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Old 09-18-2006, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering is there any way of getting signal on my blackberry other than through the wirless network. I had an idea that there might be a device that you plug into your phone line at used the telephone lines as signal catchers and you have a attena that subits the signal.

Just a thought as i am a bit annoyed that i cant get signal on T Mobile where i live!!

Anyone seen a device like that or knows how to make one mabye?
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Old 09-18-2006, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are signal boosters (depending on how far out of coverage you are) that will boost the signal in your location. SOme can be very pricy but a search on Google will yield many helpful items.
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Anyone seen a device like that or knows how to make one mabye?
Yes. It's called a Cingular Blackberry.



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Yes. It's called a Cingular Blackberry.



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The above fixed my signal problem with Nextel. I have 3 bars with Cingular where Nextel had zero!
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There is a way using the Desktop Manager if your computer is on the internet to route the data traffic thru the computer to the internet rather than thru the cellular network. When I was setting up my company's initial set of BB's, RIM Tech Support showed me how to do it to save a lot of time.

Unfortunately, I don't remember how to do it, as I don't need the desktop manager anymore due to Enterprise Activation.
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Old 09-19-2006, 08:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I was wondering is there any way of getting signal on my blackberry other than through the wirless network. I had an idea that there might be a device that you plug into your phone line at used the telephone lines as signal catchers and you have a attena that subits the signal.

Just a thought as i am a bit annoyed that i cant get signal on T Mobile where i live!!

Anyone seen a device like that or knows how to make one mabye?
This is exacly why I switched to Cingular. Check into which carriers have the best coverage where you live. This is also why everyone recommends purchasing based on carrier coverage and not on device offerings or service pricing. Nothing really matters if you don't get a signal where you need it.

That said, TMO is supposedly working on a device to provide WiFi based coverage over a broadband connection but you'll need a new device designed to use this technology when GSM/GPRS/EDGE isn't available.

A repeater is an option if you have good reception outdoors but poor reception indoors. However, the cheap repeaters start at $300+. Might as well pay the ETF, IMO.

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Originally Posted by Tri-Tip
There is a way using the Desktop Manager if your computer is on the internet to route the data traffic thru the computer to the internet rather than thru the cellular network. When I was setting up my company's initial set of BB's, RIM Tech Support showed me how to do it to save a lot of time.

Unfortunately, I don't remember how to do it, as I don't need the desktop manager anymore due to Enterprise Activation.
As I recall this only works if you have a BES and the Device Manager can 'see' the BES from the network your PC is on. I could be wrong (hope so)...
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Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry7130/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/123)

I live in the uk ànd I'm with tmobile and I don't know what Nextel and Cingular are could someone please explain
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the best way for an explanation is to check their websites.

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Old 09-21-2006, 11:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Cingular is a gsm network similar to that of tmo. Nextel not quite sure of there network igen I think but if not then they are goin to cdma since sprint bought them out. Well anyway these are service providers in the states. Hope it helps and hey have a good day lates bro bye
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The next version of the 8700 (8800 ?) is supposed to have some of the features of the suretype 8100 and is rumored to add wifi. You might want to wait it out for that device.

If this is a work account, simply wait it out.

If this is a personal device, hopefully you are still within your 2-week trial period so you can send the device and service back. Maybe you can sit on a pre-paid account until the 8800 appears (or just sign up for a year service with someone else).

Do you get any service at all outside of your house or near your windows?
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