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    I recently got the Samsung A900 and I found out that you can't use songs from your computer as ringtones, my question is :

    Is there any cell phones out there (Good ones =\) that have the ability to do that?

    I only ask because I have 30 days to decide if I wanna keep this phone or get a different one. I do like the phone but I get barely okay reception. Which brings me to my next question :

    Do Antenna Boosters really make a difference?

    I figure if I can at least get 3 bars I'd be happy with that.

    I apologize if these are in the wrong forums, but I have no idea where to post questions as general as these. Thank you for any help you can provide.


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    Re: General Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zelandia
    I recently got the Samsung A900 and I found out that you can't use songs from your computer as ringtones
    ...yes you can.

    Your phone won't play mp3s directly from the pc, but if you can find a program to convert your mp3 files into AAC format, they will work just fine. Hmm, I used to have one, let me see here where did I put it?

    The best program I can recommend is >dBpower Amp<, it's free for 30 days and then you have to purchase a license (only $14). If you REALLY don't want to spend any money, there are free ones at download.com, but you'll have to run your spyware zapper after you install the freeware to test them because they are often bugged. Just try the link above and you'll be happy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zelandia
    Is there any cell phones out there (Good ones =\) that have the ability to do that? I only ask because I have 30 days to decide if I wanna keep this phone or get a different one. I do like the phone but I get barely okay reception.
    Who is your service provider and what area do you live in? Are there geological factors, such as hills, mountains, valleys, heavily wooded areas that might be interfering with your reception? Among Sprint phones, the A900 is considered to have good reception compared to LG or Samsung from what I've heard.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zelandia
    Which brings me to my next question: Do Antenna Boosters really make a difference?
    Depends on what kind of 'antenna booster' you are talking about. If you are talking about those little gold stickers, well personally I am convinced that somewhere out there is one that's actually made of metal and therefore might do something but every one I've ever bought and cut open was a painted piece of plastic. Worthless! I once heard someone say if it were actually made of a conductive metal it might de-tune your internal antenna, and that would also be pretty bad if it were in fact true!

    There are "boosters" that you plug into the wall, stick an antenna on the side of your house, and they pick up a signal outdoors, then amplify/repeat it inside. They make these for the car as well, it's all a matter of how much you want to spend to have good reception. I spent around $300 for an okay setup, my reception indoors is now better than standing outside, whereas I used to get really poor service and roaming indoors. Let me go dig up that link now...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelandia
    I apologize if these are in the wrong forums, but I have no idea where to post questions as general as these. Thank you for any help you can provide.
    Nah, don't worry about it! Everyone is a "newbie" once. Welcome to the site, check the links in my signature and you'll be a "phone addict" in no time. Let me know who your service provider is, maybe a state/province or postal code? Then I might be able to give you more to go on.



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    Re: General Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad729
    ...yes you can.

    Your phone won't play mp3s directly from the pc, but if you can find a program to convert your mp3 files into AAC format, they will work just fine. Hmm, I used to have one, let me see here where did I put it?

    The best program I can recommend is >dBpower Amp<, it's free for 30 days and then you have to purchase a license (only $14). If you REALLY don't want to spend any money, there are free ones at download.com, but you'll have to run your spyware zapper after you install the freeware to test them because they are often bugged. Just try the link above and you'll be happy.
    That's awesome to know. Thanks for the prog.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad729
    Who is your service provider and what area do you live in? Are there geological factors, such as hills, mountains, valleys, heavily wooded areas that might be interfering with your reception? Among Sprint phones, the A900 is considered to have good reception compared to LG or Samsung from what I've heard.
    My provider is sprint (Cause I didn't wanna buy the phone outright and then go to a different company, that's expensive) and I live in Tomahawk Wisconsin Zip = 54487. I live in the middle of two towers , one in Rhinelander, and one in Wausau. But I can't get normal reception, I can only get Roaming and I get few bars at best. I figure if I can't get this phone working better, I might just take it back and get a RAZR.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad729
    Depends on what kind of 'antenna booster' you are talking about. If you are talking about those little gold stickers, well personally I am convinced that somewhere out there is one that's actually made of metal and therefore might do something but every one I've ever bought and cut open was a painted piece of plastic. Worthless! I once heard someone say if it were actually made of a conductive metal it might de-tune your internal antenna, and that would also be pretty bad if it were in fact true!
    Well, I already ordered one of those gold plate things (For 5 bucks plus no shipping fee, why not try?)
    Last edited by Zelandia; 06-19-2006 at 08:09 PM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelandia
    I live in the middle of two towers , one in Rhinelander, and one in Wausau. But I can't get normal reception, I can only get Roaming and I get few bars at best. I figure if I can't get this phone working better, I might just take it back and get a RAZR.
    That's too bad, I know there isn't one service provider that's right for everyone, but I personally love Sprint. They do have good roaming coverage, don't they? When you dial a 7-digit number, does the roaming tower identify itself? They will usually tell you whether they belong to Verizon, Alltel, or whatever. That might be who you want to consider for your carrier if they seem to be the one "filling in the gaps" for Sprint. Of course, that would limit you to other CDMA carriers, which I personally think have good coverage in rural areas, but how are Cingular or T-Mobile in your area?
    Quote Originally Posted by Zelandia
    Well, I already ordered one of those gold plate things (For 5 bucks plus no shipping fee, why not try?)
    I had the same idea, "what the heck it's worth a try", right? Well, I peeled mine out of my phone when I read a thread here where someone claimed they could detune the phone's antenna. Honestly, when I took the thing out, the phone worked as well as it did before. I didn't notice any reduction in my signal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zelandia
    I only ask because I have 30 days to decide if I wanna keep this phone or get a different one.
    You didn't mean 'get out of your contract', right? Last time I checked, Sprint's trial-period on new contracts was only 14 days.

    Oh, I wanted to mention again, I went from no reception to very good reception by purchasing one of those cellular repeater/amplifier kits that I linked you to in a previous post... good luck and let us know what you decide to do!
    Last edited by Brad729; 06-19-2006 at 08:30 PM.



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    Re: General Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad729
    Oh, I wanted to mention again, I went from no reception to very good reception by purchasing one of those cellular repeater/amplifier kits that I linked you to in a previous post... good luck and let us know what you decide to do!
    But do you only have the good reception when it's hooked up? Or can you take it anywhere now and have that good of reception?



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    Re: General Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zelandia
    But do you only have the good reception when it's hooked up? Or can you take it anywhere now and have that good of reception?
    Sprint has very good coverage in Jacksonville and along the highways between places, but as I mentioned before, geological factors can affect reception, and the reception in my neighborhood is drowned out by a bunch of huge oak trees, plus my house is of an older construction that seems to block reception no matter who your provider is. I get 2 bars standing on my front porch, but with my repeater I get 3-6 bars inside!

    I bought a cheap one, because I am also between two towers, but the furthest of them is only 4 or 5 miles. I didn't need a powerful setup and didn't want to invest a lot of money. However, it is possible with the right amplifier/repeater device and the right antenna to get reception up to 50 miles from a tower! Depending on how much money you want to invest, you can buy one for the home or for your vehicle, but make sure you know which band your carrier uses. In the case of Sprint, "PCS" is by definition, the "1900mhz" band.

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    Re: General Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad729
    ...yes you can.

    Your phone won't play mp3s directly from the pc, but if you can find a program to convert your mp3 files into AAC format, they will work just fine. Hmm, I used to have one, let me see here where did I put it?

    The best program I can recommend is >dBpower Amp<, it's free for 30 days and then you have to purchase a license (only $14). If you REALLY don't want to spend any money, there are free ones at download.com, but you'll have to run your spyware zapper after you install the freeware to test them because they are often bugged. Just try the link above and you'll be happy.
    As for this, once I have them in that format and on my phone, how do I choose them as my ringtone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad729
    You didn't mean 'get out of your contract', right? Last time I checked, Sprint's trial-period on new contracts was only 14 days.
    Eh, well I bought the phone today from Radioshack and they told me 30 days.
    Last edited by Zelandia; 06-19-2006 at 10:38 PM.



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    Re: General Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zelandia
    As for this, once I have them in that format and on my phone, how do I choose them as my ringtone?
    Hmm, see if this post helps? Tell us how you get tones to your phone - Post 35 - Samsung A900

    A quick search can bear some marvelous results.



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    Re: General Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad729
    Hmm, see if this post helps? Tell us how you get tones to your phone - Post 35 - Samsung A900

    A quick search can bear some marvelous results.
    Lol yeah, I used the search today, but all I looked up was A900, never found that one though =(



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