I’m sure all the mobile phone retailers with Xperia 10 ii stock are wondering why they are flying off the shelves. I ordered five phones (for all family members), but opened only one to try in Android mode.
I was able to purchase the XQ-AU52 model. I live in the USA and have T-Mobile. I am grieved that Sony did not make a U.S. variant of the phone to operate on all of the frequencies operating here, but I cannot change that. I am trying to determine whether this is a usable phone for us here, or whether I must try to find other 10 devices because my screen is barely usable. I thought I caught grief from friends/coworkers for using Sailfish before, but as they watch me bending my phone to get it to recognize touch inputs… Ugh.
I suspect other users are trying out their 10ii’s and I am curious if the challenges I am facing are experienced by others, or whether this is a faulty phone.
With the correct T-Mobile settings, I have been able to get LTE, but it is very weak as I travel around the metro area. I have not yet traveled to rural areas with the phone and fully expect LTE to be a challenge.
I paired a Bluetooth headset with the phone and frequently have the headset stop sending me the other person’s audio. I thought it was the LTE dropping, but it happens even when I am stationary. I then paired to my automobile and the exact same thing happens. The person with whom I am speaking reports that they could hear me perfectly well, but I no longer hear them. When I no longer hear them, I can switch to the handset or speaker and I still cannot hear them. I have to disconnect the call, then call them back.
If I am traveling, the symptom happens more frequently.
I changed the wireless settings to prefer GSM/WCDMA and the phone calls didn’t drop as frequently as I traveled, but the internet speedtest was <1Mbps. Yikes.
I have read that VoLTE won’t even work here if I call T-Mobile because that is “baked into the phone” locked to the phone’s intended area of operation - which is EU. That key piece of information, alone, is making question whether I should just return the phones that are due to arrive later this week. I mean, if Jolla does get VoLTE working, it still will not work for us U.S.-based users, right? That would spell certain doom for us as soon as T-Mobile does finally push us off of 3G.
Has anyone else experienced the calling issue where I can no longer hear the other caller? Is that just U.S.-based issue or is that happening in EU where the phone is intended to work? If no one else reports having the same issue, I may open a second one and see if the issue exists on it, as well.
Does anyone else have anything they would like tested? I just turned this phone on Sunday morning around 10:00am. I finally had to charge it today at 6:30pm at 10% battery charge remaining. I used it for calls, took some photos, video, Chromecasted video to TV, plenty of texts, some light web surfing, including 15 minutes of YouTube streaming to Bluetooth to my car as I drove home. The streaming was done with phone still preferring LTE and the stream did not drop once on the ride home from work taking the same route I used to go to work and had the calls drop. That is normal since the phone call probably reverted to 3G while the YouTube used the LTE data connection. I am impressed with the battery life.
I’ll answer what questions I can.