Just got this phone a couple of days ago. It works great (speaker is a little tinny though); much better than two Motos and a Nokia 6010 on Cingular.
I am wondering how this phone can sound so much better (no dropouts or dropped calls or other crap on the line) than Cingular even though the signal strength indicator is showing only about half the signal that the Cingular phone had. Anyone know the answer?
Perhaps what you are seeing is because we are talking about two different technologies with these phones. In my area, GSM towers that the Nokia 6010 would use are sparse, so the CDMA Nokia 2126 has a wider usable range and "seem" to be dropping out less. Maybe your area has similar coverages by the two types.
Hmm...yes, I believe you are correct about the coverages in this (probably most, since GSM just isn't that widespread yet) area, but I still don't understand the reasons why the GSM phone signal strength meter indicates a stronger signal than the CDMA phone. Guess it doesn't really matter, the Verizon phone is much better perfoming. Haven't dropped a call yet (one week) and just tonight my wife's Cingular phone dropped yet another call....
I know it's probably irritating to hear, but you can't use those signal strength meters to compare the reception between two different models of phone, least of all two different carriers. There's no standard for what those bars mean. For example, even within verizon, I've heard that the RAZR usually has much fewer bars than the e815, but their actual reception (ability to talk without dropping out) is almost identical.