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8703user 08-18-2009 10:50 AM

Moving from Sprint to AT&T - Compatibility Question
In our building here at work, Sprint installed a repeater with antennas on every floor to boost the signal to all the Sprint phones. My question is, if Sprint leaves the antennas and cable in place (seems like they'd have to since this is semi-permanently installed) and only took the repeater box, would this cable and antennas be compatible with AT&T Wireless phones? This would assume that AT&T could bring in their own box to connect to the cable that feeds the antennas. Know what I mean? Let me know if you have any questions. What do you think?

penguin3107 08-18-2009 11:09 AM

AT&T's wireless technology is completely different than Sprint's.
I sincerely doubt the Sprint equipment would function for AT&T.

Without knowing any specifics of the equipment you are referring to, it's nearly impossible to give you a definite answer.

8703user 08-18-2009 11:13 AM

Sorry I couldn't be more specific. All I know is there's an antenna on the top of the building that receives the signal. This has a cable that runs down to the box on the top floor that then boosts the signal and send it out over a large coax cable that is connected to many antennas in the building. The coax just branches out with antennas along the way. My assumption was that at least the coax itself me be ok for AT&T but the antennas and other equipment may not be. Does that sound realistic?

penguin3107 08-18-2009 11:17 AM

I really haven't the slightest idea.
Antennas are typically designed for a specific frequency and/or wireless technology.
I still think it won't work.

8703user 08-18-2009 11:21 AM

Right, I was also thinking the antennas themselves may not work, but the cable is just the medium for the signal to get to the antennas and I would think (don't know for sure though) the antennas could be replaced along with the box/repeater with something new from AT&T. Hopefully...

rambo47 08-18-2009 03:13 PM

The lines could be used if you changed the hardware on both ends. New antennas, new signal boosters, etc.

SueWNY 08-26-2009 05:30 AM

It won't work. Sprint is CDMA, AT&T is GSM. Different technologies, networks and frequencies.

NJBlackBerry 08-26-2009 07:09 AM

Sue - read the thread from the top. Please.

SueWNY 08-26-2009 07:39 AM


Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry (Post 1459036)
Sue - read the thread from the top. Please.

I did, thank you. He wants to know if the repeater equipment, minus the actual repeater box, used for their Sprint service can also be used for AT&T. What exactly is your problem with me? I assure you I know how to read and have for 35 years.

NJBlackBerry 08-26-2009 07:42 AM

He wants to reuse the cable. Not the repeaters. Re-read (since yo can read) post #5. The part about " the antennas could be replaced along with the box/repeater with something new from AT&T."

My problem is you repeated something that wasn't the answer to he question. 'nuff said. Bye.

barbwyr 08-28-2009 02:47 AM

Compatibilty aside...the odds are AT&T would not use the existing cables as they will want to install all their own equipment because their pricing for such instillations include the cost(and profit) for equipment. They would also be opening themselves up to support issues since they did not do a typical install of their system. It's similar to when Time Warner installs cable. They always replace existing cables that do not represent their current instalation standards with new ones so they can tell you that issues with service must be something outside their control.

JCH01 08-30-2009 09:17 AM

Sprint in most areas use 1900Mhz channels. ATT in SOME areas has 1900Mhz channels. The antennas might be able to be used but the outdoor antenna would most likely would need to be aimed at an ATT site (assuming you can see one). Most of the indoor antennas we use are Full band meaning they work from 700Mhz to 2500Mhz. They look like smoke detectors. If you are thinking about installing your own repeater and kicking them out, 1st you must have a waver from ATT to install your own repeater, (there will be a lot of discussion about this but that is the law) 2nd you must buy approved ATT equipment, (right now I think there are only two) 3rd real repeaters cost over $5000.00. Will ATT pay for it? If you have a business case you can talk it over with a rep and they will make a decission based on return on investment. Do not listen to the multiple replies about go buy one on line for $300.00. They are part of the reason ATT has issues on UMTS and you place your company at risk of a $10,000.00 fine from the FCC. Good luck.

The_conductor 08-30-2009 11:05 PM

Why did u leave sprint

Socialblackberry 08-30-2009 11:25 PM

att&t uses gsm
verizon uses CDMA- code division multiple access

i do not think these data transmissions are similar

JSanders 08-30-2009 11:35 PM


Originally Posted by Socialblackberry (Post 1462268)
att&t uses gsm
verizon uses CDMA- code division multiple access

i do not think these data transmissions are similar

Ya reckon not?

convex20899 09-03-2009 09:28 AM

Again, Why did you leave Sprint. They are superior in AT$T in many, many ways.

NJBlackBerry 09-03-2009 09:39 AM

Particularly in their international service.

NJBlackBerry 11-21-2009 09:09 PM


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