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July 26, 2004 12:38:30 AM

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hello all,

was wondering if their was something like an internal cell phone signal
booster. i have an apartment and get no reception inside and in the winter
time here in philly it isnt fun. i get a somewhat ok signal outside. i call
verizon and they said they didnt have anything. anyone know a fix?

--
Mike

--
Mike
Anonymous
July 26, 2004 12:38:31 AM

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"Michael" <micaaronfl@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:o o6dnc-Jdegaz5ncRVn-iQ@comcast.com...
> hello all,
>
> was wondering if their was something like an internal cell phone signal
> booster. i have an apartment and get no reception inside and in the winter
> time here in philly it isnt fun. i get a somewhat ok signal outside. i
call
> verizon and they said they didnt have anything. anyone know a fix?
>
> --
> Mike
>

Yup, check out the repeaters at http://www.cellantenna.com
Anonymous
July 26, 2004 12:48:20 AM

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On Sun, 25 Jul 2004 20:38:30 -0400, "Michael" <micaaronfl@yahoo.com>
wrote:

>hello all,
>
>was wondering if their was something like an internal cell phone signal
>booster. i have an apartment and get no reception inside and in the winter
>time here in philly it isnt fun. i get a somewhat ok signal outside. i call
>verizon and they said they didnt have anything. anyone know a fix?

If you are talking about those sticker "boosters" that you place under
the battery, don't bother. They are junk; a pure scam. You cannot
legally modify the phone to boost the output. You must use an
external antenna connected by cable to your phone, or you can look at
a more expensive, but easier to use, powered repeater. Do a Google
seach for "cell phone repeater". That should give you an idea of the
systems available. With a so-so outdoor signal, you should ignore the
passive systems. They won't do you any good.
Related resources
Anonymous
July 26, 2004 6:31:57 AM

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"Michael" <micaaronfl@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:o o6dnc-Jdegaz5ncRVn-iQ@comcast.com...
> hello all,
>
> was wondering if their was something like an internal cell phone signal
> booster. i have an apartment and get no reception inside and in the winter
> time here in philly it isnt fun. i get a somewhat ok signal outside. i
call
> verizon and they said they didnt have anything. anyone know a fix?

First, get a passive external antenna (about $50) and try it on. If it still
doesn't help you enough, get a signal booster that's about $200 - $500 a
piece and requires electrical power (and the external antenna you just
bought).
Anonymous
July 26, 2004 3:55:55 PM

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Also, http://www.wilsonelectronics.com

Scotty



"Peter Pan" <Marcs1102GSSPAMMENOT@NOSPAMHotmail.com> wrote in message
news:2mj46kFnah5uU1@uni-berlin.de...
>
> "Michael" <micaaronfl@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:o o6dnc-Jdegaz5ncRVn-iQ@comcast.com...
> > hello all,
> >
> > was wondering if their was something like an internal cell phone signal
> > booster. i have an apartment and get no reception inside and in the
winter
> > time here in philly it isnt fun. i get a somewhat ok signal outside. i
> call
> > verizon and they said they didnt have anything. anyone know a fix?
> >
> > --
> > Mike
> >
>
> Yup, check out the repeaters at http://www.cellantenna.com
>
>
July 27, 2004 9:00:08 AM

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In article <fj6Nc.16344$qT3.12647@nwrddc03.gnilink.net>,
spamcop@bnmnetworks.net says...
> Also, http://www.wilsonelectronics.com
>
> Scotty
>
>
>
> "Peter Pan" <Marcs1102GSSPAMMENOT@NOSPAMHotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:2mj46kFnah5uU1@uni-berlin.de...
> >
> > "Michael" <micaaronfl@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> > news:o o6dnc-Jdegaz5ncRVn-iQ@comcast.com...
> > > hello all,
> > >
> > > was wondering if their was something like an internal cell phone signal
> > > booster. i have an apartment and get no reception inside and in the
> winter
> > > time here in philly it isnt fun. i get a somewhat ok signal outside. i
> > call
> > > verizon and they said they didnt have anything. anyone know a fix?
> > >
> > > --
> > > Mike
> > >
> >
> > Yup, check out the repeaters at http://www.cellantenna.com
> >
> >
>
>
>
In certain parts of my apartment I get only 1 bar, switching to no
signal, switching back to 1 bar, switching to analog etc. Needless to
say, I had a lot of calls breaking up and dropping.

However, if I stood in front of the window in those same rooms and
pointed the antenna toward the window, I got enough signal (around 3
bars) and almost no breaking up.

Not wanting to practically have to hang out the window, I got a very
small 3" antenna called the magnamount from www.alternativewireless.com
along with the connector for my phone (VX 4400). They are very specific
that these antennas need to be on a metal base and so I took mine and
put in on the lid of a Ball Jar. It boosts my signal just enough
(especially if it's near the window), that I have no more problems.

Although I look a little ridiculous, I've been known to roam around my
apartment carrying this little ball jar lid and the 3", 2 oz. antenna
with me as I converse.

If you can find any kind of signal in your apartment, it might be enough
for this to grab onto it. I don't know their return policy but if you
could exchange it for something more substantial if necessary, it might
be worth a try. I'm very happy with the solution. That is, until VZ
finally puts up another cell tower!

Louise
Anonymous
July 27, 2004 9:00:09 AM

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Doesn't a ground plane need to be a bit bigger than a "ball jar lid"?
That is, to fully optimize reception.

Someone?? Half wave??


"Louise" <none@nospam.com> wrote in message news:MPG.1b6fab722a5767659896ee@news-server.nyc.rr.com...
> In article <fj6Nc.16344$qT3.12647@nwrddc03.gnilink.net>,
> spamcop@bnmnetworks.net says...
> > Also, http://www.wilsonelectronics.com
> >
> > Scotty
> >
> >
> >
> > "Peter Pan" <Marcs1102GSSPAMMENOT@NOSPAMHotmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:2mj46kFnah5uU1@uni-berlin.de...
> > >
> > > "Michael" <micaaronfl@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> > > news:o o6dnc-Jdegaz5ncRVn-iQ@comcast.com...
> > > > hello all,
> > > >
> > > > was wondering if their was something like an internal cell phone signal
> > > > booster. i have an apartment and get no reception inside and in the
> > winter
> > > > time here in philly it isnt fun. i get a somewhat ok signal outside. i
> > > call
> > > > verizon and they said they didnt have anything. anyone know a fix?
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > Mike
> > > >
> > >
> > > Yup, check out the repeaters at http://www.cellantenna.com
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> In certain parts of my apartment I get only 1 bar, switching to no
> signal, switching back to 1 bar, switching to analog etc. Needless to
> say, I had a lot of calls breaking up and dropping.
>
> However, if I stood in front of the window in those same rooms and
> pointed the antenna toward the window, I got enough signal (around 3
> bars) and almost no breaking up.
>
> Not wanting to practically have to hang out the window, I got a very
> small 3" antenna called the magnamount from www.alternativewireless.com
> along with the connector for my phone (VX 4400). They are very specific
> that these antennas need to be on a metal base and so I took mine and
> put in on the lid of a Ball Jar. It boosts my signal just enough
> (especially if it's near the window), that I have no more problems.
>
> Although I look a little ridiculous, I've been known to roam around my
> apartment carrying this little ball jar lid and the 3", 2 oz. antenna
> with me as I converse.
>
> If you can find any kind of signal in your apartment, it might be enough
> for this to grab onto it. I don't know their return policy but if you
> could exchange it for something more substantial if necessary, it might
> be worth a try. I'm very happy with the solution. That is, until VZ
> finally puts up another cell tower!
>
> Louise
Anonymous
July 27, 2004 9:00:09 AM

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On Tue, 27 Jul 2004 05:00:08 GMT, Louise <none@nospam.com> wrote:

>Although I look a little ridiculous, I've been known to roam around my
>apartment carrying this little ball jar lid and the 3", 2 oz. antenna
>with me as I converse.

You could mount that lid on a hat and wear it around.:) 
Anonymous
July 27, 2004 7:39:43 PM

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"Richard Ness" <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote in message news:xMydnfmOXe2-e5jc4p2dnA@comcast.com...
> Doesn't a ground plane need to be a bit bigger than a "ball jar lid"?
> That is, to fully optimize reception.
>
> Someone?? Half wave??
>

A Ball jar lid would be around 7 cm or so in diameter.
That's pretty close to half a PCS wavelength.
Besides, the half-wavelength criterion isn't very critical.
Even if the ground current spills onto the outside of the coax,
the antenna will still function well enough.
---JRC---
Anonymous
July 27, 2004 11:26:14 PM

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But, isn't it a safe bet he's 800meg?

Yes, I know that it will work.....
Key word in my post is "optimize"...


"John R. Copeland" <jcopelan@columbus.rr.aol.com> wrote in message news:3HuNc.1990$CH6.1751@fe2.columbus.rr.com...

"Richard Ness" <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote in message news:xMydnfmOXe2-e5jc4p2dnA@comcast.com...
> Doesn't a ground plane need to be a bit bigger than a "ball jar lid"?
> That is, to fully optimize reception.
>
> Someone?? Half wave??
>

A Ball jar lid would be around 7 cm or so in diameter.
That's pretty close to half a PCS wavelength.
Besides, the half-wavelength criterion isn't very critical.
Even if the ground current spills onto the outside of the coax,
the antenna will still function well enough.
---JRC---
Anonymous
July 28, 2004 6:28:33 AM

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It looks like Louise posted from New York City,
but I don't know if she'd have 800- or 1900-MHz coverage.
However, she said the antenna works (sort of...) and that's what counts.
---JRC---

"Richard Ness" <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote in message news:p JqdnZrXioxCk5rcRVn-tw@comcast.com...
> But, isn't it a safe bet he's 800meg?
>
>
Anonymous
July 28, 2004 6:28:34 AM

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Sorry Louise....

SHE....

Glad something is working for you.


"John R. Copeland" <jcopelan@columbus.rr.aol.com> wrote in message news:lbENc.21287$AF6.2023@fe1.columbus.rr.com...
It looks like Louise posted from New York City,
but I don't know if she'd have 800- or 1900-MHz coverage.
However, she said the antenna works (sort of...) and that's what counts.
---JRC---

"Richard Ness" <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote in message news:p JqdnZrXioxCk5rcRVn-tw@comcast.com...
> But, isn't it a safe bet he's 800meg?
>
>
July 29, 2004 8:02:08 AM

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In article <lbENc.21287$AF6.2023@fe1.columbus.rr.com>,
jcopelan@columbus.rr.aol.com says...
> It looks like Louise posted from New York City,
> but I don't know if she'd have 800- or 1900-MHz coverage.
> However, she said the antenna works (sort of...) and that's what counts.
> ---JRC---
>
> "Richard Ness" <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote in message =
> news:p JqdnZrXioxCk5rcRVn-tw@comcast.com...
> > But, isn't it a safe bet he's 800meg?
> >=20
> >
>
I did post from NYC - Manhattan - but I don't know whether it's 800 or
1900 - how would I check it out?

Louise
Anonymous
July 29, 2004 8:02:09 AM

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On Thu, 29 Jul 2004 04:02:08 GMT, Louise <none@nospam.com> wrote:

>I did post from NYC - Manhattan - but I don't know whether it's 800 or
>1900 - how would I check it out?

You could try a larger lid and see if your results improve.
July 30, 2004 7:50:05 AM

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In article <20040729093356.04424.00000427@mb-m24.aol.com>, stuarth44
@aol.com says...
> How about something like this:
>
> http://www.wpsantennas.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPRO...
>
>
That would work very well if you limit yourself to one room. However,
my apartment is long with several rooms spanning somewhat different
angles. Carrying my little ball jar lid and MagnaMount around makes it
possible to get a solid connection from anywhere in the house.

I will try a larger lid and see if the signal improves signficantly.
Although most of the time, this works quite well and I'm amazed at how
small and light it is in relation to the signal strength improvement.

Louise
Anonymous
July 30, 2004 7:50:06 AM

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with the magna mount how long is the cord? i am having problems here as well
and wouldn't mind it if the cord was long enough.

brian s.
"Louise" <none@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:MPG.1b73915163c6c8e09896fa@news-server.nyc.rr.com...
> In article <20040729093356.04424.00000427@mb-m24.aol.com>, stuarth44
> @aol.com says...
> > How about something like this:
> >
> > http://www.wpsantennas.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPRO...
> >
> >
> That would work very well if you limit yourself to one room. However,
> my apartment is long with several rooms spanning somewhat different
> angles. Carrying my little ball jar lid and MagnaMount around makes it
> possible to get a solid connection from anywhere in the house.
>
> I will try a larger lid and see if the signal improves signficantly.
> Although most of the time, this works quite well and I'm amazed at how
> small and light it is in relation to the signal strength improvement.
>
> Louise
Anonymous
July 30, 2004 9:30:43 AM

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"Brian S." wrote:
>
> with the magna mount how long is the cord? i am having problems here as well
> and wouldn't mind it if the cord was long enough.

In a somewhat abstract way, it reminds me of the Steven Wright joke about going
into a hardware store for a cordless extension cord. <g>

Notan
Anonymous
July 30, 2004 5:18:48 PM

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I was just thinking that because this device has a built in ground plane, you
could carry it around instead of the jar. It would be less breakable, if it
was dropped. : ) I know it says it has to be near a window, but I thought
maybe it would work in other places. I may try one. If I do, I'll let
everyone know if it works well.

Stuart

>> http://www.wpsantennas.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPRO...
>>
>>
>That would work very well if you limit yourself to one room. However,
>my apartment is long with several rooms spanning somewhat different
>angles. Carrying my little ball jar lid and MagnaMount around makes it
>possible to get a solid connection from anywhere in the house.
>
>I will try a larger lid and see if the signal improves signficantly.
>Although most of the time, this works quite well and I'm amazed at how
>small and light it is in relation to the signal strength improvement.
>
>Louise
Anonymous
July 31, 2004 8:27:53 AM

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On Thu, 29 Jul 2004 04:02:08 GMT, Louise <none@nospam.com> chose to add
this to the great equation of life, the universe, and everything:

>In article <lbENc.21287$AF6.2023@fe1.columbus.rr.com>,
>jcopelan@columbus.rr.aol.com says...
>> It looks like Louise posted from New York City,
>> but I don't know if she'd have 800- or 1900-MHz coverage.
>> However, she said the antenna works (sort of...) and that's what counts.
>>
>> "Richard Ness" <richardno@damnspam.nessnet.com> wrote in message =
>> news:p JqdnZrXioxCk5rcRVn-tw@comcast.com...
>> > But, isn't it a safe bet he's 800meg?
>>
>I did post from NYC - Manhattan - but I don't know whether it's 800 or
>1900 - how would I check it out?

On your 4400, go into the service menu (Menu 0, 000000), 2, 1. When it
deigns to display any readings at all, the Mode will be either A(mps),
C(ellular), or P(cs). P is 1900, the others are 800.

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July 31, 2004 10:32:04 AM

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In article <NqKdneddb4IQTpTcRVn-jQ@comcast.com>, deadhead73@comcast.net
says...
> with the magna mount how long is the cord? i am having problems here as well
> and wouldn't mind it if the cord was long enough.
>
> brian s.
> "Louise" <none@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:MPG.1b73915163c6c8e09896fa@news-server.nyc.rr.com...
> > In article <20040729093356.04424.00000427@mb-m24.aol.com>, stuarth44
> > @aol.com says...
> > > How about something like this:
> > >
> > > http://www.wpsantennas.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPRO...
> > >
> > >
> > That would work very well if you limit yourself to one room. However,
> > my apartment is long with several rooms spanning somewhat different
> > angles. Carrying my little ball jar lid and MagnaMount around makes it
> > possible to get a solid connection from anywhere in the house.
> >
> > I will try a larger lid and see if the signal improves signficantly.
> > Although most of the time, this works quite well and I'm amazed at how
> > small and light it is in relation to the signal strength improvement.
> >
> > Louise
>
>
>
I believe it is 8 feet of thin coax cable.
http://www.alternativewireless.com/lgic/LGIC-LG-VX4400-...
and then scroll down to antenna kints and you will see the minimag

Louise
Anonymous
August 1, 2004 8:49:38 AM

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On 30 Jul 2004 13:18:48 GMT, stuarth44@aol.com (StuartH44) wrote:

>I was just thinking that because this device has a built in ground plane, you
>could carry it around instead of the jar. It would be less breakable, if it
>was dropped. : )

She didn't say she carried the jar, just the lid.
September 11, 2010 11:08:46 PM

Their are other options that are made for portable devices, but the signal quality will vary with location
September 14, 2010 2:43:31 AM

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