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Unread 10-26-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
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Cell Phone Signal Repeater

I don't get a good cell signal in the house, and its not just my phone its every ones phones. Has any body had luck using a repeater? If I can get the cells to work in the house I can ditch the house phone.

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Unread 10-26-2009, 09:33 PM   #2
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Not sure, but I would say don't ditch the land line b/c it has it's own power, b/c you never know if the power goes out and takes the cell towers with it b/c you'd be stuck without a phone. I just never understood why someone would want to get rid of their land line in the event their cell phone didn't work during a power outage

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Unread 10-26-2009, 10:59 PM   #3
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I was paying $60/month to have telemarketers call my house. Bye bye landline.
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Unread 10-26-2009, 11:23 PM   #4
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Dump the landline and get VOIP. I have had Vonage for about 5 years and I prefer it over cells at home. I have only the Basic plan, not Unlimited. Even with numerous incoming and outgoing calls I never come close to using up 500 minutes per month because many calls both incoming and outgoing are free of charge. I have 2 lines (1 required for my consulting business, the other for business backup and personal). So far this month I have used only 75 minutes of In-Plan minutes across both lines. Yes, I really use the phone a lot too. I spent almost one hour today just talking with my new mortgage company. Vonage gives the subscriber a lot of free minutes.
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Step 1: Get a cell phone with wifi.
Step 2: Make calls over the wifi.
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Unread 10-26-2009, 11:46 PM   #6
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Actual Cellphone Repeaters are expensive as hell and require licensing from the FCC...sooo good luck with that.
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Not sure, but I would say don't ditch the land line b/c it has it's own power, b/c you never know if the power goes out and takes the cell towers with it b/c you'd be stuck without a phone. I just never understood why someone would want to get rid of their land line in the event their cell phone didn't work during a power outage

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This.

Plus, you can use the landline power to charge flashlights and such in an outage.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 05:56 AM   #8
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I'm old school enough to never get rid of my landline. I like to have one phone nailed to the wall that doesn't have to charge so that no matter what, I know where it is and that it works

My house has problems with cell and radio in and taking cordless outside. When i added a sunroom I had to pull the siding and I found out that the PO had done a house wrap with foil coated paper. Whan I pulled it off to clean up the wall the room behind it got reception again. He had turned the house into a Farraday cage
I didn't bother pulling the siding and removing the rest but at least I know now.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 08:00 AM   #9
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Actual Cellphone Repeaters are expensive as hell and require licensing from the FCC...sooo good luck with that.

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I went for awhile without a landline, now I have vonage mainly because it allows me to call japan for free
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Unread 10-27-2009, 08:07 AM   #11
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Get a phone that supports UMA and check if your provider has it. Then you can use your local minutes over WiFi in your own place when you don't have cellular signal.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 10:30 AM   #12
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You don't need a license for a signal booster... they meet FCC requirements

I actually have purchased a repeater kit from unwiredsignal.com it only cost me like $675 with shipping... I also had a 30 day money back guarantee.

I had a good signal outside 3-4 bars but in my home I had no bars. (having a metal roof didn't help me any.) After receiving the kit and setting it up, when I turned it on I now have full bars through out my home. It works for my air card and our cell phones!

The kit I purchased is the Wilson DB Pro 841262 Booster- Repeater Kit its dual band so it works for all providers except nextel. I also got rid of my land line so the kit will eventually pay for itself.

BTW I tried the zBoost, I had to be 4-5 ft from the inside device for it to actually work... You get what you pay for. In this case I got my money back.

Best advice I could give you, check it out, do your research, look for good customer service and make sure there is a money back guarantee just in case because there are companies out there that will just sell you something to make a sale and afterwards you cant even get in touch with a real person to ask questions.

Also, check review and testimonials... that is something I didn't do the first time around.

Hope this helped
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