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Cellular Antenna Question

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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   SethH



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Posted July 25 2004 - 05:28 PM

Hi, I have a Nokia 3595 GSM phone that uses SunCom (AT&T). I just moved into a new place and I can only get reception in certain parts of the house. This is really annoying me. I used to have an external antenna for an old Panasonic phone I had, but I've searched on Google and can't find a similar antenna for this phone. So I had another idea . . . are there antennas available which act as repeaters. For instace, could I buy an antenna that would be in my attic or on my roof which would then act as a repeater and/or amplifier so I could get signal throughout the house? Also, what frequency band does the AT&T (now Cingular) GSM network use?

#2 of 6 OFFLINE   Craig Robertson

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Posted July 26 2004 - 09:05 AM

a cheap bi-directional amplifier will run about $800 for just the amp, then tack on antennas cables and labor you're at at least $1500. you may be able to get by without an amp and just run passive by just running a cable between the two antennas without the amp, but you wouldn't know until you tried.

#3 of 6 OFFLINE   DustinDT



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Posted July 27 2004 - 02:29 AM

I believe that Cingular uses the 850 MHZ band. You can get an amp/repeater from either of these 2 sites.




#4 of 6 OFFLINE   SethH



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Posted July 27 2004 - 07:15 AM

Thanks for the links. I have SunCom which is (was?) AT&T wireless. They switched over to GSM (1900MHz) about a year ago. Then Cingular bought AT&T wireless, so I'm still using GSM, but I don't know what the future will hold.

Anyway, I thought maybe there'd be a way to do this fairly inexpensively, but the cheapest amplifier I've found was $200+ and then I'd have to buy two antennas and cables for it all on top of that.

So now I'll tack on another question. My phone (Nokia 3595) does not have a place to attach an external antenna. I found this product which claims to work for hooking up an external antenna and I'd like to get some thoughts on whether or not it would actually work. Here's the link:

Scroll to the bottom of it to the Universal Patch Mount. I seems like it could work, but I'm not sure how well, so any information would be greatly appreciated.

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   CalvinCarr


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Posted July 27 2004 - 07:52 AM

What about the type that people mount to the exterior of their car windows? There are no wires and I have heard it acts as a repeater. Maybe get one and stick it to a window? I recently switched to GSM from att. I hate it over the tdma but the cost of having 4 phones was much cheaper. I just hope they get better coverage soon.

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   SethH



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Posted July 27 2004 - 08:10 AM

I haven't seen any that act as repeaters. All the ones I've seen have a wire running into the car somewhere. If you could point me to one that is a repeater that would be perfect for me!