Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mobile Phone Signal Bars: What Do They Really Mean?

Posted August 30th, 2012 by & filed under Uncategorized.

In a nutshell, the consensus seems to be that the bars (properly known as the “signal quality estimate”) don’t really mean much of anything.  There is no industry standard.  Each manufacturer uses their own algorithm to determine the bars displayed. This varies not only between phone makers, but also between models, and between firmware versions of the same model….

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