Always poor reception when using my blackberry smartphone in the basement.

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When ever I use my blackberry curve 9300 smartphone in the basement it has very poor reception when talking on the phone. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, is there a better blackberry with better reception?
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Lori Smith

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The fact that you're in a basement may be the issue. A lot of things can affect cellular signal and concrete is one of them.
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Blackberry generally has very strong radios, I would think location is the issue as well. The 9300 is a 3G device, you could try an updated device that supports LTE and perhaps get a bit stronger signal (depending on where you're located of course). The Q5 comes to mind...
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LTE won't help when talking on the phone though, Koodo only uses LTE for data.
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Ah good point.
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Another option might be a signal booster, you might want to shop around first because these things can get pricey, but they're worth the investment.

http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Produc...
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Honestly, this is because you're in a basement. Imagine any signal trying to get ton you must now also penetrate your building and the soil around it. However if you feel you must use your phone in the basement you have some options but they will cost you.

1. Get a phone system that connects to your cell via bluetooth for when you're home. This way you can leave your BlackBerry up stairs and have it ring on all the extensions in your home. Put one extension in the basement. For example one of the Mobile Masters has this: http://bit.ly/19Zu002

2. Invest in a Wilson signal repeater. This device can be installed on your home and amplifies cell signals.
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Keep in mind that your phone wont work at all by 2015 as Telus / koodo is shutting down the CDMA network your present phone works on. So just plan on upgrading your phone before then to have uninterrupted service ;-)
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The Blackberry 8530 was the only CDMA device sold through Koodo, so anyone using this device should consider upgrading.
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Man! Well, I hope they still have the LG A341 or some other simple talk & text phone in 2015.
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From what I'm reading the CDMA shutdown affects subscribers in western Canada; "TELUS will be discontinuing EVDO data service on the CDMA network in all of BC and AB (excluding Edmonton and Calgary)".There's no mention of northern Ontario or Manitoba... yet.
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The article underneath says that there's a part that states that the whole network will be gone in 2015, but I don't think I entirely buy that. Seems like conjecture to me.

I think that the data going is no biggie, and probably that's the only plan, but they had better set up a full HSPA network to match the CDMA one if they do intend to shut it down.
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I believe that's the plan.
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Everyone is correct - basements tend to have poorer signal reception.

However, your experience can vary dramatically from phone brand and model. There is absolutely no way to know what phone (if any) will provide you with better reception other than actually truing it for yourself.

If you have any friends/family on Koodo or Telus (or even Bell or Virgin, depending on your area, as Bell and Telus share towers in certain parts of the country), compare their reception to yours.
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I've Had This Issue With My iPhone And For Me It Depends On My Location. I've Had The iPhone 5 Since Its Launch And Was Also With Other Major Providers In Which I Had Full LTE In My Basement And Upstairs. Now With Koodo, I Have No Reception In My Basement Or Upstairs Of My House Resulting In Dropped Calls.
As Much As It Can Depend On Your Basement And Phone, It Does Ultimately Depend On The Strength And Coverage Of The Provider As Well.

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