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Improving T610 Signal Strength: Can It Be Done?



 
 
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Old September 25th 04, 10:08 PM
Andrew Johnston
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I have a T610 on T-Mobile in the U.S., and I love the phone to death except
for one thing: The reception in my apartment is just terrible. I live in
New York City, one of T-Mo's biggest markets, so it's not a lack of
coverage problem. 80% of the time when I get calls while I'm at home, they
go straight to my voicemail. I generally have to make sure to leave the
phone on the windowsill at one end of the apartment where I can get
reception to make sure it'll ring when anyone calls me. Reception
everywhere else--on the street, in my office--is fantastic. I've been told
the signal-strength boosters you can buy to stick under your battery are a
rip-off and don't work. Is there any reliable method of boosting T610
signal strength? I own a Terminator dongle and have unlocked the phone and
flashed the firmware in the past, so if there's a firmware revision proven
to boost strength, I have everything I need to go to town with it. Any help
or advice you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Old September 25th 04, 10:17 PM
John F. Eldredge
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On Sat, 25 Sep 2004 21:08:45 GMT, Andrew Johnston
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I have a T610 on T-Mobile in the U.S., and I love the phone to death
except for one thing: The reception in my apartment is just
terrible. I live in New York City, one of T-Mo's biggest markets,
so it's not a lack of coverage problem. 80% of the time when I get
calls while I'm at home, they go straight to my voicemail. I
generally have to make sure to leave the phone on the windowsill at
one end of the apartment where I can get reception to make sure
it'll ring when anyone calls me. Reception
everywhere else--on the street, in my office--is fantastic. I've
been told the signal-strength boosters you can buy to stick under
your battery are a rip-off and don't work. Is there any reliable
method of boosting T610 signal strength? I own a Terminator dongle
and have unlocked the phone and flashed the firmware in the past,
so if there's a firmware revision proven to boost strength, I have
everything I need to go to town with it. Any help or advice you
guys can provide would be greatly appreciated.


Have you considered using an external antenna? I know that they make
external antennas for the T610 that are intended for auto use, and
others that are intended for desktop use (one such includes a
conventional-phone-style handset), so there are probably antenna
models intended for hand-held use. The antenna jack is next to the
camera lense, and is originally covered by a rubber gasket; the phone
comes with a little mirror that can be placed in this hole if you
want to take your own picture.

I have similiar problems using my T610 at work. My office is in a
semi-underground basement, and the building has foil-sheathed
insulation and lots of network and phone cabling, so the reception
inside the building is almost zilch. If I want to get a reliable
connection, I have to step outside the building.

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Old September 28th 04, 01:46 AM
John Navas
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In 6 on Sat, 25 Sep 2004
21:08:45 GMT, Andrew Johnston wrote:

I have a T610 on T-Mobile in the U.S., and I love the phone to death except
for one thing: The reception in my apartment is just terrible. I live in
New York City, one of T-Mo's biggest markets, so it's not a lack of
coverage problem. 80% of the time when I get calls while I'm at home, they
go straight to my voicemail. I generally have to make sure to leave the
phone on the windowsill at one end of the apartment where I can get
reception to make sure it'll ring when anyone calls me. Reception
everywhere else--on the street, in my office--is fantastic. I've been told
the signal-strength boosters you can buy to stick under your battery are a
rip-off and don't work.


Correct.

Is there any reliable method of boosting T610
signal strength? I own a Terminator dongle and have unlocked the phone and
flashed the firmware in the past, so if there's a firmware revision proven
to boost strength, I have everything I need to go to town with it.


Firmware won't help.

Any help
or advice you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated.


Your real options include:

1. External antenna cabled to your phone. Lower cost.

2. Active repeater for your residence. Higher cost.

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Old October 1st 04, 03:13 AM
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others that are intended for desktop use (one such includes a
conventional-phone-style handset), so there are probably antenna
models intended for hand-held use.


Does anyone know where I can get one of these desktop units?



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Old October 2nd 04, 04:17 AM
John Navas
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In on Thu, 30 Sep 2004 22:13:10 -0400,
"papa smurf" wrote:

"John F. Eldredge" wrote in message
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others that are intended for desktop use (one such includes a
conventional-phone-style handset), so there are probably antenna
models intended for hand-held use.


Does anyone know where I can get one of these desktop units?


http://www.antenna.com/
http://www.jdteck.com/
http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/

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