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    Any recommendations for a Sprint-compatible CDMA signal booster? I'm not talking about those sticker thingies, but rather something that you'd either plug into the Treo directly (via what's hiding behind those rubber thingies near the antenna) or a plug-in heavy-duty signal booster. At my current job I have no internet access and my Sprint signal in the building is very, very weak.
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    They sell this at Fry's. I haven't tried it yet (cause it's expensive), but with their return policy I may give it shot.

    http://www.wi-ex.com/
    Visor --> Visor Platinum --> Treo 300 --> Treo 600 --> Treo 650 --> Treo 700p --> Treo 755p --> Treo 800w --> Palm Pre
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    I thought the 700's had some super duper cell phone radio which allowed you to use them on Pluto and still get reception.
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    This one is better and a little cheaper, it boosts most other carriers signal too so maybe you can split the cost with your office buddies.
    http://www.cellboosterstore.com/cell...eater-1900.htm
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    Thanks migs, I'll have to do some Googling to see if there's any user experiences with that one. Yeah, my limited research has shown these to run about $300 which is pricey, but if I'm going to be at this contract long-term it might be worth it to me.

    gharrod, nope. My experience thus far is that my 700p's reception is nearly identical to my 650's. After 18 months I expected them to deliver improved reception but I guess not.
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    I was planning on purchasing this unit soon because I was moving to a fringe area, but we didnt move after all but I thought it looked interesting
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    Just bought and tried this signal booster from Frys.
    http://www.wi-ex.com/Page3187.aspx

    I had tried this in the past without much luck. However, I gave it another shot this week. I didn't see a significant increase in bars or much of a better RSSI signal. Went from high -90's to the low -90's or better if i stand right next to the booster). Fortunately, I am able to hold calls without having to step outside and walk around my apartment. Friends have also commented on how much clearer I sound.
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    The thing I love about Sprint is that coverage never improves. I have the same spotty coverage in the same places both in Oakland and nearby areas and in Hawaii which have not improved since my first Sprint phone in 2001. If other companies were smart enough to provide $15 unlimited 3G data plans, there would be a mass exodus from Sprint.
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    This website probably has the largest selection:

    http://www.alternativewireless.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by robguz View Post
    The thing I love about Sprint is that coverage never improves. I have the same spotty coverage in the same places both in Oakland and nearby areas and in Hawaii which have not improved since my first Sprint phone in 2001. If other companies were smart enough to provide $15 unlimited 3G data plans, there would be a mass exodus from Sprint.
    This is why I had to find my own solution. Everyone else charges too much for data.
    Visor --> Visor Platinum --> Treo 300 --> Treo 600 --> Treo 650 --> Treo 700p --> Treo 755p --> Treo 800w --> Palm Pre
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    I've tried this antenna, not powered and inconvenient but when in some low power areas it helped. You've got to attach it to something, you can see by the picture how big it is.

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    IT'S NOT A DAMN BLACKBERRY!....
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    The advantage of the 700p especially in buildings is that one can force it to roam on verizon. If one has a free roaming plan (free and clear america), one can force it onto verizon whose 800mhz signal penetrates buildings better. I've used this in NYC where both sprint and verizon have basically blanket coverage w/ verizon's main benefit being the slice of spectrum they purchased. With sprint I get all the benefits of verizon (well only 1xRTT data, but unlimited ) while paying sprint prices as by far most of my usage is still on sprint.
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    Popular Science had a short blurb on this a few months back. They liked the devices from http://www.signalwide.com/ I have never used any of these, but the site looks interesting.

    The PopSci article: http://www.popsci.com/popsci/how20/9...op16=+RSS:how2
    Be sure to see the linked photo gallery for the rest of the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robguz View Post
    The thing I love about Sprint is that coverage never improves. I have the same spotty coverage in the same places both in Oakland and nearby areas and in Hawaii which have not improved since my first Sprint phone in 2001. If other companies were smart enough to provide $15 unlimited 3G data plans, there would be a mass exodus from Sprint.
    http://www2.sprint.com/mr/news_dtl.do?id=16280

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — 04/20/2007

    For Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) wireless customers in Kentucky who already take advantage of the company's powerful networks, recent local network enhancements should result in even better wireless service. Sprint added 55 wireless cell sites during 2006 to its Sprint National Network(SM) and Nextel National Network(SM) in Kentucky.

    "Sprint continues to make significant investments to increase coverage and capacity in its wireless networks in Kentucky and throughout the country," said Kevin Gleason, area vice president, Sprint. "Customer satisfaction and network quality are two of Sprint's top priorities as we further strengthen our powerful networks where our customers live, work, play and travel."

    Last year, Sprint invested more than $19 million in its wireless networks in Kentucky. The following is a detailed list of the local areas benefiting from these enhancements:


    I'd say Sprint has been investing in my area. Guess it depends where you're at This whole area (and i live 45 min from Louisville) is covered for high speed. Some relatives that live in rural areas i've recommended they just get a Sprint USB or pc card..it's their best option. 49 a month on SERO. Plug in a router (https://3gstore.com/index.php?main_p...products_id=99) and you're networked.

    BTW...if you travel a lot or spend time away from home on a laptop, tethering or getting a Sprint (or similar) card is the best thing for security. Unsecured networks like hotels are risky. I went to a seminar once where the speaker announced he had 4 or 5 user's passwords and personal info just from spending time in his room inspecting various computers that were on that network. This is why i really don't care if Treos ever get wi-fi.
    Last edited by cardfan; 05/27/2007 at 11:27 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gharrod View Post
    I thought the 700's had some super duper cell phone radio which allowed you to use them on Pluto and still get reception.
    Didn't ya hear? Pluto isn't a planet anymore.
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    There was no reference to it being a planet in his statement, and how would its classification affect reception? Sometimes humor is best left to those with a sense of it.

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    Didn't ya hear? Pluto isn't a planet anymore.
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