02-03-2013, 04:13 AM #126
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- 02-03-2013, 04:33 AM #127
It took couple days to get back to normal battery life for me after the Portico update. Samething when I first got the phone, battery life improved after a week.
- 02-03-2013, 07:24 AM #128
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A couple of discharge-charge cycles will make the battery as robust as it was before the update. I think Portico update resets many settings like brightness, proximity sensor and radios. The only thing we can't change is brightness at the moment, so if you find your phone too bright generally, switch off autobrightness and keep it to low as well, helps further the battery life.
- 02-03-2013, 07:39 AM #129
Just noticed something missing in Portico. I was about to change my speed to 2G (it isn't visible in settings even though I'm on T-Mo, that's what you get for buying your phone locked from Phones4U, it's using EE firmware), and was about to do the Field Test (##3282#) and... nothing happened. So, with 3G/4G being the only options on my phone (and I can't even use 4G because I'm not on EE), and Field Test not working, how can I lock my phone to 2G signal using the firmware I am (I point blank refuse to load different firmware, unless it's firmware from an update pushed to my phone).
BingGoogle brought up the answer. Use ##3282 then hit call (instead of ##3282#)
Field Test mode on Portico?
- 02-03-2013, 07:51 AM #130
With that field test, what I've done in past is add that number as "2G Toggle" on my phonebook. Pin a small tile that says 2G toggle on my start screen, so I just tap, call, settings, change 2G.
- 02-03-2013, 08:15 AM #131
- 02-03-2013, 10:34 AM #132
Is the toggle ENS switch - I'm sure EE must be using ENS across the Orange T-Mobile networks - was this enabled pre portico and then disabled afterwards ? I never checked mine before portico to know.
Do a ##3382 and have a look if yours is disabled. (Pre portico is ##3282#) then hit the dots at the bottom right and then settings.
Be interesting to see if they disabled ENS by accident on the update to portico explaining our signal issues (phone will sit on the home network sim signal rather than going for the strongest signal).
- 02-03-2013, 11:49 AM #134
Yeah after portico it's that, before its the other code.
If EE are using ENS on the Orange / T-Mobile networks then yeah it will help otherwise your phone will sit on its home network (Whoever supplied the sim - orange or t-mobile) and will only switch when there is no coverage as opposed to when it finds a stronger or better signal.
If they're not using ENS then this is all mute.
If people still have the firmware before portico and can tell us whether this toggle was on or off that would help us a bit as well.
What with Orange and T-Mobile decommissioning masts where they have too many it's important that our phones can use the ones that are available properly.
Even though they've renamed the networks to one common name (EE) the phones still see them as different networks with different MNCs (mobile network codes)
- 02-03-2013, 11:55 AM #135
Oh and incase anyone wanted to know 4GEE (EE) SIM cards are actually T-Mobile SIM cards with a few extra settings on them to allow access to the LTE network which is built on T-Mobiles MNC.
All of EE (the 4g network operator) is basically built on the T-Mobile systems and sims just rebranded as EE.
T-Mobile had much newer systems than Orange so that's why they did it that way.
So to recap :
Orange sim : home network Orange EE masts and MNC
T-Mobile sim : home network T-Mobile EE masts and MNC
EE sim : home network T-Mobile EE masts and MNC with LTE access enabled
- 02-03-2013, 12:16 PM #136
EE-Orange : 234-33/34
EE-T-Mobile : 234-30/31/32
Are the MCC-MNC for each networks masts.
You can check which network you're attached to under the GSM/WCDMA/LTE headings on the field test menu depending on what type of network the phone is currently connected to.
- 02-03-2013, 12:51 PM #137
- 02-03-2013, 12:55 PM #138
That is correct - you are currently connected to a T-Mobile 3G mast.
Did you toggle ENS ?
However this doesn't tell us anything as even with ENS on or off you could just be in an area with only a T-Mobile 3G mast so ENS would be mute in this instance as the phone would then forcibly roam onto another network.
02-04-2013, 11:46 AM #141
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Today is my first day with ENS on and it has made a difference, in my case at least. I am on Virgin (no 4G then) and I have one of the P4U "sim free" jobbies, hence EE firmware.
My battery drain has dropped from 4.5%-5% per hour to sub 3% and almost nothing last night at home (very poor reception) where it usually drained 2%-3% per hour before.
It seems the firmware settings are optimised for the EE network (duh), I would be very interested to find out what this setting is for the unlocked devices (e.g.from Clove) as they haven't had Portico yet from what I understand.
- 02-04-2013, 11:49 AM #142
To be honest I don't even know if EE are using ENS on their Orange/T-Mobile GSM Masts - I can say I've toggled ENS on and I can't notice any loss of signal due to it being on. Then again I'm not a 4G customer, I'm Orange 3G.
I will say that like the above poster, my batter life seems comparatively better with ENS set to on but I will wait this one out and get back to everyone when I know what's what.
Out of interest did you turn ENS on then back out of the field test menu and then reboot the phone before seeing if it would go to 4G ? Field Test has a knack of knocking the phone into GSM mode for some reason.
- 02-04-2013, 11:59 AM #144
- 02-04-2013, 01:55 PM #146
- 02-04-2013, 02:00 PM #147
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