So this past week my Samsung SCH-R910 started exhibiting odd behavior. Voice calls would not work. But SMS and net services all worked just fine.
Finally a few hours later the phone started working again and SMS and net services too.
Then I get one of Metro's sneak voicemails saying I should bring my phone in for a firmware upgrade. It went from v2.2.1 to v2.2.2. Now knowing what firmware is, they upgraded the RF chip software.
Now the phone and SMS work but no 4G service whatsoever from the very same location.
It appears they did some upgrade to the network that crippled voice service, then rolled it back because they realized all the smart phones had to have their firmware upgraded.
Then since I had the v2.2.2 firmware applied - no 4G service because we're now on the older software load on the infrastructure.
Been round and round with support on this - they're useles.
I'm going back to the store on Monday or Tuesday and telling them either back the firmware patch on my phone off, or give me a new phone that works with ALL the services I'm paying for.
The reason this irritates me is that I use the net services on the phone far more than I use voice service.
But this is indicative of a bigger problem. The cell carriers aren't regulated like the old wired phone networks were. But I think it's time the FCC steps in and starts regulating the hell out of them so stupid stuff like this doesn't happen anymore.