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How to BOOST DATA RECEPTION in rural (weak signal) areas?


I tried koodo with a $150 Samsung phone in rural PEI. I was about 3 miles from nearest tower, and had good phone service BUT only spotty data. I'd lose the internet every couple of minutes. QUESTION: What antennas could I use on my roof to receive, boost, and transmit GOOD data around and into my house?

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Hi Russell, the first thing is to check if we have a good coverage in your area: http://koo.do/JbHkbm. If we do, there might be a problem with data specifically on your phone/account. You can give our technical support a call at 1-866-995-6636 from another phone, #6, and we'll have a look into it. Some members of the community also offered some options about boosters on these links: http://koo.do/KgQyUY, http://koo.do/18TS9f0 & http://koo.do/19zEQvd. Thank you! ________________________ If you see a good answer, give it a star.
Koodo tech dept tried everything, even a new phone...to no avail. We all concluded I was about 1 km too far from the tower because my neighbour about 1 km from me towards the tower has excellent service. I have 1 to 3 bars inside. I see products for sale that claim they can boost 1 or 2 bar reception to 2 to 4 bars. Reviews say they will boost but NOT if original signal is too weak. ue 1 bar and less.
does anyone know if these products work? they look like printed circuits that fit inside the back cover of the phone.
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Russell, these do NOT work. It's the placebo effect at work. Don't waste even a buck on these.

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Also, even if you buy a REAL booster (not cheap), it may not work in your case. Usually, they're used to relay signal inside houses/buildings that somehow block wireless signals because of the building materials they used. But for these to work, signal still has to be somewhat useable when outside the building. If your current reception is bad even when outside with the phone, the booster may not have much to amplify and may end up not giving expected results. A weak signal has a lower SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) than a good one, so when you use a booster to amplify these low SNR signals, you not only boost the signal, but the noise too. It's ultimately that noise that makes even the amplified signal unuseable. In any case, a professional telecom installer/reseller should be able to give you the answers you are looking for. It likely won't be cheap though.
Noi cheap ...thats right; so it makes more sense to stick with an old fashioned land line until new towers. Thanks for the information.
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Russell Clive Keirstead wrote:

Noi cheap ...thats right; so it makes more sense to stick with an old fashioned land line until n...

You're welcome!
On u-tube I watched a guy demonstrate how to connect a fine wire of a certain length to the phone as an external antenna. When I went to do this on the Samsung, I could not find the requisite receiver hole to plug into.
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Russell Clive Keirstead wrote:

On u-tube I watched a guy demonstrate how to connect a fine wire of a certain length to the phon...

Can you post the URL to the video? I'm curious to see what it looks like.
Russell Clive Keirstead wrote:

On u-tube I watched a guy demonstrate how to connect a fine wire of a certain length to the phon...

it was a month ago. i think i did a google search under "make your own cell phone antenna" or something like that.

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