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    Robb4248
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    hahaha, yeah, i heard they were garbage too


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    Re: Signal Boosters

    Actually, they tend to detune the phones internal antenna and can sometimes damage the finals in the phone. It is best to either hook an external antenna to the phone or use what you have.



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    Re: Signal Boosters

    What do you mean "Hook up an external antenna"? Most phones cannot have this done (With out MAJOR "Surgery" to the phone). Don't give out advice that can potentially damage a phone



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    Re: Signal Boosters

    Quote Originally Posted by robb4248
    What do you mean "Hook up an external antenna"? Most phones cannot have this done (With out MAJOR "Surgery" to the phone). Don't give out advice that can potentially damage a phone
    Most phones have a rubber grommet on the back, near the antenna usually. You pull the grommet out and there's a jack you can plug into (kind of looks like the end of an RCA cable). You get an adapter that goes in there, then you can get an external antenna.

    However, there is a better way to go. It's called a wireless amplifier, and this is how it works:



    An external antenna outside the building, goes to an A/C powered amplifier, then to an internal antenna, and wirelessly to your phone. While rather expensive (some $299 USD), a VERY good solution



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    Re: Signal Boosters

    As _Abom_ described the jack on the back of most phones is for en external antenna hookup. Robb4248, I would not give out advice that I did not know about. By trade I am an RF engineer that happens to work for an antenna company that makes external cellular antennas for the Marine market to add in increasing cellular coverage on the water.



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    Re: Signal Boosters

    Quote Originally Posted by csquare
    Robb4248, I would not give out advice that I did not know about.
    Hi, csquare. I think Robb was simply trying to express some concern over the fact that you've been so active in your first 24 hours as a member, and while you have given out some helpful advice, your haste leaves no room for attention to detail. Some of the threads you've dug up, such as this one here, are a year old or more. I'm glad that you are trying to help people, but if they asked their question a year ago, they probably got their answer long before now. Also, some of your answers have been a little vague and general, something any one of us could google in 5 seconds.

    Now, my last 4 cell phones didn't have a jack for an external antenna, and I think a lot of newer phones don't have them. Had you been in less of a hurry to reply to so many threads in such a short time, you may have considered this and mentioned it in your post, thereby avoiding all this confusion and off-topic discussion.

    If the OP was asking about an inexpensive way to boost their indoor cellular reception, I'd tell them about the kit I bought from Cell Booster Store. It's not designed for large buildings, but works fine for me. If they needed to cover a larger area I might suggest Wilson Cellular's selection of higher-end models, which are a little more $$$ but superior quality. Wilson's products are available both in wired (for external antenna jacks) and wireless (for phones like mine that don't have jacks).
    Last edited by Brad729; 06-09-2006 at 07:49 AM.



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    Re: Signal Boosters

    Well spoken and heeded... I will try in the future to be more "explicit" with my information.
    BTW,
    There are inductively coupled adaptors for you phones without an antenna.
    ;-)

    Shakespeare as well as Digital also make wired and wireless amplifiers as well as a gammet of adaptor cables.

    Shakespeare Marine Cell Phone Amplifiers, Adapter Cables and Accessories

    Digital Antenna - About Our Cellular Cell Phone Signal Amplifiers


    Thanks again
    Last edited by csquare; 06-09-2006 at 08:20 AM.
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