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Old 11-05-2008, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got my bold yesterday and am running into a problem at my house. The signal runs usually from -87 to -90 and I am staying in EDGE most of the time. It will switch to 3G sometimes but doesn't stay there very long. I'm considering getting a signal booster( looking at the ZBoost YX510) and am wondering if anyone has any experience with these or other signal boosters.

Is my lack of 3G a signal problem? I'm thinking it is but I'm new to this. What would be the minimum signal for a reliable 3G connection? Thanks
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Uhmm, well, isn't that what WiFi is for???????

I have great 3G reception in my house [5 bars], but I choose to run it off my network. Haven't ran a speed test, but the WiFi is sure to be faster / less congested than ATT's 3G, no?????
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Uhmm, well, isn't that what WiFi is for???????

I have great 3G reception in my house [5 bars], but I choose to run it off my network. Haven't ran a speed test, but the WiFi is sure to be faster / less congested than ATT's 3G, no?????
This is exactly the tact that I'm taking. While at home, might as well hop onto the WiFi bandwidth. Performance, of course, is lightning quick and it's great to have in hand while not at my computer.

As far as signal boosters, all of the anecdotal comments I've been hearing are that they are simply gimmicks. It'd be nice to see some real world "tests" or reviews as it relates to the BB.
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Uhmm, well, isn't that what WiFi is for???????

I have great 3G reception in my house [5 bars], but I choose to run it off my network. Haven't ran a speed test, but the WiFi is sure to be faster / less congested than ATT's 3G, no?????
Uhmm,well if that were an option it would be ,but since I live in the country(out in the sticks in back in the day venacular) it is not.

I'm at work now which is in Little Rock and I am getting solid 3G at -81 so it looks like I just need a bit more signal at the crib.

I believe I will get the signal booster from a place that I will be able to return it if it doesn't work out. I'll update on my experiment as soon as I can. Thanks for the input.
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Or does it default to Wifi if you're connected? Thanks - John
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Or does it default to Wifi if you're connected? Thanks - John
I'm fairly certain it uses WiFi if it is there. That's been my experience thus far and of course it is lightning quick with regards to accessing web content.
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I noticed 3 of 2G 8xxx phones next to the Bold showed 1 or 2 bars, but the Bolds 3G registered a Full 4 bars.

As far as Boosters go, we have 4 kinds. Once was $1000 and came with what is know as leaky coax cable to soak up the Cellular signals then boost with HUGE GAINS. The others were between $150 and $300 and came with non-leaky coax and small little antenas. MAYBE added 1db.
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