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Motorola DROID 3 gets update that fixes MMS bug, improves 3G connectivity and more

Motorola DROID 3 gets update that fixes MMS bug, improves 3G connectivity and more
The Motorola DROID 3 was the last of the tank-like handsets to not offer 4G LTE connectivity. Surpassed since by the Motorola DROID 4, the device remains an underrated device with one of the best physical QWERTY keyboards to ever slide out the side of a smartphone, and a dual-core processor. Whether it was a matter of the phone showing its age, or just an unfortunate bug that afflicted the device, many Motorola DROID 3 users had found themselves unable to send or receive an MMS message and even installing a third party program from the Google Play Store failed to help. Long talks with Verizon's technical team  couldn't solve the problem. But there is a happy ending thanks to an OTA firmware update received by the handset last week was able to correct the problem and allow MMS messages to flow back and forth on the model once again.

The Motorola DROID 4 replaced the DROID 3

The Motorola DROID 4 replaced the DROID 3

Thanks to a soak test, it was known that an update was coming to the Motorola DROID 3. The system version is 5.7.906.XT862 and while you can view the changelog by visiting the sourcelink, owners of the device have told us that in addition to elimination of the MMS bug, the DROID 3 update seems to have improved 3G connectivity speeds based on the Speedtest.net app. For example, one Motorola DROID 3 owner informs us that areas where the phone was downloading data at .5Mbps are now showing speeds consistently above 1Mbps.

This might be as good as it gets for the Motorola DROID 3 as all indications are that the device will not be receiving the Android 4.0 update. If you are a Motorola DROID 3 owner and have received the latest firmware update, let us know what changes you've spotted on your phone. Simply drop your comments in the box below.

source: Verizon

The latest Motorola DROID 3 update repairs a bug that blocked the sending or receiving of MMS messages on some units

The latest Motorola DROID 3 update repairs a bug that blocked the sending or receiving of MMS messages on some units


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posted on 28 May 2012, 18:04

1. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


At least customers of one bad Motorola phone aren't being screwed entirely. Don't expect ics though.

posted on 28 May 2012, 19:05 2

2. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


The Droid 3 was/is a great phone. It's almost a year old and IS still getting support, obviously by this recent bug fix which affected some phones.

I bought a Windows 7 PC a month ago. When the new OS version (Windows 8) is released by the end of the year, I'm not going to cry, bitch and moan that Microsoft screwed me by not providing me the newest OS for free.

posted on 28 May 2012, 19:24

3. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Android is an open source mobile OS. Microsoft has no problem updating all users of WP7 to the newest update.

If it's a great phone, Motorola would update it rather than leave it in the dust.

posted on 28 May 2012, 20:32 4

4. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


How thick headed. The LTE Nexus hasn't had an update in like 5 months, does that mean it isn't good enough for one?
Like it or not Motorola chose to pull out early on this one, but it doesn't mean the Droid3 is a bad phone.

posted on 29 May 2012, 15:23 1

7. Droid4Life (unregistered)


If you would read he is talking about WINDOWS, not Windows Phone

posted on 29 May 2012, 15:22 1

6. Droid4Life (unregistered)


Every time I look at a post with the Droid 3, you are posting hater comments about it. It is a great phone and I am very pleased with it. Quit being a hater

posted on 29 May 2012, 14:01

5. metalpoet (unregistered)


I am a DROID3 owner and i had the mms issues from january til arpil with many hours spent explain to the simple minded ppl at verizon what issues my phone was going thru. I think its bs that i buy a phone days after it comes out and within 6 months verizon/motorola release a very very slightly better one! Thanks to the issues on the phone though i managed to convince big red(cell phone nazi's) to credit my account several times to the total amount of $250 over 4 months! hahahaha!

posted on 30 May 2012, 22:47

8. wiegie (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 May 2012)


Just upgraded OTA, now my phone will not connect via Bluetooth to my 2007 Infiniti G35. Unpaired and all. The phone simply does not "see" the car. Anyone else having similar issues?

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