Cell booster recommendation

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by TyWahn, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. TyWahn macrumors 6502

    TyWahn

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    My iPhone has terrible reception at my home — even though I am in "good" surrounded by "best" on the coverage map —*and it is our primary phone. It is pretty much useless to even try to have a conversation.
    I have seen mentions of cell repeater/boosters and wanted to know if somebody has first-person experience with one.

    Thanks as always.
     
  2. iTiki macrumors 6502

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    Maui, Hawaii
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    I had the same problem, had to go outside to get good cell reception. Solved the problem by installing a zBOOST YX510 repeater. How you set it up inside (finding the sweet spot for the base unit) will greatly effect its performance. Once dailed in, it works perfectly. I now have good recpection throughout my house and no dropouts. Bought it on Amazon for about $280.

    Mike
     
  3. TyWahn thread starter macrumors 6502

    TyWahn

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    Thanks Mike. I was looking at that the 500 which is the PCS model working in the 1900 Mhz range ... It is only $200.
    I will go with that unless there is a reason to get the 510 which works in 800-1900 Mhz.
    Thanks again for your reply.
     
  4. daigled macrumors newbie

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    hey there, glad I found this thread ... I'm also having a problem with the reception of my iPhone. Right now I am stationed at a military base in MS and the rooms are like cell blocks. When I go outside of my room I have signal, but when I'm inside it, I have zero reception.

    I was looking at the suggestions made here in this thread, specifically at the http://cgi.ebay.com/zBoost-YX500-PC...ryZ20380QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    How do I know this will work with my phone? I'm not sure what I need to be looking for, as far as Mhz requirements etc.

    Also, could either of you give me a short, short of how these things work? Just plug in to an outlet and that's it?

    Sorry for so many questions
     
  5. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

    skinnylegs

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    San Diego
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    I've had my iPhone since day one and I love it. However, I may have to ditch it because I do the vast majority of my work at home now and my house is essentially in a dead zone for at&t. I normally get 0-1 bars but on occasion, and in the "sweet spot," I get 2 - occasional 3 bars.

    Here are my questions......

    1. Will any of these advertised reception boosters work in my situation?
    2. I have a 1st generation iPhone. Might I get better reception with a 3G?

    I hope there is a workaround that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg because I *really* don't want to go to Verizon and give up my iPhone.

    Thanks!
     

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