Cell Phone Signal Booster

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by ParkMom, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. ParkMom

    ParkMom Member

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    Hello! I have a question for any parents/cadets who have had cell phone reception issues. DS has always been in Vandy, and in two previous years, we haven't had any issues with ATT in his room. Now....he switched squads and his reception is spotty, to put it mildly, while in his room. Took 5 dropped/garbled calls to communicate plans for PW. Not the first time this happened since the squadron switch.

    Does anyone have any experience with a signal booster for the room? Are they allowed?

    We have been pleased with ATT for the most part, and just re-upped our family plan on which DS is included so switching is not an option right now.

    Thanks!
     
  2. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    One of my sons had trouble when he lived on the back side of Sijan but he was allowed to use his cell phone only on Sunday afternoons then so he went down to that Lounge on the first floor.

    Can't speak to signal boosters other than leave the room and find a place where reception is better.
     
  3. Christcorp

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    There are number of different types of boosters. I actually use quite a few of the. It's sort of part of my job. The least expensive is about $75-$100. The best way to use it is to but your phone it it's cradle, plug in the power, put the antenna on something metal(it's magnetic), and use a Bluetooth headset. They work pretty well. There are much better ones, but they can cost upward of $300-$500. The only brand I recommend is "Wilson". Just google search for Wilson cell boosters. Make sure you get the right one. There is a difference between one for verizon and one for AT&T.
     
  4. ParkMom

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    Thanks Christcorp. Looked into those, and was kinda surprised at the cost. :eek:
    Guess I was hoping for an antenna he could stick to his window for about $9.98. The car cradle might be an viable option since he now has his car and can use it for the hands free capability as well...
     
  5. Christcorp

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    These are real boosters. The $9 items are snake oil. The car one I mentioned can be used in the dorm. Just plug a wall wart instead of a cigarette adapter. They cell the AC adapter for it. They do work well. Just find where the best signal is and use a Bluetooth headset and leave the phone where the best signal is.
     
  6. the tone

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    The whole area of Colorado Springs is considered as one of the top 5 worst areas in the country, and those mountains aren't helping. My cadet sometimes has to walk outside, just to get reception. And I agree with the earlier post that the best boosters are going to cost ya.
     

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