11-06-2019 11:46 PM
I am looking to put in a cell phone extender(have no cell coverage in my trailer, but I do have the internet). Since ATT no longer supplies/sells the MicroCell, what brand/model would you suggest?
I have tried using WiFi calling, with limited success. Many times(especially on incoming calls), the call will suddenly end about a minute in... Plus, too many times the settings on my phone get changed and I have to go into settings and enable WiFi calling.
I am using a 4G LG Phoenix 4 phone(refuse to get an iPhone). Family members have MicroCells, and my phone works fine on that system.
Any help would be appreciated? Or, is there another alternative available?
Thanks in advance!!!
11-07-2019 8:26 AM
@EMSMercenary - if you can get at least 1-2 bars of cellular signal then a cellular booster may work (see my Cellular Booster Guide, link is in my sig line). A MicroCell, even if you could find a used one on eBay that has been deactivated probably wouldn't work in your situation anyway. You need to have a land-based internet service (DSL, cable, or fiber) and a post paid AT&T cellular account. Being as you live in a trailer, getting the GPS coordinates to match the physical address of the MicroCell might be difficult so activation would be an issue.
If your phone keeps changing settings then that's a phone issue. There are other phones that are more robust and reliable in the Android world so you might want to look into those.
Either figure out WiFi-C doesn't work and why your phone keeps changing settings at home or invest in a cellular booster.
11-08-2019 10:02 AM
11-08-2019 10:21 AM
@EMSMercenary - your phone should be able to throttle down to 3G. I think a cellular booster, like some of the examples given in my Cellular Booster Guide would be better, but maybe you’ll have good luck with the Amazon product as long as it adequately covers AT&T’s 3G bands.
11-08-2019 8:35 PM
A cellular booster, not an extender, is exactly what I meant...
I just found your guide, am looking it over now.
Here is the reason I was asking about the 3G booster... https://www.amazon.com/Microcell-Wireless-Signal-Booster-Antenna/dp/B004F1F9P6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1GU56...
Any other microcell(they are "renewed") are over $300.
Only other ones I see are those that require installing an external "aerial" type setup.
I'm in a Katrina type trailer, with 50mbs wireless internet and cell bars vary between 0 and 2. Had a very similar situation at my Dad's next door(brick home, but with one of those metal roofs.) I installed it with the Microcell(which Dad talked ATT into giving him for free) next to the window until it got a signal and activated, then moved it under the desk and closer to the computer modem.
Hope this helps clarify what I was looking for.
Thanks in advance for your assistance!
11-08-2019 10:18 PM
@EMSMercenary - the MicroCell can work at times with wireless broadband but is not reliable and has never been supported by AT&T or us. AT&T even says as much in their literature, so I would not recommend a MicroCell for your situation. You can find them on eBay, and even if they’ve been properly deactivated if you have issues with them on a sat/wireless broadband connection, you are on your own. If you don’t want to invest in a cellular booster, and WiFi-C doesn’t work for you (possibly related to wireless broadband) then you might want to consider switching to a carrier who offers better coverage in your area. Harsh I know but that’s the reality of it.