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robert triplett

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11-05-2013 03:25 AM

I am moving to a great new place near Coquille, OR. BIG shop and nice house. BUT, virtually no cell phone service. Just outside the coverage of US Celullar. Does anyone have any experience in how to boost the signal that is almost there? My wife got a faint, brief signal on a Motorla phone.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!


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Boxguy

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 03:44 AM

We were in a similar fringe area. Ask around. Neighbors may get reception from other networks or brands of phones. When someone visits or delivers stuff ask them if their cell phone works at your new place. I found this worked better than on-line searches which were often wishful thinking rather than factual coverage.

My guess is that on the right phone and right network you will get service.

-- Big Al in IN

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ColonelTravis

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 04:07 AM

Boxguy is right about not relying on the maps. We live outside Dallas and have Sprint, which is supposed to cover all of DFW in 4G. It doesn’t. Really ticks me off. Maybe in 10 years Sprint will have a network comparable to AT&T or Verizon. Until then, stay away from that carrier. Unlimited data – big deal if you can’t even use it. I can’t recommend Sprint to anyone.

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 04:08 AM

Thanks Al,but I want to know NOW!! I need to get a new phone so that may be an issue of which one. there are few neighbors and we are 9 miles away from a small town. The young realtors said our carrier was the best in the area. Not much delivery of stuff. I am hoping some one has experience with signal boosters. By the way,i am retiring in June and then moving myself and my tools, but my wife is retiring next week and moving to the new house before winter hits. NO SNOW at the new place!! She is so tired of it after 20 years. She moved with me when I got a job teaching here.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 04:42 AM

You might check out some of these ideas.
http://www.wikihow.com/Improve-Cell-Phone-Reception

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 06:25 AM

Try Verizon. they seem do be about the best in the NW. Seem to work where others don’t.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Grandpa

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 07:41 PM

I was on a roof a couple of weeks ago. There was a gray box attached to the peak with a small antenna on it. The home owner said it was a booster for his cell phone. He said it worked very well. He got it off the internet… Amazon I think he said. Cost him about $400 4 or 5 years ago. I talked to a friend close to home that said he installed some kind of booster and it didn’t help. Depends on where you are and the surrounding terrain.

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 08:07 PM

Thanks for the benefit of your ideas and experience. I really like being able to use my cell phone for communication and data. I may try to switch carriers or try a booster. Our US Cellular rep said he is not supposed to discuss boosters.
Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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7Footer

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 08:13 PM

Agree with Topamax. The company I work for does quite a bit of work in the Coquille area, aerial forestry work so we are out in the hills a lot, Verizon has always had the best coverage, and we had switched back and forth between several different providers.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 08:16 PM

Ill vouch for the Verizon signal booster. Got one in my house. If you call them directly you can get them for about $200 clams.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 11-05-2013 08:16 PM

And I don’t know anymore, but several years ago when I had a flip phone I use to buy those little $10 antennae boosters, I really thought they helped out with my signal, but again it was 6 or 7 years ago, before 4G and all all of that so it might have helped more when your phone is on analog, but at are cheap and maybe worth a try.

They look like this:

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -

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#11 posted 11-05-2013 08:51 PM

Might not be your answer, but some helpful info at minimum.
http://www.criterioncellular.com/tutorials/homeofficeantennas.html

-- Just a man and his opinion.

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#12 posted 11-05-2013 08:55 PM

I recall seeing a device you could put in your house and connect to your high speed Internet connection. Your cell phone connected to the device and the call went to your carrier’s location via Internet. Of course, if you don’t have cell service you might not have high speed Internet either.

Good luck.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 11-05-2013 09:24 PM

I just remembered back when cell phones first came out, we had little curly que antennas we put on cars some times. there was not connections to anything. They just concentrated the signal in the area for the phone to grab. I worked on other radio communications that were marginal because of lack of line of sight.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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sixstring

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#14 posted 11-05-2013 09:25 PM

I use my wi-fi home internet connection when making calls/texts at home. Doesnt use your minutes and to heck with the local reception. My neighborhood can be a bit spotty so using wi-fi makes it a non issue.

Of course, it means having a phone capeable of wi fi calling which I think all smartphones do by now. And it means having wi fi service at the house which may or may not be an additional expense. I have it and it replaced my land line phone bill and tv/cable bill. All i have and need at home is wi fi.

Hope that helps.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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robert triplett

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#15 posted 11-06-2013 12:45 AM

Thanks again for some good information. I will check out verizon. We had them about 10 years ago and switched due to poor coverage, but times have apparently changed.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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