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Cell phone boosters - any experiances with them ?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by scooper, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    Title says it all - I live in a forest, in the proverbial Faraday cage of a house. Cell phone service in the house is essentially zip. WiFi coverage outside the house is dead by 120 feet (the end of my driveway). I've been trying to decide if one of these would help ...

    This is the specific model I'm interested in -
  2. docj

    docj New Member

    Oct 21, 2013
    The device you noted won't work in the 700 MHz 4G band if that matters to you.

    Most of us RVers use the 4G version of the Wilson Sleek. You can leave your phone in the cradle and use a Bluetooth headset to talk through it. The Sleek is capable of >20 dB gain and typically provides 15-20 dB improvement.
  3. gov

    gov Legend

    Jan 11, 2013
    I have a cousin in a very isolated area with no cell service indoors or out. He got the (sorry don't recall the name) service that makes his house a very small cell and (IIRC) VOIPs his cell calls over the internet.

    Unfortunately, it is not compatible with his Hughes satellite internet, HOWEVER, text messages work just fine, and it's only voices that don't work over the Hughes connection. He still gets the caller ID info on incoming calls, and then just landlines them back.

    He can't get DSL at his location, and the only internet option is Hughes. He is satisfied with this arrangement, before, he had to drive 1/2 mile to get to a hilltop where the cell worked.

    Not saying this is the answer for the OP, but anyone else looking over the thread might consider if this system would be 'good enough' if they are in an isolated (but STUNNINGLY beautiful) valley far from civilization.

    Back in NTSC days, he had 3 VHF channels, when the nation went digital, he lost all OTA. He was pretty happy to get DirecTV.
  4. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    I do have Centurylink DSL and (currnetly) Timewarner Cable Internet, and my current landline is a Voip ATA from Callcentric.

    4G service is not currently a concern, but there was a link about addressing that with the booster I referenced. Our cell service is AT&T Go phones right now, but we have used Virgin Mobile in the past. (Sprint PCS service deosn't work any better here either).

    I am SPECIFICALLY looking for a home cell phone booster comments.
  5. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I have tried some of the Wilson products with good results.
    But remember it needs to first get the cell signal to bring it into your home.

    So the most important thing is you need an outside antenna of good size and pretty high. Then cabling to get it to the repeater/booster in the house.
  6. Supramom2000

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

    Jun 20, 2007
    Colbert, WA
    Sounds exactly like my house! Although I used to get a great Verizon signal in my house when we first moved in 9 years ago. But as phones get slimmer and smaller and smarter, the radio signal gets worse and worse. Now I get no phone signal in the house at all. Hubby's phone, which is not a smart phone, does much better. He can actually talk to people on his phone in our house!
  7. GravelChan

    GravelChan Legend

    Jan 30, 2005
    I don't know about other carriers but I use a product from Verizon (basically a mini cell tower) that connects to the internet and transmits a signal in your home. Used with a Verizon phone, works good anywhere in the house. In other words if someone else with a Verizon phone is in your house he can use it also. I got it for $100, I think they get $200 for it now but no monthly charge other than your regular cell phone monthly charge. If there is a usable signal outside the house it will automatically transfer to it when you walk outside. Assuming it can fine a signal before losing the signal from the house.

    I forgot to add, it needs to be near a window as it won't work until it finds a GPS signal.
  8. Phil T

    Phil T DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    I have an AT&T microcell. It costs $200.00 but if your area has bad service you may get it for free. I went to my local AT&T store and asked for the store manager. He was able to locate my house on a map and could verify poor service because of the number of microcells they had installed in my area. I got it for free, but it took 2 calls to AT&T and two trips to the store before I had success.
  9. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    I have a WiEx in-home unit. It's an earlier version but worked with my Verizon service and now works with my TracFone. I have the outside antenna mounted about 40' up on a TV mast. I get 5 bars inside the house.

    They've put up at least one more tower since I've had this, so I might get better service now, but at the time, I could barely get anything inside and about 2-3 bars outside in the yard.

    I use a cell phone as a phone only, no data, no video.
  10. klang

    klang Hall Of Fame

    Oct 14, 2003
    I too have the AT&T MicroCell. Been using it for years with no problems. Like the Verizon version mentioned above it needs to be near a window to 'see' the GPS signals.
  11. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    Several years ago, I used the ATT MicroCell for our 3G iPhones. It restored our non-existant reception in the house.

    Check with ATT, they may have a surplus and you may get one for free. Ask if the GoPhones can be used with it.
  12. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    Oh, the GO phones could be used with the AT&T microcell - it's just that AT&T wants you to have a POSTPAID account to activate it.. Slight problem there for us...
  13. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    There's no monthly cost and no activation cost for the micro cell - unless it's because of the GoPhones.

    Lean on them, tell them how much better Verizon reception is. . .
  14. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    Jan 10, 2008
    There's no monthly cost and no activation cost for the micro cell - unless it's because of the GoPhones.

    Lean on them, tell them how much better Verizon reception is. . .
    I did that and now I am a T-Mobile customer.... :)

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