No service in new building!! Solution?
I just moved into a new condo and get NO service in new building!! I know AT&T is supposed to get microcell soon but I called and they have no idea when. What are my options at this point? I have read a bit about google voice but I am not sure how it works. I'll have wifi up and running on tuesday. Will GV work (I'm jailbroken). Can I forward my calls to a google number and have it ring in my iPhone? Does AT&T charge money to foward calls? Help!!!
- 08-30-2009, 10:23 PM #2
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In the interim, the best solution is cellular repeater. Cell Phone Signal Boosters and Cell Phone Repeaters | Repeater Store These seem to run about $300 but that is not much compared to what one pays AT&T.
- 08-31-2009, 09:33 AM #7
- 08-31-2009, 11:09 AM #8iPhone Beginner
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I think your two options are to live with it or to buy a signal repeater. If you don't have a landline and need to use your mobile a lot while at home then a signal repeater will be your best bet.
Thanks for the advice. I think I'll possible get a signal repeater. I called ATT and Microcell does not seem ready to be released - at least the customer service rep did not lead on that it would be coming out soon. I'd hate to drop $300 just to get service, but Ill do what I ahve to do.
How does the repeater work? I get service outside - in fact, if I open my balcony door slightly (about a foot, I get decent service. But apparently the door is super thick or something and when it is shut all the way - BAM! No service - it says "seaching...". So a signal repeater has an antenna and something that goes inside? Will I have the same problem with the repeater not being able to penetrate the door?
Oh, and I did check service when I was looking at the condo and it appeared to work - but, the sliding balcony door must have been open! That, though, is not enough of a reason to not buy a place. Worst comes to worst, I head back to sprint (my wife's phone works pretty good)...
- 08-31-2009, 11:27 AM #10iPhone Beginner
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As far as I know it works in a similar fashion to a wifi repeater, you place it where you can get decent signal and it just repeats the signal (some boost it a little too) from there. You would have to place the antenna outside for the best performance. You should see if any of your neighbors also have a weaker signal and then you may be able to split the cost with them because the repeater should have decent range in all directions...
That last idea is a bit wishful but it can't hurt to try!
- 08-31-2009, 11:45 AM #11
These days, anything that has AT&T and "provision" in the same sentence seems to be a "limitation." For example, the same search turned up a quote from another AT&T executive suggesting that they will be provisioning LTE in 2-5 years compared to a year for Verizon.
AT&T is the only one of the four major US carriers that does not offer a femto-cell service but in January 2009, Endgadget said that AT&T is "close." For the "steaming pile of failure," a year is close.
One can only wonder how many of these limitations Apple was aware of when they decided, not only to partner with AT&T, but to grant them a seemingly endless exclusive.
that's a good idea. I am calling around Chicago looking for a place that might sell them. I don't really want to wait for one to arrive in the mail, because until then I am out of service!! I get very good coverage outside so this seems like a good option if I can shut the sliding door with the cable going through....
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