N95 8GB Dropped Calls

8GB Nokia N95When it comes to the weekend, there’s just no stopping my phone from ringing. As soon as office hours are done with, it becomes open season for friends and family to call me, something which was more of an occurrance this weekend than ever before I reckon.

On Friday though, I had several phone calls with each of them dropped. Breaks in signal or reception, dropped audio, or calls failing to connect.

While I can understand this happening in the office (working a large building with questionable wifi and mobile signals in spots), I couldn’t understand it happening at home or out around the garden.

It dawned on me before leaving to Canada in 2006 that I’d had a similar problem with the Sony Ericsson K800i – 3G connectivity being the cause of the problems.

In the N95’s case, it was the factory default setting of UMTS as opposed to GSM – likely with a combination of not having changed my sim card to the one issued with the N95 from O2 (on advice from O2 customer care, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it kind of thing).

To remedy this

  • Hit the menu key on the N95
  • Go to Tools > Settings > Phone > Network
  • Switch ‘Network Mode’ from UMTS to GSM

If you’re getting a UMTS / 3G sim you likely won’t have this issue / can switch it back. But if you’re like me and you’re happy to continue using the sim card you were issued YEARS ago, then this might remedy your call problems.


  1. Darragh April 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    My brick (as I lovingly refer to my N95 as) is on Vodafone, and I’ve not had any dropped calls – dropped internet yes, but the calls seem fine. Changed the setting on your advice, will let you know how it goes. Cheers for the info!!

    Also, assume you’ve read this review/guide ages ago, but just in case…


  2. Michele April 29, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Mine doesn’t have an option for UMTS. It has “Dual Mode” or “GSM”

  3. Ken McGuire April 30, 2008 at 10:04 am

    @michele You picked your phone up only recently too, right? Are you using a new SIM in the phone?

    @darragh Could be an O2 thing… could be my sim… either way, it solved my problems 🙂 You bringing “brick” back as an affectionate term for mobiles?

  4. Michele April 30, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I got the 8gb model about a week ago, but the SIM is the one I’ve had for the last few years


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