Is it possible to have the radio switch between WCDMA Preferred mode, GSM mode, and WCDMA only, for example, without the radio switching off and on again? The radio completely loses signal during the, which isn't ideal.

It seems like it must be possible theoretically, as the phone doesn't lose signal when in WCDMA preferred mode, when it downgrades to GSM because of poor signal.

If it matters, I'm using an HTC Desire Z running Cyanogen 10.1 (Android 4.2 based). This problem also occurred on all previous versions of CM that I've tried, and on stock JellyBean 4.2.

This also occurs on a Nexus 4 on JellyBean 4.2.

  • try *#*#4636#*#* and look in Phone Information submenu, scroll down....**Set preferred Network Type**
    – t0mm13b
    Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 15:07

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You are right in that it theoretically should be possible to make the switch without dropping the signal, but unfortunately we users and even CM developers can do very little to change that. The only thing the ROM does is tell the radio to switch from one mode to another, it's up to the radio's firmware to decide how to make the change. These firmwares are not something you can change, since giving the users the power to change how the radio works is just asking for trouble.

The reason why the firmwares lose the signal probably has to do with the fact that when you change the mode, you actually turn off part of the radio that handles the now unused network mode. But when the switch happens because of bad reception the radio that lost signal stays on and continues to search for a signal (so you can get 3G back after you return to civilization).


In stock android 4.0.4 it's available-wcdma only,dual mode,gsm only.But in custom ROM's as AOKP they have no wcdma only mode,even in android 4.2.2 AOKP version .It's really pathetic when you use internet in dual mode-umts/hsdpa only/hsdpa & hsupa as in AOKP android 4.2.2 version because signals tend to reroute to gsm when strength decreases instead of sticking to what is left of hsdpa/wcdma as in wcdma only mode,available in stock android 4.0.4- i am using sgs2 GT-i9100.

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    Try formatting the answer please. It will more sense then.
    – Sid
    Commented Mar 2, 2013 at 14:13

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