Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Sheryl Sussman
    Guest
    Greetings Everyone! I currently use an LG TP5250, but the phone is
    virtually useless inside my home. I live in Garden Grove, CA. If I go
    outside my complex I can get reception. Rarely can I get a signal
    strong enough to actually make calls from inside. Are there phones out
    there with better reception, or am I pretty much out of luck? I hate
    having to use my land line to make a long distance call when I could
    use my included time on the cell phone. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    Sheryl



    See More: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?




  2. #2
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?


    "Sheryl Sussman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:010220041012030293%[email protected]
    > Greetings Everyone! I currently use an LG TP5250, but the phone is
    > virtually useless inside my home. I live in Garden Grove, CA. If I go
    > outside my complex I can get reception. Rarely can I get a signal
    > strong enough to actually make calls from inside. Are there phones out
    > there with better reception, or am I pretty much out of luck? I hate
    > having to use my land line to make a long distance call when I could
    > use my included time on the cell phone. Any suggestions? Thanks!
    >
    > Sheryl


    Sheryl, there a number of factors why you may experience problems with
    coverage. Some are the types of construction materials blocking the signal,
    the geography (if you are in between hills, etc.), distance to closest
    towers and a few other reasons. You can't do anything about these types of
    problems. Well you can, by getting a cellular repeater, but those cost quite
    a bit.

    There are things you can check, which might help improve coverage. Making
    sure you have the most recent PRL, 10021, and most recent firmware version
    for your model - D525SP23.

    It's been mentioned here that SPCS may be introducing a new PRL this month,
    10022, but we have yet to see it.

    One more thing, if your phone is getting old, you might consider looking at
    getting a new model. Not only because they will have more features, but
    better battery life as well. The Sanyo models have all received high praises
    in holding onto a faint signal better than other lines of phones.

    Bob






  3. #3
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?

    Sheryl Sussman wrote:
    > Greetings Everyone! I currently use an LG TP5250, but the phone is
    > virtually useless inside my home. I live in Garden Grove, CA. If I =

    go
    > outside my complex I can get reception. Rarely can I get a signal
    > strong enough to actually make calls from inside. Are there phones =

    out
    > there with better reception, or am I pretty much out of luck? I hate
    > having to use my land line to make a long distance call when I could
    > use my included time on the cell phone. Any suggestions? Thanks!


    Have you tried the phone at every window, patio and/or balcony? =20
    When I first got a Sprint phone, the only place it would get a good =
    signal=20
    was by a bathroom window, so that's where I made outgoing long distance
    calls. Subsequently Sprint built a closer tower, and now I have =
    excellent=20
    reception over most of the house.

    --=20
    John Richards




  4. #4
    chuck
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?

    PRL, or preferred roaming list, has NOTHING do to with Sprint's
    towers. It is a list of EVERYONE else's towers (Verizon, ATT, etc)
    that the phone will need if you decide to make roaming calls.

    The SOFTWARE UPDATE also has NOTHING to do with reception. Samsung,
    LG, often rush their phones to market to meet a deadline. The
    customers (or guinea pigs) prove to them that the software has
    glitches, bugs, etc. Software updates CAN improve performace--but
    reception is not one of them.

    SANYo DOES have the best signal strenth. LGs, typically, have the
    worst.




    > sure you have the most recent PRL, 10021, and most recent firmware version
    > for your model - D525SP23.
    >
    > It's been mentioned here that SPCS may be introducing a new PRL this month,
    > 10022, but we have yet to see it.
    >
    > One more thing, if your phone is getting old, you might consider looking at
    > getting a new model. Not only because they will have more features, but
    > better battery life as well. The Sanyo models have all received high praises
    > in holding onto a faint signal better than other lines of phones.
    >
    > Bob




  5. #5
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?


    "chuck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > PRL, or preferred roaming list, has NOTHING do to with Sprint's
    > towers. It is a list of EVERYONE else's towers (Verizon, ATT, etc)
    > that the phone will need if you decide to make roaming calls.


    Actually it's possible, if SPCS's carrier frequency gets busy in a
    particular market, they would add another one, which might not be recognized
    by the phone, unless it's PRL is up to date.

    Bob





  6. #6
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?

    -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
    Hash: SHA1

    Bob Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > Actually it's possible, if SPCS's carrier frequency gets busy in a
    > particular market, they would add another one, which might not be recognized
    > by the phone, unless it's PRL is up to date.
    >
    > Bob
    >

    If they use the same SID, there should be no problem with the current
    PRL. I can not think of a case where they would use a different SID.

    - --

    Thomas T. Veldhouse


    -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
    Version: GnuPG v1.2.4 (FreeBSD)

    iD8DBQFAHoZ91p0e3NXsrtERAt99AKC2HVpldo4Ofa7ckhf/DZeXU+2zxQCgi5Kh
    Y2AZDror50TeNYaI/uNNkl0=
    =wQp0
    -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----



  7. #7
    Sheryl Sussman
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?

    In article <[email protected]>, John
    Richards <[email protected]> wrote:

    Hi John,

    Yes, I have tried everywhere in the house. It just doesn't work well
    at all inside the Complex. I can sometimes get a call through if I go
    outside in my driveway, but the signal strength is still very weak.
    It's been this bad ever since I moved in here, about 2 1/2 years ago.

    Sheryl

    > Have you tried the phone at every window, patio and/or balcony?
    > When I first got a Sprint phone, the only place it would get a good signal
    > was by a bathroom window, so that's where I made outgoing long distance
    > calls. Subsequently Sprint built a closer tower, and now I have excellent
    > reception over most of the house.




  8. #8
    Sheryl Sussman
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?

    In article <[email protected]>, Bob
    Smith <[email protected]> wrote:

    Bob,

    I had the phone checked out a couple of months ago, they said I had the
    latest software on it (I hadn't stopped in for several months). The
    gal said that my phone was old enough that there probably won't be any
    more updates... I get excellent signals just up the street, I wonder
    if my only choice is going to be to get another phone?

    Sheryl

    >
    > Sheryl, there a number of factors why you may experience problems with
    > coverage. Some are the types of construction materials blocking the signal,
    > the geography (if you are in between hills, etc.), distance to closest
    > towers and a few other reasons. You can't do anything about these types of
    > problems. Well you can, by getting a cellular repeater, but those cost quite
    > a bit.
    >
    > There are things you can check, which might help improve coverage. Making
    > sure you have the most recent PRL, 10021, and most recent firmware version
    > for your model - D525SP23.
    >
    > It's been mentioned here that SPCS may be introducing a new PRL this month,
    > 10022, but we have yet to see it.
    >
    > One more thing, if your phone is getting old, you might consider looking at
    > getting a new model. Not only because they will have more features, but
    > better battery life as well. The Sanyo models have all received high praises
    > in holding onto a faint signal better than other lines of phones.
    >
    > Bob




  9. #9
    plane
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?

    "John Richards" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Sheryl Sussman wrote:
    > > Greetings Everyone! I currently use an LG TP5250, but the phone is
    > > virtually useless inside my home. I live in Garden Grove, CA. If I

    > go
    > > outside my complex I can get reception. Rarely can I get a signal
    > > strong enough to actually make calls from inside. Are there phones

    > out
    > > there with better reception, or am I pretty much out of luck? I hate
    > > having to use my land line to make a long distance call when I could
    > > use my included time on the cell phone. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    >
    > Have you tried the phone at every window, patio and/or balcony?
    > When I first got a Sprint phone, the only place it would get a good
    > signal
    > was by a bathroom window, so that's where I made outgoing long distance
    > calls. Subsequently Sprint built a closer tower, and now I have
    > excellent
    > reception over most of the house.



    Have your thought about F&CA to use in youir home??

    Apparently sprint had a tower issue in my area abou the first of Dec.
    For a good month could not use (or barely use) myhandset, in my hosue
    whre I could before; (they eventually fixed it) but in the mean time,
    I tried every handset that I had ever owned, to see if i could get a
    connect;

    My new handset is a sanyo 5400, which would connect maybe 1 of 15
    tries, better at window toward the nearest tower. Had 3 different
    4900's--1 of the 3 was noticeably better in connecting--maybe 1 of 10
    tries--older samsungs 6100, 8500, 3500,sony almost never
    connercted--my opinion very little difference--apparently there are
    varibles, that I am not aware of in a fringe area connection( had 2-3
    bars) suddently it all worked again after about a month.



  10. #10
    Larry Thomas
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?

    Sheryl Sussman <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<010220041012030293%[email protected]>...
    > Greetings Everyone! I currently use an LG TP5250, but the phone is
    > virtually useless inside my home. I live in Garden Grove, CA. If I go
    > outside my complex I can get reception. Rarely can I get a signal
    > strong enough to actually make calls from inside. Are there phones out
    > there with better reception, or am I pretty much out of luck? I hate
    > having to use my land line to make a long distance call when I could
    > use my included time on the cell phone. Any suggestions? Thanks!
    >
    > Sheryl


    Hi Sheryl,

    I live very close to Garden Grove myself in the city of Orange. Sprint
    does have most of the city well covered but there are a few places
    that indoor coverage needs some improvement. Sprint is going to be
    building a new tower on Harbor across from the Mervyn's. Depending on
    how close you are to this general area you could see improvement soon.
    The tower is scheduled to be built in the next 4 months as the permits
    for it have already been issued.



  11. #11
    Chad Michael Crews
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?

    Yeah it can. Get a Sanyo phone you wont be sorry.

    On Sun, 1 Feb 2004, Sheryl Sussman wrote:

    > Greetings Everyone! I currently use an LG TP5250, but the phone is
    > virtually useless inside my home. I live in Garden Grove, CA. If I go
    > outside my complex I can get reception. Rarely can I get a signal
    > strong enough to actually make calls from inside. Are there phones out
    > there with better reception, or am I pretty much out of luck? I hate
    > having to use my land line to make a long distance call when I could
    > use my included time on the cell phone. Any suggestions? Thanks!
    >
    > Sheryl
    >




  12. #12
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: Can Changing Phones Improve Indoor Reception?

    Sometimes, maybe.

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Chad Michael Crews <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Yeah it can. Get a Sanyo phone you wont be sorry.
    >
    > On Sun, 1 Feb 2004, Sheryl Sussman wrote:
    >
    > > Greetings Everyone! I currently use an LG TP5250, but the phone is
    > > virtually useless inside my home. I live in Garden Grove, CA. If I go
    > > outside my complex I can get reception. Rarely can I get a signal
    > > strong enough to actually make calls from inside. Are there phones out
    > > there with better reception, or am I pretty much out of luck? I hate
    > > having to use my land line to make a long distance call when I could
    > > use my included time on the cell phone. Any suggestions? Thanks!
    > >
    > > Sheryl
    > >


    The 1900MHz band that SprintPCS CDMA uses does not
    penetrate Buildings as well as the 800 MHZ that Verizon uses,
    all other things being equal.

    If there's not enough signal at your home, it doesn't
    matter what phone you're using.



  • Similar Threads