Me again, Phone and WiFi this time

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  1. davethespark

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    Next question what can I get to improve poor cell phone signals so I can use my smart phone, In poor reception areas. Also is there a widget which would combine this with a device to improve wifi signal from free spots such as camp sites

    Thanks again in anticipation Dave C
     
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    As far as I know the gadgets you can get to boost mobile phone signals are illegal as they are unapproved transmitters. You can buy them though!

    The alternative would be a mifi with an external aerial, ideally a mimo type aerial with two leads. This will get you broadband and generate a local WiFi network.
     
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    The aren't illegal. It's perfectly legal to purchase and install them. The downside from a motorhoming point of view is that all the ones I'm aware of that work are designed to be permanently installed with a 230v supply and a high level antenna.
     
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    The way I have solved these problems is by not staying anywhere without a satisfactory internet signal.

    With good internet and Skype (plus a Skypeout account) I rarely use the normal GSM networks...

    Luckily in Portugal, where I spend most of my time, both phone and mobile data signals are usually good.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Good point, it may be possible to have fixed installations inside a building, where presumably it can be set up not to interfere with phones outside the building. However, Ofcom seem fairly sure of the position on mobile boosters: http://ask.ofcom.org.uk/help/telephone/repeat

    What they say is:

    "The unlicensed use of mobile repeaters is illegal in the UK. People using them can face a fine of up to £5,000 and up to a year in prison."
     
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    A repeater is not the same as a booster.

    You can easily get boosters to cover 1000 sq m.

    http://www.signalboostersuk.co.uk/products/Vodafone-GSM-900MHZ-Signal-Booster-Up-to-1000sqm.html

    These are very similar to the ones we used to install quite regularly. They work perfectly.

    One I installed myself in our office at the time changed no reception at all inside the building to full 3G which was all there was at the time.

    I have seen ones claiming to cover 5000 and 10000 sq m but have no experience of them so I don't know how effective they are at those ranges.
     
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