16-03-2018 05:21 PM
I live in a rural area where reception on my HTC mobile isn't great indoors, so I wish to purchase a signal booster. It's predominently voice reception that I'm interested in. Before you ask, there are reasons why I don't want to use wi-fi !
Most of the more moderately priced signal boosters are single band but I'm not clear on which band/frequency my phone is actually picking up in this particular area (the EE mast is in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, 4Km away from where I live). I know 4G reception is OK as I have an EE home broadband router, the signal for which is enhanced by an external antenna which works great. The mobile is capable of 2/3/4G and displays the connected Mobile Network Type as either LTE or EDGE. Any guidance on the band/frequency used on this particlar mast (or that I'm receiving) would be most appreciated.
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16-03-2018 07:25 PM
16-03-2018 07:43 PM
Lee, many thanks for your response.
Haven't spoken to EE technical support team . . . is there a direct email/online address?
As I mentioned, wi-fi is not a current option, furthermore my (and my wife's) HTC mobile are 2/3 years old, so unless EE come up with an app (as O2 did) we are unable to use wi-fi as an integrated feature. EE indicate that you have to purchase a new mobile through them in order to use this facility. With all 3rd party wi-fi apps it seems that there are additional call charges and no chance of receiving calls on your regular mobile number . . . is that correct?
A boosted phone signal would overcome that issue, hence the enquiry about actual frequencies in my area so that I can be sure of acquiring a suitable signal booster.
Anyway, thanks for your suggestions.
17-03-2018 12:20 AM
EE provides a home femtocell for customers who have a poor signal who cannot use WiFi calling. This may come at a cost depending on circumstances.
There are specific legalities with providing your own signal improvement solutions so make sure you are fully in possession of the most up to date information from Ofcom; sellers' websites are not always truthful.
Location report: Temple St, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5HF
17-03-2018 09:03 AM
Peter, many thanks for your comments and info, much appreciated.
I wasn't sure about the Femtocell (Signal Box) . . . does that send/receive (in the house) mobile signal or is the link to the phone via wi-fi . . . in which case I'm back to where I started. If the Signal Box uses mobile signal (to the phone) and wi-fi to my wireless router then I'm in business! My broadband is via 4GEE as I'm in an area where only this or satellite broadband works. There seem to be quite a number of Signal Boxes on Ebay at low cost. If you are able to clarify the above that would be great. Thanks again.
17-03-2018 09:40 AM
@Greengage Don’t bother with eBay if it’s a 2nd hand EE signal box as there account locked. It uses 3G to get a signal to your device it’s just that the signal box is Ethernet cable fixed to your router to send/receive its signal. No wifi involved.
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