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Old 09-24-2009, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my 1st Blackberry. Its the 9630 tour. Signal in my house is very poor. I am thinking of getting the NETWORK EXTENDER but for 250 dollars I have a few questions.
1st...will it permit data transfer such as web browsing or is it for voice calling only.
2nd...Does it work well enough? The claim is 40 feet. If I leave the 40 foot coverage area the tower will pick up the call with out a problem according to literature. When I go back inside the house (with in the extenders area)will the call drop?
3...Can I get my tours WIFI turned on? I am with Verizon wireless. I see others post that with AT&T the WIFI is activated. Is this what a LOCKED unlocked phone is all about?
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Att does not have a tour... And your phone does not have wifi


As for the extender, I have one and found that it works pretty good, but mounting the antenna high enough is usually an issue
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If you're talking femtocells, they work through your home network connection, but broadcast on the cellular radio frequencies, not over WiFi. If you complain enough about awful signal strength in your home sometimes your carrier will give you one for free. At least Sprint does this. No monthly usage fee either if you get it to solve a complaint. Placement of the unit is key, and with no major obstructions you can extend your signal 40 feet or more. When you leave the femtocell area your device should automatically pick up a signal from a cell tower. You would only drop a call if, upon leaving the range of the femtocell, there was no signal for your device to pick up.

I've used WiFi Network Extenders before, and they do exactly what they say - extend the size of your WiFi coverage area. Like dankarlinski said, this doesn't apply to a Tour user because the Tour simply doesn't have WiFi. The Tour 2 will have it, but there has been no announcement about a firm release date for any carrier. "Some time in 2010" is about all I've heard.

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I will try and weasel a free one out of them. I have a total of 5 users here at home and we gotta go stand out in the driveway to get decent reception. We joke about wrapping tinfoil around our heads like Joaquin Phoenix in "Signs".

Will this handle DATA as well as voice?
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Will this handle DATA as well as voice?
Yup. It creates a new "mini-tower" in your house. You will get all the normal services.

To get a femtocell for free you might have to threaten to move all your lines to another carrier due to lack of service at home.
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