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Old 07-17-2011, 09:50 PM   #1
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cell phone boosters

anyone out here know of a cell phone booster that can actually work in a 5th wheel...ive been looking them up on the net and am more confused than ever..any information would be appreciated...thank you all

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Old 07-17-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
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Times 2. I would love to know if they work also.


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Old 07-18-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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The one from Verizon works. I camp in private spot, no cell phone service. A 1/2 mile down the road, there is service. The guy just down the street, put a booster in his house, and he has service. all around his house now. I have to walk 100 yeards to be able to get his signal.

Now I said it works, but if you are where there is no cell service for 20 miles, I doubt it will help you. The ones I have checked on help in "fringe" areas. Since it plugs in the wall, and is not on battery, it has a more powerful receiver and transmitter in it. Hope that makes sense.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:19 AM   #4
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They certainly do work if you're on fringe areas. I have seen them used in cabins, boats, etc. The good ones have a small indoor antenna, an electronic booster, and an outside antenna you mount someplace high. Once installed there is nothing to do on your phone, and more then one phone can take advantage of it. You just need to make sure your phone's frequency/band is supported by the booster.

The tricky part we ran into on small installations (80' boats) was getting enough separation between the indoor antenna and outside external antenna. When placed too close together you get a feedback effect. Which ticks off the cellular company cause it jams up their tower. (you may get a friendly visit like we did)

I see now there are new products that are self contained, I can't comment on those...
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:25 AM   #5
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Living in the sticks in central NY I had to do some research. What I found was to make use of a booster you first need to be able to get signal. You cant boost what does not exist. I had to climb on the roof with my phone to try to get at least one bar of signal. I could not. I finally had to get Verizons range extender which uses GPS and the internet to get 5 bars in the house and around the house perimeter. But I guess this would not be possible camping with no internet. But if you can get even a weak signal, the boosters do work !!
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:42 AM   #6
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what about the 12v systems that they use in trucks that have an external antennae? they connect with blue tooth or have a cradle for a specific phone model.

I know when working as a land surveyor that in the trucks those were a lifesaver! on a 2 man crew neither of us could get service in the valleys but as soon as you put the cell in the cradle you had 3-4 bars and could make a clear telephone call. I know they are not cheap but they are worth it for safety reasons and that is why they have them.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:24 PM   #7
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I've heard good things about Wilson Electronics but haven't use one myself. They have a full line of mobile and wired solutions.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:55 PM   #8
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thanks alot for all the replys on the cell phone booster..we have the z-boost in the house and it does actually work..about 450 dollars...i saw the one from verizon and am kinda leaning that way...wilson has some good boosters too yes...ill probably go with the verizon seeing that thats the service we have...booster was 150 dollars but was told yesterday that he'd take off 50 all of you ...thanks
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I've heard good things about Wilson Electronics but haven't use one myself. They have a full line of mobile and wired solutions.

I have a Wilson system set up in my truck. The unit I chose has a an antenna outside and inside and an amp in between. When we are driving, I drive, and my DW works on her laptop and cell phone during the trip, as she is a full time work at home person who needs 100% connectivity.

We did switch to Verizon to get better coverage from Sprint, and have found that the system typically gives a 2 bar boost to the broadband or phone signal.

There is no reason that the system couldn't be set up in the RV. When in the RV, we have been lucky. Here braodband card has a direct antenna input(which is rare) and she just connects the receiving antenna to the braodband card and often thats all that's needed.

BTW, my experience has been that the BIG antenna they offer does not work any better than the little 12 in one.

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Old 07-21-2011, 03:26 PM   #10
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try CellPhone Mate

CellPhone Mate is recognized as leading mfgr. of amps. They even have 4G stuff now.


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