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I live in a rural area in a metal building. Reception inside is negligible, two steps outside the building - numerous bars. ATT is provider, 8,000 is the frequency. Borrowed several phones with identical results. Carrier recommends a Wilson external antenna - around $800 comlete. Is there a study some where ranking various brands of cell phones and their ability to receive same signal under similar circumstances? My research is very unscientific as I'm using the cell phone as a strength meter. I have found NO one aware of such a study. Any ideas?

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  • jims55 Mar 11, 2009

    My reception issue is not "spot" specific, rather through out the entire metal buiding.

  • jims55 Mar 11, 2009

    ATT does not sell or promote any booster apparatus. Radio Shack offers 2 bosters, I think one at $150 the other $250. I was trying to replace the phone eliminating the the need for an additional piece of equipment. I have a 2 year old Motorola flip, thinking newer models would have improved signal optimization. Guess what - the newest model I tried had the same signal reception, as predicted by the young teckno guru behind the counter. That's why I'm asking for comparison to other actual phones rather then the addition of an ancillary piece of equipment.

  • jims55 Mar 11, 2009

    Any brands or models you recommend? Everything I have looked at on line is listed under cell phone, would assume it to be legal. Again, I'm looking for an individual phone that may be the better receiver. Any experience in that arena?

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This should work for u, thanks for using Fixya,

http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=5&q=http://www.mobilecityonline.com/wireless/store/productdetail.asp%3Fproductid%3D23446%26refid%3Dfroogle%26utm_source%3Dfroogle%26utm_medium%3Dorganic%26utm_term%3DYX110%26utm_campaign%3Dfroogle&ei=f-S3Se2VMYKOsQOelfDnAQ&usg=AFQjCNF6_dIANVqGQBwPHag12tsKgPTagQ

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    Cameron Keller Mar 11, 2009

    u can try an iPhone or a blackberry they are smartphones and have great reception even in rural areas and best of all they dont need 3G to work they can also be 2G.

    those 2 phones should work just find where u are.

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I had the same problem with my cell sighnal out side had good sighnal but inside my house it was poor i'ld drop calls i have a zboost 500/510 and i get a solid 2 bars on my alltel every were easy to instal and cost half the amount of the yogi intena and the receiver intena is only about 1 foot lont so its not that bulky heres there web sight so you can check it out for your self i've had no probs with mine www.wi-ex.com

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Hi Cell phones are intended to insert power if they skill low-level meddling, therefore the Cell Phone Jammers must distinguish and competition the control increase from the phone. Cell phones are full-duplex strategy, which funds they use two divide frequencies, one for discussion and one for pay attention concurrently. A number of Portable Director Cell Phone Jammer mass only one of the frequencies use by cell phones, which has the result of overcrowding together. The phone is deception into idea there is no repair because it can obtain only one of the frequencies. Fewer compound devices block only one set of frequencies, while complicated jammers can wedge several kinds of networks at once to skull off dual-mode or tri-mode phones that mechanically knob among diverse network kind to discover an open sign. Several of the high-end plans block all frequencies at one time, and others can be refraining to detailed frequencies. For I phone jammers, every one you need is a tool that transmit on the right frequencies. Even though dissimilar cellular systems course signals another way, every one cell-phone networks use radio indicator that can be episodic. GSM, used in digital cellular and PCS-based method, function in the 900-MHz and 1800-MHz bands in Europe and Asia and in the 1900-MHz (sometimes referred to as 1.9-GHz) band in the United States. 

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Ouch! The price is consistent with the market, but you still might want to look around. Kewords cellphone extender or cellphone repeater will find you links like this:
http://www.mycellularsolutions.com/idenwirelessbuildamp.html

or www.cellphone-mate.com lets you pick and choose. Since your reception is fairly strong outside, you probably only need the smallest of amps.

The cellphone mate site has some technical instructions for measuring signal strength if your cell is one of their brands.

It still looks like you're not getting much change back from $750 unless you can Google a lower priced alternative.

Carl

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    Carl Navarro Mar 11, 2009

    A good link to consider:



    http://www.repeaterstore.com/

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    Carl Navarro Mar 14, 2009

    BTW, the problem with what you're asking is not as simple as "turning up the power" in the cell phone. Remember the stories, called "urban myth" about cell phones and causing cancer? It would not be a myth if you start jacking up the power on a phone and put it next to your ear :-).



    If reception is important to you in the house, I'd think $200 is easier to pay for any phone you use, than buying a specific phone.



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Hello jims55

First of all be aware of one thing, the FCC has very strict rules about complete and approved RF systems. Using an amplified isotropic radiator (antenna) may provide the needed signal boost, however it is illegal if the isotropic radiator has not been approved for use on a cell phone. What I suggest using is a passive isotropic radiator what it does is it has two parts one is the external isotropic radiator which attaches to your window with a high adhesive epoxy and the other section is inside also using the same epoxy. The inside section can attach to base station or to another isotropic radiator which in effect relays the signal to the outside radiator and vice verse. This would be the best bet since such device constitute an approved complete system as specified by the FCC.

I hope this helps,

Thank you,

Shuttle83

http://www.electron-age-technologies-llc.com

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  • Henry McKelvey
    Henry McKelvey Mar 11, 2009

    Hello jims55,



    That's the catch 22 about what you are asking. FCC law is very picky for instance, I can sell a booster kit without breaking the law, in fact no law is broken by selling such a kit. The law is only broken when you install that booster on the phone. The FCC only allows complete systems, The antenna has to be certified for the system in question, most of these kits are certified but some are not.

    Just remember that when you are using such a system that your antenna only provides 3db of gain.

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Good morning and welcome to fixya.
im not that hip on some of the new items available but i have heard of people using those reception boosters that are available at radio shack and them working out for them. you might try something like that. good luck and let me know. what does att say?

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Hi there,

check if your not on the dead spot that why your not getting any signal on your area

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Try using an amplified antenna to boost the signal.

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  • Ginko
    Ginko Mar 11, 2009

    The reception capability difference between new phones is minimal, if you have such a reception problem, using one or the other brand won't make a big difference.


    Instead there may be a big difference when using one or the other mobile phone provider, as networks from different companies have different field coverage.

    Regarding the Wilson external antenna, that is the best solution, the whole system can be purchased for less than $300 :














    Wilson Electronics 801230 Mini-Mobile
    A non amplified external antenna will cost in total about $80:
    Antenna + Cable

    You can buy antenna and cable only, and buy the signal booster afterward if needed:














    Wilson SignalBoost Amplifier

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