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Old January 10th 16, 01:04 AM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
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Skip to the last sentence of my post if you don't want the 'novel' edition...

My pal the building contractor asked his cellular provider to remedy a new feature that reared it's ugly head at his home. To Wit: He he can now have four bars or more of signal strength, but his phone now fails to connect to the wireless network. His provider opined that cell phone repeater equipment sold to other users in his area captures his connect request and just keeps it rather than connecting him to the network. His provider suggested he purchase the same kind of repeater ($300'ish) and install it in his house to regain use of his cell phone, (thereby spreading the joy to other hapless customers?)

He mentioned to me that the symptom now presents significantly distant from his home as well, (which I conjecture is a symptom of interference from a different cellular repeater.) So, installation of a repeater at his house is not going to let him use his phone as he was able to do just a few short weeks ago.

I understand that his provider has been complaining to the FCC regarding repeater interference but that chronically underfunded group just does not have the resources necessary to troubleshoot and deliver the necessary 'Cease and Desist' paperwork.

My question: Is there a keyboard command that he can use to reject specific 'cellular towers' so to allow him once again to use his phone? Or something?

--Len
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Old January 10th 16, 06:30 AM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
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On Sat, 9 Jan 2016 20:40:04 -0800 (PST), wrote:

On Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 4:27:18 PM UTC-8, tlvp wrote:
On Sat, 9 Jan 2016 16:04:33 -0800 (PST),
wrote:

he can now have four bars or more of signal strength,
but his phone now fails to connect to the wireless network.


Sorry: four bars of *which* sort of signal? cellular voice? cellular data?
wi-fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) LAN?


Cellular Voice.

And fails to connect to *which* wireless network? cellular voice? cellular
data? wi-fi LAN?


Cellular Voice.

And which sort of repeater is being considered? a wifi repeater? or a
cellular one?


Cellular Voice.

Anyway, how should installing either sort of repeater at
*home* help his cell phone when it's *away* from home?


One of my points, exactly. I put it clumsily, but we are in violent agreement that a home-based repeater will not restore proper phone operation while he is using it away from home. Further, it is a stunningly wrong answer from an engineering perspective if it, in turn causes his neighbor's cell phone to be useless.


All my best wishes!

--Len


I suspect your friend's "cellular provider" is a salesdroid first and a
techie last, and is simply coaxing your friend to throw money at the
problem so as to reap a commission from the sale. More likely there's a
database entry or two that got scrambled in your friend's Home Location
Registry, or the like, and just need(s) unscrambling.

Good luck. Cheers, -- tlvp
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Old January 10th 16, 06:36 AM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
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I suspect your friend's "cellular provider" is a salesdroid first and a
techie last, and is simply coaxing your friend to throw money at the
problem so as to reap a commission from the sale. More likely there's a
database entry or two that got scrambled in your friend's Home Location
Registry, or the like, and just need(s) unscrambling.


Thanks, tlvp

After looking into this further, I think it is more possible that my friend is being jammed. I am now urging him to complete an online complaint to the FCC:
https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/h..._form_id=39744

Best regards!

--Len
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Old January 10th 16, 09:33 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
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On Sat, 9 Jan 2016 21:36:37 -0800 (PST), wrote:

I am now urging him to complete an online complaint to the FCC:


Best of luck to him. Cheers, -- tlvp
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Old January 11th 16, 05:04 AM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
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Thanks, t.
I appreciate your thoughts on this.
--Len
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Old January 11th 16, 05:18 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
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On 2016-01-10 20:43:29 +0000, D. Stussy said:

as you call it - "fem-to-cell" for the rest of us


Or "femtocell" for those who know what they're talking about.

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Old January 11th 16, 08:12 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
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"D. Stussy" wrote in message
...
wrote in message
...
Skip to the last sentence of my post if you don't want the 'novel'
edition..

My pal the building contractor asked his cellular provider to remedy a new
feature that reared it's ugly head at his home. To Wit: He he can now have
four bars or more of signal strength, but his phone now fails to connect
to the wireless network. His provider opined that cell phone repeater
equipment sold to other users in his area captures his connect request and
just keeps it rather than connecting him to the network. His provider
suggested he purchase the same kind of repeater ($300'ish) and install it
in his house to regain use of his cell phone, (thereby spreading the joy
to other hapless customers?)

He mentioned to me that the symptom now presents significantly distant
from his home as well, (which I conjecture is a symptom of interference
from a different cellular repeater.) So, installation of a repeater at his
house is not going to let him use his phone as he was able to do just a
few short weeks ago.

I understand that his provider has been complaining to the FCC regarding
repeater interference but that chronically underfunded group just does not
have the resources necessary to troubleshoot and deliver the necessary
'Cease and Desist' paperwork.

My question: Is there a keyboard command that he can use to reject
specific 'cellular towers' so to allow him once again to use his phone? Or
something?
=================================
1) If his call is being captured by a "repeater" (as you call it -
"fem-to-cell" for the rest of us), he should hear a beep after pressing
send and therefore should know that it's being captured.
2) I seem to remember that there's a * command to opt out of a repeater,
but I don't remember which one it is. Google is your friend.


Making a SWAG (super wild a**ed guess). Depending on the carrier, the
location and their roaming agreements the option to select HOME ONLY *MAY*
solve the at home local problem with the qualification that that selection
can engender problems if the phone seeks to roam to other systems as part of
the carrier's roaming agreements/plan.

There are some soft ware steps the hand set manufacture can take but the
reality of those chances are slim.


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Old January 11th 16, 09:10 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
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Thanks for the info.
My friend shared some further information that has changed my hypothesis. I now think that he's been targeted by a jammer in the neighborhood. I've asked him to file an official report with the FCC. Largely because I want to see the expression on the jammer's face when presented with a bill for $16,000 for each day of interference, and as high as $112,500 for any single violation. :0)

All my best wishes

--Len
 




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