This may not be the right newsgroup so forgive me. I have a house
that is about 3 years old. I know there is foil lined walls and roof
(inside). As a result the cell phone reception in this house is very
poor except for maybe one or two spots. Any way to get better
coverage inside the house for the cell phone?
Use a repeater / booster. A bit pricey but very effective:
There are cheaper units which also make an improvement, but you will need to
research various products and pricing based on your specific circumstances.
Hope this helps you,
Lot's of ways, from adding an external antenna to installing a short
range repeater. What is possible in your particular situation depends
on your phone and the frequency and technology used by your carrier.
Here's a place to start looking:
You may want to try a different brand/model phone first. I'm found
Motorola phones to have best weak signal performance. You're provider
may allow you to try different phones before you buy one.
That's if you can find a Motorola phone that works.My first (and last)
motorola was back for repair/exchange 6 times before they lost it and
replaced it with a new one. Daughter has a Razr or whatever they call
them just about a year old and the battery doen't last 7 hours on
I have been using, and satisfied with, Nokia phones for several years
before and since the Motorola. (these are GSM phones)
I've come to dislike Motorola phones as well. I recently had to change
to a Motorola Z6c "world edition" to get added GSM capability, and while
it does generally work ok, I find I like it significantly less than the
LG VX8-something-or-other it replaced.
There are repeaters sold for the purpose--they don't work very well
and don't last very long and cost a ludicrous amount of money for what
they are, but they do exist.
Google "cellular repeater" and you'll find a number of brands.
I just love when people spout opinion as fact.
I worked for a corporate cellular store. We installed one in our
office, and installed a number at our customers sites. All worked
flawlessly for at least the 7+ years I worked there, and as far as I
know, are still going strong (I haven't worked there in 5+ years, so
do the math).
To reply via e-mail, remove The Obvious from my e-mail address.
My experiences were also very favorable which is why I originally
recommended the repeater approach. Those of us who are ham radio operators
have used repeaters for decades with huge success to extend the range of
little walky-talky pocket radios.
Agreed, they work, but the price will make OP cry. We priced one for use
in a metal-skinned warehouse, and they STARTED around $700 for the
entry-level model. Has OP ever thought of just using a Real Telephone at
Do you have any experience with the passive
repeaters? It's the same basic technology
that has been used for many years to keep
radios working in tunnels, mines and any
type of structure that would tend to block
or severely attenuate wireless communication.
What is best and cheapest, I have ATT 3g and my city wont allow the
antennas needed so I often drop connection and go to non 3g at 1-2 bar
with a new phone. My city doesnt want the "eyesore" of more antennas.
Doesnt an antenna need some type of box or booster for cell phones.
How does this get hooked up and operate, a tv you plug into an
antenna, but a cell phone is being boosted so I would guess a reciever
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