iphone 4s and microcell
I have more of an annoyance than a problem.... I use an AT&T Micro-cell at home because my iphone is my only phone and my reception is poor in my house. It worked beautifully with my iphone 3G, it would automatically connect when I walked in the door and had no problem keeping signal strength. However, when I upgraded the the 4S last week i noticed it will not automatically connect. I have to turn on airplane mode for about 15 seconds, turn it off and then it will connect. Also it seems to disconnect after a period of time, almost as if it's timed out and I have to do the airplane mode trick again. I've reset the micro-cell and it didn't seem to make a difference. I just wondered if anyone else has noticed this problem?
Forgive me if this is repeated, looked a few pages back and didn't see anything regarding this.
- 10-31-2011, 09:31 AM #2
- 10-31-2011, 10:06 AM #3
Keep in mind the 4S (and the verizon model iPhone 4) use the qualcomm baseband instead of infineon. I am guessing AT&T needs to tweak somethings on their microcell. When you called AT&T and asked for support, what did they tell you?
You DID call them right?????????????????
- 10-31-2011, 10:11 AM #4
- 10-31-2011, 12:33 PM #6
i believe there used to be two different ways to sign up. You got a reduced price on the microcell if you signed up for the unlimited calling feature, which you would have a monthly fee. I however did not do this because my minutes are fine, I just needed added signal strength. If you don't sign up for it the microcell costs more but there isn't a monthly fee. According to at&t's website under the FAQ you still have the choice to sign up for the service or not. The following is from the site:
Do I need to subscribe to an AT&T Unlimited MicroCell Calling feature?
No. While highly recommended for maximum benefit, a subscription to AT&T Unlimited MicroCell Calling is not required. Your normal wireless from AT&T minute plan rates will apply.
- 10-31-2011, 12:56 PM #8
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- 10-31-2011, 01:45 PM #11
My 4S is working fine with a Microcell. It won't switch TO the Microcell during a call originated elsewhere- but it's not supposed to be able to do that; it can only go _from_ Microcell to antenna.
I got mine for free. They cost ~$200. I said I had very poor service at my home. After asking to speak to a supervisor, and insisting that my neighbor had gotten one for free (which he did, at a store) they ran some tests on my phone, making it switch antennas, making test calls, etc. It was determined that I had very weak signal strength and they arranged for me to pick up a Microcell locally, free of charge. I think it took 1.5-2 hours of polite persistance on my part to convince them I needed it and they should not charge me. Just keep going up the chain of command till you get someone who with help.
As a sidenote, i think its awesome they gave you one. I think everyone should give that a try. I honestly have no idea why I was chosen to receive one for free. I had been considering one but never even reached out to inquire about it yet when I received the letter in the mail.
- 10-31-2011, 02:31 PM #13
I just got the Microcell free from AT&T last week. Coverage is pretty good here but I have been dropping calls inside my home and figured I'd try and score one for free. During the setup process it said that 2G phones are not compatible. Soon after, I noticed my 4s displayed 5 bars and M Cell at the top. Placed a few calls and texts and its fine. Awesome voice quality. However, calls take long to go through and sometimes texts fail to send. I definitely agree that AT&T needs to tweak the MicroCell for the 4s.
- 10-31-2011, 02:40 PM #14
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- 10-31-2011, 07:15 PM #16