Poor Cellular Coverage

 

I live in a rural area where cellular coverage is a joke. I've tried Att, T-mobile and Sprint with Verizon providing the best signal. At best, it's only a 1 to 1 /12 bar 1X signal. The rest of the world is gearing up for 5G and I'm still waiting for 3G.

I've tried all the tricks from wearing a tin foil hat to hopping up and down on one leg while facing mecca but nothing helps. I know it's all about cellular carrier profit but it's still frustrating.

I've been thinking about getting a cellular booster antenna such as this one: https://www.amazon.com/HiBoost-Extender-Cellular-Compatible-...

It's a lot to spend and there is no guarantee it will help. I suppose I could order it through Amazon and return it if it doesn't work.

Has anyone here used one and if so, with what result?

Signal Booster

I have used a signal booster by Wilson for years and my daughter does too. Mine works with att but not verizon.They do work but you need to find which direction your signal is coming from. There has to be a signal in order to boost it. Mine works with several phones at a time. The outside antenna needs to be above the roof of your home. Remember trees block signals also buildings and other objects. Also att has an app i forget the name but you can report where you live and how bad it is. There is another app that shows signal strength of a tower when you get near but it also works with att.

in the house or mobile?

Are you thinking of a signal booster for the house or in the car?

try open signal

You can use the app Open Signal to find the direction of the cell tower serving you.

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I have heard of VZN giving,

I have heard of VZN giving, as in free, booster systems for people in fringe areas. You may want to check with them first b4 purchasing. That one says it is compatible with VZN, just be sure it is if you have to buy it.

Poor Cellular Coverage

I helped a friend of mine set one of these up about a year or so ago. His apartment is basically a Faraday cage!

https://www.verizon.com/products/samsung-4g-lte-network-exte...

Bdhsfz6, have you tried wifi calling/texting?

Yes

Unfortunately, my internet service is just about as bad as my cellular coverage. I do use WiFi calling but it isn't reliable.

I was actually thinking of getting an unlimited cellular data plan to replace my current internet carrier. That is one reason for wanting to install the cell signal booster.

I Use..

Box Car wrote:

You can use the app Open Signal to find the direction of the cell tower serving you.

When I was an engineer for Verizon, I designed the fiber optic cable system that serves the tower in my area so I know exactly where it is.

I do use the Open Signal app occasionally to locate the closest tower when I'm on the road though.

Thanks anyway for the advice.

Home

dobs108 wrote:

Are you thinking of a signal booster for the house or in the car?

I'm looking for a home signal booster. My Verizon cell coverage is fine in most of the areas I travel.

Satellite

Just a thought of a roundabout way of getting good mobile phone service is to get good internet. Then use Wi-Fi calling. SpaceX is rolling out their Beta customer service now. They call it Starlink's Better Than Nothing Beta. I have watched several YouTube videos about it. Most are very pleased with it. It is designed for folks like you without access to good internet. Because the satellites are so low. The latency is low. So that would make Wi-Fi calling workable.

Poor Cellular Coverage

Cell Mapper might be worth using, too, to determine where towers are located.

If you want an unlimited cell plan, the AT&T unlimited plan at $20 per month is pretty sweet.

https://www.cellmapper.net/map?MCC=310&MNC=410&type=LTE&lati...

Satellite Internet

billybovine wrote:

Just a thought of a roundabout way of getting good mobile phone service is to get good internet. Then use Wi-Fi calling. SpaceX is rolling out their Beta customer service now. They call it Starlink's Better Than Nothing Beta. I have watched several YouTube videos about it. Most are very pleased with it. It is designed for folks like you without access to good internet. Because the satellites are so low. The latency is low. So that would make Wi-Fi calling workable.

Is an option I've been considering. HughesNet is the only one currently available here and it's way too expensive. If you stream video, you quickly reach the monthly gigabit max and then get gouged for the overage.

It will be interesting to see how competitive Starlink turns out to be.

SpaceX starlink

Starlink

May also provide an alternative to GPS. With modifications, it could be unjammable and up to 100 times more accurate. It could eventually replace GPS as we know it today.

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14184788/s...

I don't see this happening anytime soon so no need to wait before buying your next Garmin.

I have a brother-in-law that lives in a valley

His cellphone reception was terrible. He installed an in-home booster a couple of years ago and he now has good reception. The only problem is that it only works with the carrier that you have. My phone still will not pick up any reception while I am at his house. A metal roof will also kill reception. I went to the Air Force Museum a few years ago in Dayton, OH. I had no reception whatsoever. I started talking to a guy that I met and was talking about the poor reception. He stated that he put a metal roof on his house a few months prior and his reception went from good to none. The AF Museum installed Wi-Fi, and the last time I was there, I had cell phone coverage wherever I went throughout the building.

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I have

dobs108 wrote:

Are you thinking of a signal booster for the house or in the car?

A friend who runs a business, and these are in the vehicles:

https://www.peplink.com/products/transit-series-max-transit/

I also have a friend who installed an AT&T device, where it uses the internet and ATT phones linked to it automatically use this connection....

Micro-cell

See if your cell service provider offers micro-cells. It is a small cell that you set up in your home. Runs off your internet service. I almost did it many years ago, but then my town finally allowed real cell towers and I then had cell service.

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WiFi at Home

You should be able to use wifi calling at home. I make sure to turn off cell service on my phone when at home and use only wifi calling.

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I have a Wilson cel booster in the car, and put an in-home unit at my sister's house. It makes an amazing difference for signal strength.

Be sure to get a 4G unit, as it has more frequencies for your phone to fall back on.

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bdhsfz6 wrote:

Unfortunately, my internet service is just about as bad as my cellular coverage. I do use WiFi calling but it isn't reliable.

I was actually thinking of getting an unlimited cellular data plan to replace my current internet carrier. That is one reason for wanting to install the cell signal booster.

Unlimited cellular is not unlimited. After some level, the carrier will throttle speeds down to some glacial rate. Check the details.

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GPSMAP64s, iPhone 12, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS.

I don't think you would be

I don't think you would be happy with cellular internet unless your use is very light. Signal boosters only help in limited circumstances.

Thanks...

Your posting is very helpful.

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even in the metal box

maddog67 wrote:

He stated that he put a metal roof on his house a few months prior and his reception went from good to none.

A couple of decades ago the factory where I worked had an extensive system of cell phone signal repeaters of some kind installed which enabled good reception practically everywhere in the building. I was especially astonished to watch someone with whom I was sharing an elevator ride chat on his cell phone throughout the ride clearly expecting that his cell phone would work inside the metal box. And it did!

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