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Questions tagged [cellular-radio]

Use this tag for questions related to the cellular radio communication in a device (not necessarily the firmware)

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Modem,Radio,Baseband. Carrier tuned? Firmware - Samsung

I live in Australia and I know there's carrier firmware for Samsung phones Optus, Telstra, Vodaphone, and just XSA for Australia I would like to know if Optus, Telstra, Vodaphone specifically tune ...
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How to extract KC Key / IK / CK via AT Commands - RIL

I have been trying to extract KC Key / IK and CK by passing various AT commands to the modem in Android. I am using a MTK chipset with a 4G GSM SIM Card. I am able to access the modem at /dev/radio/...
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Which component of the Android protocol stack performs cellular encryption?

I understand that the SIM Card plays a significant role in generating keys for the encryption and decryption of cellular traffic, but are these keys passed to the Android architecture so that it can ...
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Can the cellular feature be turned off on Wear OS watches?

Few advantages to turning off the cell on a smartwatch: Lower radiation. Lower battery usage. * Also, It isn't needed if connected to the phone. Any idea if the cell feature can be turned off on ...
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How to enable the radio transmitter on yureka

So just a couple of hours ago, I unlocked the device's boot loader and after boot up, I noticed a strange app in the app drawer which was called radio transmitter. I excitedly opened the app. But, the ...
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Moto G4(XT1625)Funny behavior with sim card inserted

I have a Motorola Moto G4(XT1625, Amazon Prime Edition) on US Cellular. Data doesn't work(sim status screen shows connecting or disconnected but never connects), the signal fluctuates somewhat, and ...
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Unfortunately radio has stopped

Suddenly the built in radio application cannot be started anymore. I do not know if I changed something, but I couldn't find how to fix it. What is the possible cause? PS: I did a soft reset, and I ...
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Can I really tell where the tower is that I'm connected to?

I've been having some difficulty keeping a reliable connection at my house, so I installed the OpenSignal app to see what might be going on. According to its map, I live in a "hole" between several ...
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Can an android phone be converted to SDR using its radio hardware interfaces?

I have recently been reading about SDRs and based on what I have understood so far SDR consists of a radio hardware capable of transmitting and/or receiving radio signals within a given radio spectrum ...
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Accidentally set radio to USA band

Accidentally set radio to USA band I was playing around with ##4636## and accidentally set the radio band to USA Band. Now there's no way of changing it back so now I can't even connect to a network, ...
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In Google Voice, do all SMS messages have to be transmitted via a data connection?

If someone is using Google Voice, do they need a data connection (cellular or WiFi) to be on in order to send/receive any SMS messages? This seems to be a big limitation, as keeping data on all the ...
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Cellular radio dead? No carrier signal, “No service”, no mobile networks

I own a Motorola Moto G 4G (XT1040). Original stock ROM, Android 5.1, unlocked bootloader, custom TeamWin recovery, rooted. I only install apps from Google Play, F-Droid or trusted sources. Last ...
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Why can't my phone connect to cell network data?

I have a Nexus 6P running CyanogenMod 13.0-20160819-SNAPSHOT-ZNH5YAO0IN-angler based on Android 6.0.1. I used to be running a CM nightly build and my cell carrier is Ting. Here's what happened: I was ...
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Marshmallow: Changing and connecting to an APN

Okay, before anyone can downvote this or anything silly, I need to clarify a few things: This is for Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) I'm using a FlashFire-Rooted Cherry Mobile One (technically called ...
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Is it possible to completely disable radio signal in a phone without a SIM card?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, powered by CyanogenMod 13 (Android Marshmallow 6.0.1), which I use as Wi-Fi only, being it without SIM card. The device antenna, though, seems to be constantly ...
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Nexus 6 on T-Mobile loses ability to send texts. Factory reset does not fix

What is wrong with my mom's nexus 6. She was running stock Google Nexus software and kept encountering a problem where her texts would not send. I think I fixed it once by deleting the cache of some ...
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Can I flash a separate radio image and have a working radio?

I have a rooted LGE Nexus 4. Installed on it are the Team Win Recovery Project and CyanogenMod 13 (Android 6). I found this guide to installing stock Android 6 onto a Nexus 4, and it provides pre-...
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Find out available mobile network bands in my area and disable scanning for unused bands

I have an HTC 626g+ which was supposed to be released in India, but I'm using it in Russia, which probably has different cellular frequencies available. I've read on certain forums that smartphones ...
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How does SIM lock work?

I'm considering buying a network-locked phone and unlocking it myself (cheaper than buying an unlocked phone). I'm wondering where Android phones store information about what networks to connect to. ...
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Display Name of Connected Cell Tower

On older Nokia phones, the name of the cell tower you were connected to was displayed, often the name of the neighborhood you were in. Is there a way to view this data now?
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Can you use cell tower triangulation without a SIM card?

Since cell phones can call 911 without a SIM card present, it is clear that they can connect to a cellular network to which they are not subscribed. Is it possible to use this knowledge to do cell ...
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How do I troubleshoot inconsistent call quality?

I have a OnePlus One phone that has worked great for a long time, but for the past few months, my call quality has been inconsistent. I am on the newest stock rom - Cyanogen12.1.1-YOG7DAS2K1, build ...
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My phone is not connecting to the cell network (No Service)

I have an Android KitKat based phone. For over a week the phone is getting poor (at times) or no reception but the WiFi and bluetooth is working. There is a cross near where the range is shown and I ...
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Droid turbo radio off when no signal happen, then can't turn radio back on

I just bought Droid Turbo (XT1225) from ebay, everything works fine except the radio, when the phone receive no signal for example in a lift, radio will turn off by itself and can't turn back on. The ...
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Will the 2015 Nexus phones (5X, 6P) work with any US cell provider? [duplicate]

I'm pretty geeky, but I haven't really followed all the tech behind LTE rollouts and wireless bands and whatnot. I barely know the difference between CDMA and GSM. I know Verizon didn't use a SIM and ...
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Having problems with carrier activation and connecting to cell network

I have a Sprint HTC One (m7wls) and recently switched over to Ting. I was using Cyanogenmod and couldn't use Ting's instructions for activating with them, so I used an RUU from HTC to get back to ...
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Why won't Android switch between wi-fi and 3G seamlessly?

I don't even know whether this is a good question. But it's annoying me and I don't get why it works so badly for me, and it's annoying me that I don't get it. Point is, when switching from one ...
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Galaxy S4 refuses to gain signal after being disconnected for a period of time

So, the scenario is this: I have a Verizon Galaxy S4 (SCH-I545, Android 5.0.1). One of my work sites is an amazingly effective dead zone. No signal whatsoever. If I enter the dead zone for a few ...
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Use cellular when connected to wifi

Is there a possibility to force an android phone to use cellular data when connected to wifi. For iOS I've found this https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/173894/can-i-connect-to-wifi-but-still-...
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Is my android when turned on constantly sending radio data to my provider? [closed]

Is my android when turned on constantly sending radio data to my provider so he can track me, or only when i am actually using the network by surfing or calling someone?
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Nexus 5 Lollipop losing cell signal when wifi connected

I believe I first noticed this when I got version 5.1, and am still getting the issue with 5.1.1. If I keep the phone with wifi off, the phone works fine. If I connect to a wifi access point, at first ...
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Turn off radio layer hardware calls to save battery when your broadband hardware is gone

With reference to my question here: IM-A870L Radio Interface Layer broke down Summary: My android phone broadband chip is dead. For some reason, its not working anymore. Now I can use the phone for ...
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How to turn off cellular radio in Lollipop/JellyBean using adb?

I've been trying to find out how to kill/turn-off cellular radio (on a rooted device) using some command on ADB. My research only found that I should either (using GUI) enable Airplane Mode, or type ...
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IM-A870L Radio Interface Layer broke down

I am having this weird problem with my Vega Iron since a couple of days. Past 2 days the battery was down and phone shut off. I put it to charging and when I came back after couple of hours, the led ...
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Cellular data not working since 5.1 Lollipop flash

Cellular data stopped working immediately after "upgrading" to 5.1-lollipop OTA (from 5.0.2) on my Nexus-4. I am seeing the exclamation point in the signal strength indicator at all times, except ...
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Can my phone act as WiFi Access Point while Disabling Celluar Radio?

Can Android act as a WiFi Access Point while the cellular radio is turned off? I tried to accomplish that using flight mode, but that won't work. While flight mode is enabled, Androids portable Wi-Fi ...
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Enable LTE on Nexus 6 with Lollipop

My new Nexus 6 isn't giving me an LTE icon in my cell service - I get the same old H that was showing on my Nexus 4 before I upgraded. I'd expect to see LTE here : I talked to my carrier, who said ...
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bootloops / random restarts on Note 2 LTE, worse with SIM inserted? analyze kernel log “last_kmsg”?

when I started using my Note 2 LTE with an LTE sim card (tested LTE long ago without problems), running CM11 nightly from approx. 1 month ago, it started to reboot randomly. But it also happened with ...
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Cell standby use about 35-50% of total battery? [duplicate]

I have Micromax canvas 2.2 a114. I am in strong network zone and use 2g internet all time and time without network is 0%. So why it is consuming more battery. I also never in weak signal.??
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How can I find out which bands my phone supports

Background: I recently bought the Padfone X, and have been attempting to get it on my network. Part of this effort has been verifying information I have found online which claims that it supports LTE ...
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What are radio_dump .bin files? Can I delete them?

Each radio_dump_xxxxxxx.bin is 37MB in size.
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Interpretting the output of dumpsys telephony.registry

So when I run the command dumpsys telephony.registry | grep -i signalstrength I get the following output: mSignalStrength=SignalStrength: 99 0 -120 -160 -120 -1 -1 25 -93 -12 300 2147483647 gsm|...
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Is it possible to force an app to use cellular data instead of WiFi? [duplicate]

Our local office provides free public WiFi for phones and tablets, but blocks access in ways that means that some applications (like WhatsApp) are unable to connect. Is there any way to configure ...
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How to disable RIL on Android?

As soon as I connect a USB modem to android device, system grabs ttyACM0 and ttyACM1 in an attempt to open connection. As a result, the ports are blocked and can not be opened by other services. How, ...
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Does 3G has to start and stop with every transmission? (energy overhead)

Does anyone know what has to happen for 3G to send some data (when 3G is on in Android settings, using Nexus 4)? Does it has to initialize somehow at the beginning or to go back to some stable mode in ...
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Can an app detect a radio signal when running in the background with the phone in standby mode?

Also, could such an app detect a specific frequency (using either the cell tower antenna or wi-fi sniffer)? I would like to use a radio transmittor to activate an app to perform a function even while ...
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Is it possible to turn off radio without turning of wifi on Lenovo k900? [duplicate]

I am currently having a look at the power consumption of a lenovo k900 phone and on the hardware side it seems Radio and Screen is using most of the power. I am planning to use wifi but not the radio....
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How to disable/remove ALL cell functionality

I have a Kyocera Event (Virgin Mobile) running stock Android 4.0.4. This is only used as a media player for about 90 minutes ONE DAY per week. I am looking for a good way to extend battery life as ...
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After activating the device encryption on my S2 running CM 10.2 nightly, my CDMA radio stopped working

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 (Sprint, codename d710), and I just installed the latest CM nightly (10.2). Everything worked until I encrypted the device. Now the radio doesn't work (network: UNKNOWN, no ...
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Determine strength of the cell antenna in an Android phone to ensure good cell reception

In some parts of the world, the cell towers are few and far between. In places like these, when someone is shopping for their next smartphone upgrade, they need to consider cell reception. Boosters ...