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  1. #1
    A. Trent
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    I need some help. I've had Sprint PCS as my only phone for the past 3
    years and have been very satisfied with everything. I'm moving into a
    new apartment and my phone does not get a signal inside. The moment I
    step back out to the sidewalk...it's back. The previous tennants were
    friends of mine and I spent some extended time there and it has been
    the same every time. Their phone (I believe it's through Nextel)
    doesn't work inside either. I'd really like to stay with Sprint PCS
    as my only phone. I'm dreading having to install a land-line through
    Verizon. Has anyone had similar issues and does anyone have any
    suggestions? BTW, my phone is a Samsung SCH 8500 and I live just
    outside of Baltimore.



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  2. #2
    Bob Smith
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    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!


    "A. Trent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I need some help. I've had Sprint PCS as my only phone for the past 3
    > years and have been very satisfied with everything. I'm moving into a
    > new apartment and my phone does not get a signal inside. The moment I
    > step back out to the sidewalk...it's back. The previous tennants were
    > friends of mine and I spent some extended time there and it has been
    > the same every time. Their phone (I believe it's through Nextel)
    > doesn't work inside either. I'd really like to stay with Sprint PCS
    > as my only phone. I'm dreading having to install a land-line through
    > Verizon. Has anyone had similar issues and does anyone have any
    > suggestions? BTW, my phone is a Samsung SCH 8500 and I live just
    > outside of Baltimore.


    1) Upgrade to a new 3G phone. Your 8500 is an old phone. If you don't find
    any improvement with the new phone, then ...
    2) Upgrade your plan to a F&C America plan.

    Bob





  3. #3
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
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    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!


    "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]
    >
    >
    > 1) Upgrade to a new 3G phone. Your 8500 is an old phone. If you don't find
    > any improvement with the new phone, then ...
    > 2) Upgrade your plan to a F&C America plan.
    >
    > Bob
    >

    Good idea Bob. Get him committed to higher costs and a phone that still
    won't likely work in his apartment.

    Tom Veldhouse





  4. #4
    letsgoflyers81
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    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!


    A. Trent wrote:
    > *I need some help. I've had Sprint PCS as my only phone for the past
    > 3
    > years and have been very satisfied with everything. I'm moving into
    > a
    > new apartment and my phone does not get a signal inside. The moment
    > I
    > step back out to the sidewalk...it's back. The previous tennants
    > were
    > friends of mine and I spent some extended time there and it has been
    > the same every time. Their phone (I believe it's through Nextel)
    > doesn't work inside either. I'd really like to stay with Sprint PCS
    > as my only phone. I'm dreading having to install a land-line
    > through
    > Verizon. Has anyone had similar issues and does anyone have any
    > suggestions? BTW, my phone is a Samsung SCH 8500 and I live just
    > outside of Baltimore. *


    You can buy a mini repeater which may help. The only problem is I
    think it has to be connected to your phone by a cable so it wouldn't be
    "wireless" while in your apartment.

    --
    Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap




  5. #5
    Orac
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    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (A. Trent) wrote:

    > I need some help. I've had Sprint PCS as my only phone for the past 3
    > years and have been very satisfied with everything. I'm moving into a
    > new apartment and my phone does not get a signal inside. The moment I
    > step back out to the sidewalk...it's back. The previous tennants were
    > friends of mine and I spent some extended time there and it has been
    > the same every time. Their phone (I believe it's through Nextel)
    > doesn't work inside either. I'd really like to stay with Sprint PCS
    > as my only phone. I'm dreading having to install a land-line through
    > Verizon. Has anyone had similar issues and does anyone have any
    > suggestions? BTW, my phone is a Samsung SCH 8500 and I live just
    > outside of Baltimore.


    Your options would appear to be either:

    1. Get a landline, but that would mean you wouldn't be using your cell
    phone as your only phone.

    2. Check out other wireless providers to see if any of them produce a
    signal that can be picked up in your apartment.

    You didn't say if get truly get no signal in your new apartment or if
    you only get a roaming signal there. If you get a digital roam signal
    there on your Sprint phone, it means there must be a wireless provider
    in your area whose digital signal penetrates and you just have to find
    out which one it is.
    --
    Orac |"A statement of fact cannot be insolent."
    |
    |"If you cannot listen to the answers, why do you
    | inconvenience me with questions?"



  6. #6
    Tom Randall
    Guest

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!

    Try an external antenna?

    [email protected] (A. Trent) wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > I need some help. I've had Sprint PCS as my only phone for the past 3
    > years and have been very satisfied with everything. I'm moving into a
    > new apartment and my phone does not get a signal inside. The moment I
    > step back out to the sidewalk...it's back. The previous tennants were
    > friends of mine and I spent some extended time there and it has been
    > the same every time. Their phone (I believe it's through Nextel)
    > doesn't work inside either. I'd really like to stay with Sprint PCS
    > as my only phone. I'm dreading having to install a land-line through
    > Verizon. Has anyone had similar issues and does anyone have any
    > suggestions? BTW, my phone is a Samsung SCH 8500 and I live just
    > outside of Baltimore.


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  7. #7
    P N
    Guest

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!

    You can go to any Bestbuy/Radio Shack/Sprintpcs store to buy a new 3G
    phones (usually color phones) and take home to try.
    If it works then your phone is too old. Return the new phone and think
    about it. They allow you minimum 14 days to try out.
    If it does not then you need to buy an external antena.
    BTW, sprintpcs store has many phones on sale.

    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    >
    > "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]
    > >
    > >
    > > 1) Upgrade to a new 3G phone. Your 8500 is an old phone. If you don't find
    > > any improvement with the new phone, then ...
    > > 2) Upgrade your plan to a F&C America plan.
    > >
    > > Bob
    > >

    > Good idea Bob. Get him committed to higher costs and a phone that still
    > won't likely work in his apartment.
    >
    > Tom Veldhouse
    >
    >


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  8. #8
    malinda
    Guest

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!


    Where outside Balto you live? There are several of us in here that have
    up to date phone that get A+ reception

    --
    Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap




  9. #9
    John Navas
    Guest

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!

    [POSTED TO alt.cellular.gsm - REPLY ON USENET PLEASE]

    In <[email protected]> on 6 Aug 2003 08:16:10
    -0700, [email protected] (A. Trent) wrote:

    >I need some help. I've had Sprint PCS as my only phone for the past 3
    >years and have been very satisfied with everything. I'm moving into a
    >new apartment and my phone does not get a signal inside. The moment I
    >step back out to the sidewalk...it's back. The previous tennants were
    >friends of mine and I spent some extended time there and it has been
    >the same every time. Their phone (I believe it's through Nextel)
    >doesn't work inside either. I'd really like to stay with Sprint PCS
    >as my only phone. I'm dreading having to install a land-line through
    >Verizon. Has anyone had similar issues and does anyone have any
    >suggestions? BTW, my phone is a Samsung SCH 8500 and I live just
    >outside of Baltimore.


    [cross-posted to alt.cellular.sprintpcs]

    The Samsung SCH-8500 has pretty good RF performance, so a new phone probably
    won't help.

    Your best bet is to see if a different cellular service (e.g., ATTWS,
    Cingular, T-Mobile, or Verizon, rather than Sprint or Nextel) would work in
    your new apartment. Carriers often have a trial period where you can return
    the phone if you're not satisfied.

    If you stick with Sprint PCS, there are two things you can try:

    1. Get an external higher-gain antenna that can be attached to your phone.
    However, this is at best an improvement of only 1-2 bars of signal, so if you
    get no signal at all now, it probably won't help.

    2. Get a bi-directional amp with an external high-gain antenna and an
    internal inside antenna. Since you get a signal outside, this would probably
    solve your problem. Cost is in the range of $500-1500.

    --
    Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
    John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>



  10. #10
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!


    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]
    > >
    > >
    > > 1) Upgrade to a new 3G phone. Your 8500 is an old phone. If you don't

    find
    > > any improvement with the new phone, then ...
    > > 2) Upgrade your plan to a F&C America plan.
    > >
    > > Bob
    > >

    > Good idea Bob. Get him committed to higher costs and a phone that still
    > won't likely work in his apartment.
    >
    > Tom Veldhouse


    He can always return the phone, if he finds it doesn't help ... and if you
    noticed Tom, I said to change plans last.

    Bob
    >
    >






  11. #11
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!


    "P N" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > You can go to any Bestbuy/Radio Shack/Sprintpcs store to buy a new 3G
    > phones (usually color phones) and take home to try.
    > If it works then your phone is too old. Return the new phone and think
    > about it. They allow you minimum 14 days to try out.
    > If it does not then you need to buy an external antena.
    > BTW, sprintpcs store has many phones on sale.
    >


    Now why would the age of the phone have anything to do with reception? I am
    not sure that 3G does anything to aid reception either. It does have
    protocol features that allow for better battery life (less network chatter I
    suspect).

    While it is true you can go try out a phone for 14 days, that is not what
    Bob said. Bob said to get a new phone. And then if that didn't work, try
    going to a free roaming plan. Keep in mind that such a plan has a 50% limit
    on roaming minutes imposed by Sprint. If this guy relied on that plan for
    his main phone, it is very likely Sprint would eventually cancel the Free &
    Clear America plan for him and return him to Free & Clear Nationwide.

    Tom Veldhouse





  12. #12
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!


    "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    >
    > He can always return the phone, if he finds it doesn't help ... and if you
    > noticed Tom, I said to change plans last.
    >


    True, but the plan is really not wise, as it is his main phone and Sprint
    will likely cancel it after he consistantly roams for more than 50% of his
    calls ....

    Tom Veldhouse





  13. #13

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!


    >"A. Trent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]
    >> I need some help. I've had Sprint PCS as my only phone for the past 3
    >> years and have been very satisfied with everything. I'm moving into a
    >> new apartment and my phone does not get a signal inside. The moment I
    >> step back out to the sidewalk...it's back. The previous tennants were
    >> friends of mine and I spent some extended time there and it has been
    >> the same every time. Their phone (I believe it's through Nextel)
    >> doesn't work inside either. I'd really like to stay with Sprint PCS
    >> as my only phone. I'm dreading having to install a land-line through
    >> Verizon. Has anyone had similar issues and does anyone have any
    >> suggestions? BTW, my phone is a Samsung SCH 8500 and I live just
    >> outside of Baltimore.


    On Wed, 06 Aug 2003 15:17:49 GMT, "Bob Smith"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >1) Upgrade to a new 3G phone. Your 8500 is an old phone. If you don't find
    >any improvement with the new phone, then ...
    >2) Upgrade your plan to a F&C America plan.


    or

    3) Buy a PCS repeater for your apartment, run the external antenna to
    someplace with signal. Here's one @ $500.. there are many others:
    http://cellantenna.com/repeater/CAE50new.htm
    --
    Nobody but a fool goes into a federal counterrorism operation without duct tape - Richard Preston, THE COBRA EVENT.



  14. #14
    malinda
    Guest

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!


    The 4900 got excellent reception everywhere in md i go....the 8100
    doesnt

    --
    Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap




  15. #15
    Evel
    Guest

    Re: no Sprint signal in new apartment, help!

    Goto http://cellantenna.com/Antennas/yagi.htm and pick up the PCS panel
    antenna. If you paint it the same color as the outside of the apartment, no
    one will ever know you have it... Hook the wire upto your phone and it
    should work.

    Keep in mind that your phone will be "wired" when in your apartment, but at
    least it will work.

    An alternative is to pick up a "trucker" pcs antenna at a truck stop like
    Love's.


    Chris

    "A. Trent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I need some help. I've had Sprint PCS as my only phone for the past 3
    > years and have been very satisfied with everything. I'm moving into a
    > new apartment and my phone does not get a signal inside. The moment I
    > step back out to the sidewalk...it's back. The previous tennants were
    > friends of mine and I spent some extended time there and it has been
    > the same every time. Their phone (I believe it's through Nextel)
    > doesn't work inside either. I'd really like to stay with Sprint PCS
    > as my only phone. I'm dreading having to install a land-line through
    > Verizon. Has anyone had similar issues and does anyone have any
    > suggestions? BTW, my phone is a Samsung SCH 8500 and I live just
    > outside of Baltimore.






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