:26 PM.
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          • #6
            Try taking the battery out overnight and see if it dies.

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            • #7
              Yeah, I may just do that although I don't think that is the problem. This has been reported by many people on line and it is never the battery for those who have done what you suggest.
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              • #8
                Evan, just don't turn it off. If you don't want to be disturbed by it, put it in the refrigerator until breakfast.
                Paul A.
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                • #9
                  I agree with above...don't turn it off. I charge my samsung every night with it on and have no problems..shows full charge in the am..
                  FYI ..some..devices rely on their internal systems to regulate the charging process and won't charge unless they ARE turned on...they usually state that somewhere in the user manual if so.

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                  • #10
                    I was just playing around with it. For no apparent reason after turning it off and back on a few times with variable times off, it came up showing in Battery Spy that it was drawing 35% drain power per hour. Yet no apps other than normal 4 were running. Not high CPU speed either. Turned it on and off a couple of more times and suddenly the drain dropped to 4% per hour, where it should be, more or sometimes even less. Some drain depends on the strength of the cell signal but I am very close so the signal should be at minimum power. That should NOT be an issue when full off though. Not at all sure what is happening but it must be something to do with sensing battery voltage is my guess. I'm going to open it and see if there are possible bad connections.
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                    • #11
                      Might I recommend you poke at it with an IR thermonitor?

                      Maybe combined with a thin blanket if needed for extra sensativity, you should be able to easily tell if it actually is using a lot of power or not by its rise above ambient temp.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by loose nut View Post
                        This is just a post so that others that may have the same problem can fix it.

                        We lost our phones both wireless and the land line this week.
                        clipped for brevity
                        Outside callers will get a busy signal.
                        We get that problem about 3 times a year, in my case it's not our phones. First time it happened, I replaced every line from the the service box with no effect, called them up and have the lines checked, typically it takes about two minutes and the house phone will ring with a service person on saying a relay had stuck.

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                        • #13
                          That is another problem with the phones.

                          The phone infrastructure is slowly dying because there is little incentive to introduce new tech or major upgrades in the face of completion from cell phones etc. The result is more equipment failures and phone problems.
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                          • #14
                            Not quite. There is a guy renting the apartment across from mine. He is staying here for a couple of months and he works for Telus, our major land line provider. He is the supervisor of a crew that is in town and they are installing the "fibre last mile" to the outside and inside of every building in town that has land line service. It will be finished in another month and when it is I will be able to get on Internet with a maximum speed of a gigabit per second.

                            This is the next step in land line service of course and all new phones here will be digital and most probably wireless as well. Of course, this also means that how fast your internet works will be entirely dependent on your computer, not your connection. I also expect it means that you will be able to connect your existing cell phone to the land line via local blutooth or equivalent.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Evan View Post
                              Of course, this also means that how fast your internet works will be entirely dependent on your computer, not your connection.
                              I suspect how fast your Internet works will be a function of how fast the sites you connect to are.
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