Low cell signal at house

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I get very low signal at my house. So bad that I cannot make phone calls because the service gets dropped. I may have to change companies. Will Koodo supply a signal extender? I am within your coverage zone.
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Posted 1 year ago

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David, Mobile Master

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No, but you can buy one yourself. Coverage is not guaranteed, event within the mapped (approximate) coverage zone, due to the physics of radio transmissions.

Telus offers Wi-Fi calling for iPhone users, which may be a better solution than buying an amplifier.
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I can buy one myself!  These masters are good!
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Or there is also the option of moving!  I'm joking.  What kind of phone do you have, maybe my suggestion below will help!

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It's free advice. If you want the $60 / hour advice you might receive a different answer (or not).
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go into your cellular settings, look for something that says "preferred network", and see if LTE/WCDMA/GSM is checked.  If it is, uncheck it and leave 3G or WCDMA/GSM checked.  That might improve your signal.

Hope that helps!

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Thanks for the advice! I will check that out.
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I have the iphone 7.  Can't find the "preferred network" in cellular settings.  However I did find Cellular data options and "enable LTE" was on.  Should I turn that off?
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You can try turning off LTE in that portion of settings, which will force the phone to 3G.
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Take a look here and see where the closest tower is to your house. You can decide from there wether it be best to get a signal extender, go with another company, etc.

http://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html
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Can anyone recommend a good home cellphone home booster from ebay or Amazon that works for telus/koodo and share the link i live quite away from the cellphone tower but get 1bar depends where i stand in the house if i get up on the roof probably get two bars
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Can anyone recommend a good home cellphone home booster from ebay or Amazon that works for telus/koodo and share the link i live quite away from the cellphone tower but get 1bar depends where i stand in the house if i get up on the roof probably get two bars
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This one seems to be the most affordable option that's well-reviewed:

https://www.amazon.ca/zBoost-YX545-Signal-Booster-Office/dp/B003VOW5WI/ref=sr_1_7?s=wireless&ie=...

However, you do need to be able to place it somewhere that does get good reception in the house. If you have no such spot, then no booster will help you.
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I would also consider buying it with the Yagi antenna option.

However, $300 plus will buy a lot of months of Telus service with Wi-Fi calling.
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@Mike: If you get good cell reception on Koodo's network outside, but poor reception indoors, then a booster is your best bet. Best option would be a serious one where one antenna is outside (or in your attic), then the other antenna (connected via coax to the first one) is on your ceiling (or indoor wall).

You should get at least 3 out of 4 bars outside for reception, otherwise wifi calling may be your best bet.

As an alternative to Telus (and their expensive plans), you could register your number with Google Hangouts. Using the Hangouts Dialer app, you can make outbound calls (unlimited Can&US calling) using your Koodo number for outbound call display. Mind you, this won't cover inbound calls.

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WeBoost formerly Wilson Electronics offers cellular signal boosters.

https://www.weboost.ca/

https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=weboost

Placement of the outdoor antenna is key. This is how the signal is brought into the booster and thus amplified throughout your home. The fact that you have one or possibly two bars to work with is a good start. I've installed two older model Wilson boosters a few years back that are still working to this day.  

Choosing the right antenna: Omni-directional antennas provide 360-degrees of coverage which helps if there are multiple cell towers nearby. Directional (Yagi) antennas focus on a narrower field, (45 to 90 degrees), allowing this type of antenna to reach farther than omni-directional antennas and pull in more signal. 

Directional antennas are recommended for remote, rural areas provided that you know where the nearest cell tower is located, (see Allan's link above). As the name implies, a directional antenna must be pointed in the direction of the cell tower.

The price? Not cheap. Best to look at this as an investment that will pay for itself over time. If going with Ivan's suggestion and as David advises, I would look into getting the optional Yagi antenna. The higher the dBi, (or antenna gain), the more efficient the antenna's performance and the farther the range of the antenna will operate. Two versions are offered (11 dBi & 15 dBi).

https://www.amazon.ca/zBoost-YX026-Directional-Outdoor-Antenna/dp/B001CTJIK6/ref=pd_bxgy_107_2?_enco...
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