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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Signal booster/repeater?

Just was looking up a few different posts here about this... Has anyone tried one that works well? I'd like to try one to get better cell reception within concrete walls. LTE I get between 1 and 3 bars usually 1, and wcdma hangs out around 3 bars... I'm on a Samsung Galaxy s7 and it is compatible and there is coverage, it's just weakened between the structures of my building and likely the one close by nextdoor too. Wcdma has painfully slow texting for whatever reason. 

 

Anyway I just wondered if anyone has actually purchased and used one or if you've just been dealing with weaker/slower signal. Would rather not kill my devices battery either, the lower the signal the quicker the drain

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Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Re: Signal booster/repeater?

@Pawprints1986 yes I bought the cheapest one for my parents, they live in Hope. you're from BC right? and it's made a big difference from 0-1 bars to 2-3. which is pretty good for them since there are trees surrounding the area. I assume you're looking to improve both signals?

 

look for the cheapest LTE/3g booster on Amazon and if you don't like it, just return it.

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Oracle

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@Pawprints1986 , the signal strengths you allude to are plenty capable.  At home my signal strength ranges between a bar and x from time to time. I have no issues with phone calls, text and the occasional mobile data.  My neighborhood is totally single family dwellings with little options for tower densification.  I think the signal boosters are a waste of money.  It might feel better to see more bars, but at the end the day, there won't anything difference in the service quality.  

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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

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@gpixel4 I'm in Ontario actually, but yes looking to ideally improve both signals but especially LTE as it's weakest. Can you share which one you bought, so I can check if it's compatible? The cheaper the better lol but since I'm here long term it seems worth the investment. If I should happen to move I can sell or bring it with, but moving is such a big hassle I don't want to ever move again lol

 

@will13am how's your battery life though? With that low of bars consistently  your device would be working that much harder. I bought mine outright so would like it to last a very long time. Less of a big deal if batteries were still user removable. I wish they still were but they opted for water resistance instead. Which I'm still not about to dunk it in water, my luck I'd have the one with the defective seal lol

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Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

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@Pawprints1986 type "cell phone booster" in the search field its $99.89 it only works for band 5(850mhz) for both LTE and HSPA+ 

 

Is this the one you bought? It only says 3g so I had looked past this one. It strengthens LTE as well ?

 

yes that's the one. yes it will strengthen 850mhz frequency for lte also. as @sheytoon mentioned, you won't see much benefit on the LTE side if the band isn't in the vicinity. check the nearest towers with that frequency and maybe that will give you an idea if it will help boost your LTE signal. i think you can also dial *#*#4636#*#* to get some info on your current connection to towers

 

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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

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@gpixel4 interesting, I didn't know till just now that 850mhz carried both types of signal! And with that signal being the best if this works well, my phone would probably just automatically pick that frequency? Is that what happened for your parents?

 

Is this the one you bought? It only says 3g so I had looked past this one. It strengthens LTE as well ?

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Mayor / Maire

Re: Signal booster/repeater?

The frequency is really what's important. A booster will work on any technology on that frequency.

 

A note of caution about B5 (850 MHz). It's fine for 3G, but not available everywhere for LTE.

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Oracle

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@Pawprints1986 wrote:

@gpixel4 I'm in Ontario actually, but yes looking to ideally improve both signals but especially LTE as it's weakest. Can you share which one you bought, so I can check if it's compatible? The cheaper the better lol but since I'm here long term it seems worth the investment. If I should happen to move I can sell or bring it with, but moving is such a big hassle I don't want to ever move again lol

 

@will13am how's your battery life though? With that low of bars consistently  your device would be working that much harder. I bought mine outright so would like it to last a very long time. Less of a big deal if batteries were still user removable. I wish they still were but they opted for water resistance instead. Which I'm still not about to dunk it in water, my luck I'd have the one with the defective seal lol


Battery life is fantastic.  With light usage, I charge the phone once a week.  The phone is never turned off.  To limit battery wear, I only charge to 80%.  The phone is dual SIM, so I have two cellular connections both with weak signals.   

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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Signal booster/repeater?

Just for comparison, at the door vs inside my unit

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