3G micro cell to the rescue

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  1. showguy

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    After 4 years if frustrating dropped calls in a marginal ATT coverage area I am finally complete. I installed the ATT 3g micro cell today and man what a difference. Full bars all over the house and parts of outside. No dropped calls. People think I am on a land line. Actually I am, the way this works is your call is transfered through the internet to an ATT land line. Crystal clear even while using my bluetooth headset. I know what your thinking, why pay $150.00 to get good service you are already paying for. I work from home, everybody uses my cell phone, my living is made on good cell phone service. This thing really works. Before and after pictures are attached.

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  2. firewire

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    They should be giving these things out for free.
     
  3. joeg679

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    Did you try to call CS and get one sent to you for free? I have read that people have done that and I don't see a reason why we should have to pay 150 to use our phones.
     
  4. showguy

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    Tried that, the problem is I live in a pretty good reception area. My house is 50 years old, brick, with plaster walls and a whole lot of metal trim. You can walk 5 feet out my door and get 3-5 bars, inside a very flucuating weak signal. I tried my best but I had to cave in. At least the phone works perfect inside now. And the voice clarity on both ends is like nothing you ever heard from a common cell signal.
     
  5. joeg679

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    Cool. I may have to get one. I have a feeling that if Verizon DOES get the iPhone, they will be giving them away to try to keep people
     
  6. shupik69

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    So the m-cell works in conjunction with your iPhone 4? I have a co-worker who brought one last week and has told me that his girls 3gs worked perfectly but his iPhone 4 is not playing well with it. If he walks into his next room, bars drop and voices are choppy. I need one bad, my trailor has a magic film that blocks ATT's waves i guess!
     
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  7. Gateway88

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    Works fine with my iPhone 4. Full bars all the time.
     
  8. Perplex

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    isn't there a monthly fee with those? please tell me no , and if not im sold
     
  9. showguy

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    I have the unlimited cell plan so there is no more fees. If you don't have the unlimited plan for your cell you have to by a $20.00 a month micro cell plan.
     
  10. joeg679

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    you can just buy the microcell for a flat 149.00 and not pay a monthly fee or you can pay 30 bucks a month and get the unlimited plan which lets you use you cell phone, within the range of the microcell, unlimited and not use your cell minutes.
     
  11. showguy

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    They told me that the only way you don't pay the monthy fee is if you already have an unlimited data plan like I do.
     
  12. njdevils1986

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    I bought one last week and I did get 5 bars but not consistantly! Voice is horrible, beyond choppy and barely audible. I returned the microcell, not worth it for me.
     
  13. joeg679

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    I called today and they said I wouldn't pay a monthly fee unless I used the macrocell plan. Also if u get that plan, u get a 100 dollar rebate
     
  14. showguy

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    The only thing I notice so far is an ever so slight delay in conversation. That being said the sound quality is great.
     
  15. Gateway88

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    Nope. I got one and do not have the unlimited plan.

    Just make sure before you get one the you can place it 3 feet from a window while having it plugged into your router or computer.
     
  16. showguy

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    Mine is in my basement with no windows. They told me the only reason to put it by the window is it has a gps function that locks in your location and transmits it while making a 911 call. Besides that, no reason to be by the window. Your actual internet connection does all the real work.
     
  17. rollinfromhell

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    So I got told if I have internet from ATT I could get the unlimited for free. Then I heard from someone else that I had to sign up with the internet while I was buying the microcell to get it. I asked the lady why would that be when I have everything with you guys, phone, cable, cell phones, internet, etc? She goes maybe they'll negotiate something with you, so imma try. Because my reception is 0 bars all throughout my neighborhood and theyre telling me i have around 40 towers in my area.
     
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    There is also a $50 rebate if you sign up for att uverse but the lady also told me that I had to sign up at the same time as purchase and I already have it. I'm just going to send in the rebate and see what happens. As far as the microcell goes, I get full bars and don't drop calls that much anymore, but I do have the slight audio delay. It's a little annoying as it makes us step on each others conversation, but I guess the dropped calls were more annoying. The 3g data through the microcell seemed kinda slow the couple times I tried it, but it's not really a big deal since when I'm at home I'm using wifi. Overall worth it for me and I think I'll drop my vonage.
     
  19. Velodog2

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    Hmmmm these are the first "first person" reviews I've heard and the first I've heard of the "delay". I was holding out hope that this was my final, ultimate, transparent, perfect solution to my home reception problems, whenever I could swallow the thought of giving another $150 to ATT. Perhaps not.

    I "love" the irony of my struggle to achieve the perfect phone call from my home - something I took for granted 25 years ago :). I wonder what it was we spent our time struggling with back then. Probably trying to get a weather report, or the newpaper delivered.
     
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