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Hi i am thinking of adding the double data/ minutes to my plan but, I was wondering, currently I get no signal on my Samsung gs 2 while at my cottage. Does this mean i will not be able to use the Data while there as well. PS I never had this problem with my previous carrier (R) and my wife has full bars with her carrier (F) and no one else on other carriers has a problem either, outside my front door perfect signal inside the house no signal thanks the coverage map says i should be fully covered

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You must have a signal to use the mobile network. So if you have no bars at your cottage or just spotty service, then I don't think your experience will be a good one. That being said, when you're not at the cottage at least you'll bE Able to enjoy a great plan. 🙂 BTW R and F are the same company R which would explain why both phones have a signal.
Chad Burr wrote:

You must have a signal to use the mobile network. So if you have no bars at your cottage or just ...

Thanks I know f & r are the same just like K & t and B & V just putting it out there 🙂
Chad Burr wrote:

You must have a signal to use the mobile network. So if you have no bars at your cottage or just ...

I have t internet key and a nexus 4 on k right beside each other t gets full bars 4g and k is in and out 1 bar i think t prioritizes between carriers.
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Hi there Chef... As Chad said, you need minimum 2 bars to have a decent experience when using data, and sometimes even if you see on the coverage map that there is, this could be affected for many reasons like physical obstacles (Trees, walls, mountains, etc). You can always inquiry with Technical Support since you said that the map says you're supposed to be covered, they will tell you exactly what to expect and to see if there is something that can be done. You can always try your sim card on a different device if you have another one, just to see if you will get some...
Camilo_A wrote:

Hi there Chef... As Chad said, you need minimum 2 bars to have a decent experience when using dat...

thanks, Ill try my other unlocked phone good idea
I hate to sound silly, but try climbing a tree with the phone to see if you get coverage a little higher.. (No, don't have to stay in the tree to use your phone) I bought a repeater for my cottage (Wi-ex.com, model yx545 soho) it has an antenna with 75' of cable that I mounted in the tree above my cottage. It takes that signal and repeats it inside the house, in essence making itself a little cell tower.. best $250 I ever spent..
Thanks ill consider that, but like i said walk out the door perfect signal walk inside no signal unless I'm pressed up against a window and even then its only 1 bar
Hey Andy; Do you live in a bunker or in a faraday cage? 😉
Metal roof at the cottage?? Andy, then this is the perfect solution for you.. I have the same at home (metal roof) and that's how I thought to bring the repeater with me to the cottage. I get 4 bars outside the house, zero inside. This will definitely help you out.. (and you won't have to mount the antenna way up in the tree, just mount it anywhere you can get an egress point out of the cottage)
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Marcel in O-Town wrote:

Metal roof at the cottage?? Andy, then this is the perfect solution for you.. I have the same ...

Lol doesn't even having a cell phone at the cottage defeat the purpose of having a cottage?
Marcel in O-Town wrote:

Metal roof at the cottage?? Andy, then this is the perfect solution for you.. I have the same ...

ya, it kinda does, except when you are on call and need to tether the latop to the phone to fix a problem.
standard wood shingle roof no trees over the roof either
Something like this could help too - http://www.wilsonamplifierstore.com/media/pdf/815226-specs.pdf I'm looking at getting one to test out here in my boat on the lake where we run out of signal. It might make you less mobile in the cabin, but it should get your signal inside without problem.
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For a stationary installation, I would recommend this product from Wilson. http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/store/display/178/46/ag-soho-65
rikkster wrote:

For a stationary installation, I would recommend this product from Wilson. http://www.wilsonel...

Not cheap - $400US+shipping
rikkster wrote:

For a stationary installation, I would recommend this product from Wilson. http://www.wilsonel...

wi-ex unit is around 250..
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rikkster wrote:

For a stationary installation, I would recommend this product from Wilson. http://www.wilsonel...

Agreed on being pricey, but the quality can't be beat. Wilson's a reputable company that's been in business for over four decades, company I work for uses Wilson products exclusively. http://www.wilsonamplifiers.com/wilson-841263-db-pro-65db-home-signal-booster-kit-w-yagi-antenna-multi-user-wireless/
Remember that Koodo doesn't guarantee indoor service.

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