Casey Bralla on 19 Sep 2015 06:05:12 -0700

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[PLUG] Off-topic: Cell Phone Call Quality

I'm finally reaching the limit of my cell phone tolerance. The voice call 
quality of my cell phone is terrible, and almost unusable. 

I suffer from frequent tenth-second drop-outs which make it very hard to 
understand what is being said. I don't know if its my phone, my carrier, or my 
location. I was hoping I could get some good advice from this techo-group.

I know it is not the other caller, because I even have the problem listening 
to my voicemail menu.

I've got a Samsung Galaxy S3, which appears to be a good quality phone.

I'm using Net-10, one of the pre-paid carriers. Their prices are pretty good.

My location is in NJ east of Philly, and PA, just north of Newark. Both 
locations seem to be equally bad.

So how can I isolate the cause of my crappy voice calls?

Is my carrier?
Is it my phone?

If I switch carriers will my quality improve?

I'm a 58-year-old guy, and not looking for gobs of data, but I can't see 
spending $75 per month for a bloody phone.

Any suggestions?

Casey Bralla

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