Yet Another Signal Boost Question
How can I get a better signal on my 8330/Verizon in a rural area where I can find pockets that have a minimum and intermittent signal but never enough to get/receive calls?
I did a forum search for "signal booster" and read several threads but I still don't know if it is possible.
I need to be in service for work but I sometimes travel to a remote area and must give it up unless I can get service there. Recently got my first BB and I am definitely a beginner. I must stay with Verizon and I have tried holding it different ways. I am told by others that cellular is very weak there.
Thanks in advance - any help would be appreciated. This looks like a great community and I hope someday I can actually contribute."The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard." ...Steven Wright
- "The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard." ...Steven Wright
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07-12-2009, 07:50 PM #4
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I just installed a zBoost YX510 in my home and it has made a remarkable difference. They make smaller versions for your car if that's what you're looking for. You've got to have some signal to work with though as you can't amplify nothing.
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07-12-2009, 08:12 PM #5
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Eric, it seems like you have no other choice unless you want to switch carriers which I doubt you want to do that. Where do you live anyways that you can't get a signal? LOL
That Verizon Femtocell sounds like a joke to me from what I've read. The units retail price is $250 yet it still gobbles up your monthly minutes unlike TMOs Unlimited HotSpot Calling for $9.99 over WiFi/UMA. Now, AT&T is soon coming out with Microcell and Sprint has AiRave service. Everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon.
WOW! Those zBoosters are EXPENSIVE!
Thanks, Jason. $300 is a lot but if it works, it will be worth it.
Armando - it actually is not where I live that is a problem. It is a vacation place (Kirk Creek, CA) I love to go to but will not be able to anymore since I need to be reachable. I have run into this elsewhere - apparently I like to go places with no or limited cell service. A few hundred buck may be worth it if it works reliably. I guess there is no way to know without buying something and taking it with me."The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard." ...Steven Wright
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07-13-2009, 01:50 AM #7
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This may sound brutal, but I rigged up a homemade signal booster for my 8330 at my rural home- I cut in half a pop can, leaving the top and bottom intact, and rest the phone inside. Goes from 1 bar to 3-4 bars. Looks brutal, but it works!
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