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fcooper

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RavensFan24 wrote:

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Any recommendations for a cell signal booster? TEXT DELETED


Here are some reviews of the various systems that may help. cell phone booster reviews

I'm in the process of installing a Wilson MobilePro and I'm going to use the Wilson RV Trucker Spring Mount Antenna with it. I have used the MobilePro for one outing but only had the provided 3.5 inch antenna stuck to the inside of the motorhome windshield, and it appeared to help. (The 3.5 inch antenna is magnetic but there's nothing on the outside of my motorhome that the magnet will work with). I'm thinking the better outside antenna should improve performance. I've been using one of the Wilson units for the house for several years with good results.

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Hey Fred,

How's that Wilson MobilePro working out for you?


Sorry it took me so long to respond to you question. I now have the Wilson RV Trucker antenna on the roof of the motorhome. Today I measured the signal strength inside my motorhome using my 3g motorola cell phone. I'm in a poor reception area. Without power applied to the Wilson MobilePro, I was getting -103 dBm signal about 6 feet away from the amplifier. After powering up the amplifier, this dropped to about -100 at 6 feet, gave -96 about 18 inches from the amplifier, and a whopping -83 with the cell phone laying on the amplifier. It does help. The MobilePro (3g)is designed for use inside an automobile, so it is not designed for bigger areas.

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To boost the cell phone signal, I like the weBoost Drive 4G-S Cell Phone Booster, it has good reviews.
I put the android cell phone on the weBoost cradle and set the phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. So, I can share internet access with laptop and tablet.
The cradle is connected via a coax cable to an external directional antenna.
I can reach cell phone tower a few miles away, provided that the antenna is high enough to have line-of-sight, which is necessary for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz for cell.
The antenna is mounted on a telescopic fiber-glass painter pole, light weight, does not take too much storage space when not in use, and it can go up to 30-feet. The other advantage of the pole is that I can rotate it, while looking at the signal strength on the phone and get the best direction for the antenna.
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Posted: 05/08/16 09:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've always wondered which towers are being used as you drive about the country and which work the best? I have Tracfone right now but not sure who's towers they use or do they just act "unlocked" and jack the towers in the area no matter who owns them???


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no they do not JAcK the towers

they are programmed, and the hardware will only work with certain towers

sprint and vzw can roam on each other
att and Tmo are gsm and can roam on each other

provided the phones have the correct PRL "preferred roaming list"

i believe tracfone is gsm and uses a ATT towers


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Gene&Ginny

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DesertMax wrote:

.. I have Tracfone right now ..
Traffone uses either Verizon or AT&T. If the last letter of the phone model is C it is CDMA using Verizon "prepaid" towers (non roaming). If the last letter of the phone model is G it is GSM using AT&T towers and may have roaming ability.


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Hi, my phone mod # is A1332 old g4..
Thinking of upgrading soon though...

Gene&Ginny

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The A1332 Apple iPhone G4 is GSM and runs on AT&T towers.

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Cricket is what I've changed to. GSM coverage throughout Mexico, US, and Canada with no roaming charges. I'm posting this from the Yukon using my cell as a hotspot.


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Ductape, my next escape plan has taken shape nicely and I'll be back to full time in a month.. I'm not crazy about the TracFone program and will need to focus on the best way to use my phone as a hotspot as you mentioned.. I'll check out Cricket.. I have noticed their ad profile seems to be growing...

I'll need a new phone too.. How about this one with a 5" display?

or maybe this one...

A big step up from my old G4 iPhone with a 3.5"...

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For internet on the road and at home, I bought an AT&T Homebase on ebay for $25, went to an AT&T store and activated my service. 25g of 4glte a month for $60. It's my service at home also in a rural area. It's broadband fast and I haven't come close to using 25g in a month. They will also give you a phone number and you can plug in a phone for phone service free. I think Verizon has a similar plan.
The funny thing is AT&T is backordered on the Homebases but they are available on ebay.
For cell service I use Straight Talk, 10g a month for $45. They use Verizon or AT&T towers depending on your zip code. I'm on AT&T towers.

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