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Root Get better signal by Updating your Preferred Roaming List (new prl 3019)

dial *228 on your metro pcs phone let the automated options play through tell you hear download latest Roaming List for metro pcs and say download roaming list. After done you will have no signal just reboot phone to get service back.
my signals stronger now.

This ensures you have the most up to date list of towers programmed into your phone.:)


#1 blaxican25, May 23, 2011
which prl is the latest mine is 3018 from the last time I updated it.
#2 new optimus, May 23, 2011
it didnt do anything for my signal...i must be in a Sh!#y area or something..ever since i flashed the cm7 beta my signal has been shot it seems like. :( but ill never go back :)
#3 mikekelso421, May 24, 2011
so from what ive heard the prl changes bye your location.
#4 blaxican25, May 24, 2011
I called it said programming unavailable
#5 peebz, May 24, 2011
try it again..i had to try twice..worked the second time.
#6 mikekelso421, May 24, 2011
Good call blaxican, literally.
I can, without a doubt, see that my signal has been increased.
I had this weird, almost a complete dead spot to the left of my keyboard where I set my phone while working and sometimes calls would go directly to voice mail because of this.
At best, I might see one bar occasionally but after the update I now have three.
#7 jabbawest, May 24, 2011
Yes, you should periodically update your roaming list. Being a long time MetroPCS customer, I do it about once a month.
#8 ChazzMatt, May 24, 2011
As a VZW customer, I'd do this on my phones several times a year.
#9 TheAmazingDave, May 24, 2011
Would be nice if a batch program or script could be run every month. Maybe an auto dialing utility set up to run once a month could be configured to achieve this, although the voice prompts would be an issue.
#10 jabbawest, May 24, 2011
Blax your the greatest
#11 peebz, May 24, 2011
You can ignore the voice prompts and use keypad only -- if you know the keypad choices.

"press 5" for roaming list.


Just wait until the female voice gets past the "continue in Espanol" part of the script, and then hit the number 5 on the keypad. It will update your roaming list!

So you could make a little program/script where it would dial *228, wait 20 seconds (I just timed it), then hit "5".
#12 ChazzMatt, May 24, 2011
The PRL has updated automatically on our (my wife and I) phones since we got them. Maybe in some areas it doesn't push out automatically?
#13 Darnell0216, May 24, 2011
i wonder how often metro updates the roaming lists?
#14 blaxican25, May 25, 2011
the internet and data are now super slow
#15 primluis, May 25, 2011
Weird it helped others.
#16 blaxican25, May 25, 2011
my speeds went from 0.12 mb to 0.03 and hightest .06 is there a way to go back
#17 primluis, May 26, 2011
well yesterday i re did the update through LGNPST, and my prl was back to 3017 and was previous at 3018.
#18 blaxican25, May 26, 2011
I tested it with 3017 but didn't save those results.
This is what I'm getting on 3018 since the upgrade on 5/24.

#19 jabbawest, May 26, 2011
this really worked my internet is much faster almost instant sometimes thanks 4 the tip:)
#20 garrytipler, May 27, 2011
Glad i could help:D
#21 blaxican25, May 27, 2011
ok is back to normal i guess it just needs time 0.12 mb and up is 0.13 or 130 kbps how ever u want to put it
#22 primluis, May 27, 2011
thats good.
#23 blaxican25, May 30, 2011
Ok, so I did your signal trick, *228 on my Gingerbreak rooted optimus m 2.2.1. The phone programed and restarted it's self and is now stuck on the android logo screen just flashing. Is my phone bricked? I have been using super manager and changed my theme and got rid of that metro intro when the phone turns on.

Please can someone help me please, I really hope this can be resolved. Still can't believe a tower update would do this....
#24 Seanicy, Jun 1, 2011
pull the battery and put back in
#25 blaxican25, Jun 1, 2011