07-11-2011 6:05 PM
About a month ago we were given a Microcell,as a way to fix the almost nonexsistant service in our house. The last straw was a failed call to 911. It was either that or we take 6 lines to another carrier. Once we got it installed and activated poof magic service we never had. All was great.
Fast forward a month. My line was eligible for an upgrade so I upgraded from and Iphone 3gs to the Samsung Infuse. My iphone had a ton of problems but it never failed a call or text on the microcell, the Infuse constantly fails texts, often times I have to try resending it 4+ times te get it to go through.
The other problem is that the phone GPS on my new phone with the microcell is sometimes dead on, sometimes 6 miles off, when its off its in the exact same spot all the time.
After reading something on the web about resetting the microcell address I tried that with no luck. I'm getting irritated at this, I text a lot at home and having to resend them all the time is nonsense.
Any Ideas? I should add that off of the microcell I have not one single issue with my phone.
07-14-2011 5:26 AM
07-16-2011 10:59 AM
07-16-2011 3:19 PM
I havent had a chance to call, yet either, ive been super busy with work. But they were probably pretty sick of me by the time i got the microcell from them. Glad to know this isnt just me, well not glad, but it seems to be an issue with this specific phone and the microcell.
07-19-2011 6:35 PM
07-25-2011 1:45 PM
OK after speaking with ATT I have an answer to our question. Its not the devices at all. Its the fact we have poor signal. The Microcell only works for voice. It does not pass along the SMS or MMS at all. Being this is the case we still fail sending txt because its going off the same poor signal we had to begin with not the 5 bars we see because of the Microcell. I know it sucks but what can we do. Hope this helps.
07-27-2011 8:13 PM - edited 07-27-2011 8:14 PM
OK after speaking with ATT I have an answer to our question. Its not the devices at all. Its the fact we have poor signal. The Microcell only works for voice. It does not pass along the SMS or MMS at all.
That's either a bald-faced lie, or whoever told you that doesn't know what they're talking about. At this point, neither from AT&T would surprise me.
The 3G Microcell offers full 3G connectivity - voice, SMS, and data.
07-28-2011 11:34 AM
07-28-2011 4:09 PM
07-31-2011 11:49 AM
I've been on vacation for the past week. When I get some time I will move my microcell from behind my router and hook it direct to the modem.
The funny thing is I could really care less about the GPS as the phone seems to have other GPS issues aside from through the microcell. But would be nice to map a route in my phone before I leave the house. Out and about when using the gps it takes a while to get a lock and while using any nav apps it seems to get lost alot, or show my location a half block off of the interstate. Another example is the location of photos. For vacation I was on a lake, took a picture from the end of a pier, nothing above but sky. The gps data put me about 2 miles away on the other end of a nearby town.
My old 3GS as well as another brand new 3GS in the house never had a single failed text message from this house either before or after the microcell install. The problem seems to be only with my Infuse, and it happenes as soon as the phone shows the carrier as microcell.
07-31-2011 5:20 PM
I am in the same boat with my infuse. SMS has to be sent 2-3-4 times before it will go through. I cant believe the issue is phone specific.
On another note, I ordered a GPS antenna to mount outside my house to see if I can help with the data issue. Reviews have been very positive.
07-31-2011 5:48 PM
I thought about getting the external antenna for my microcell. Ive come to the conclusion the phones GPS is marginal at best, I spent the day making tweaks that are working for others on XDA. Still the accuracy fails to impress me. When on the interstate the marker will jump off the freeway to roads next to it, then get confused and start jumping around. Similar things happen at stoplights. This is both with google navigation and navigon, they act the same. The worst part about it is I paid quite a bit for a nav app that is no better than the one that comes with the phone.
If I would have had my vid cam with me today I was going to capture the shennanigans.
07-31-2011 7:43 PM - edited 07-31-2011 7:44 PM
The GPS reception on the Microcell is basically a boolean - it either is good enough, or you'll see the GPS light on the Microcell blink.
If you don't see that, then chances are the external GPS antenna won't make the Microcell do anything different. The people who need an external antenna are those trying to make the Microcell work in a basement or in the middle of a house that has a metal roof.
The Microcell's GPS requirements are fairly lax. It basically wants a 2D fix that's plus or minus a quarter mile or so. That's not asking a lot.
08-01-2011 12:10 PM