My wife and I each have a droid, and we love the phones, except we are noticing some really poor call quailty with
poor signal strength and some serious echoing going on.
I tried the *228 option 2 trick and it makes no difference.
I don't get decent signal strength any place indoors, in my wood framed house it's really bad, but if I step out on the front porch I get full bars. I have also noticed if I lay the phone down I get 3 or 4 bars then as soon as I pick it up they disappear and the call quality is really bad,
I do not have the privacy or the hearing aid stuff enabled. It has to be the phone because i know other verizon users and they don't have these quality or echo issues.
I had nokia phones on AT&T and the were significantly better in the call quality area than two droids we have.
I am wondering if the first batch of 250,000 phones they made are riddled with hardware issues that are causing all these problems.
Where I live, Verizon has much better coverage than ATT and I switched from ATT years ago. My droid had similar issues as yours. With my droid I was getting bad reception in places I never had a problem before with my 3 YO flip phone. And in places where I used to have choppy signal, the droid just gave up and killed calls. After a couple of days and several *228's, the reception got better although it would still kill calls. I would say 75% improvement. I am having issues with my camera too & I don't like the email or the physical keyboard.
It's a phone! If I wanted a PDA... well, I take my laptop everywhere anyway. For the Porsche Cayman of the phone industry, I don't think the Droid technology is stable enough yet. So...since for me it was supposed to be a phone first and I couldn't trust it to be a phone for me, I returned it yesterday. I have hope for the future of smart phones. But these new machines are PDA's with a phone feature thrown in as an accessory. I need a phone first and then the fun stuff. It wasn't worth the extra $40/month plus the $250 for the phone and accessories. I'm waiting for a better droid.
I focused on the camera issues (pun intended). I never asked about the restocking fee, didn't want to bring it up. Quite frankly, I thought that if they wanted to charge me for restocking, it wouldn't be unfair since I have been playing with it for a week. But I just checked my receipt and I did not have to pay for restocking.
I am on my second droid right now, both have been having bad signal quality/reception issues. I had 'Storm I' before and never had these issues. I am about to go back to the store and request the change to a third one or get something else.