In our modern ever connected world quality cell reception is key. I need my Crackberry fix constantly so I need good reception. I live somewhere near the edge of the world or so the lousy cell reception at my house would lead you to believe. I joke constantly I have Sprint "The You Can't Hear Me Now" Network. Honestly I live in a town of almost 30,000 people in the northeast, why the reception near my house is so lousy no one can explain. Sprint has been out to my house with their super duper signal finding truck and claim to have 5 bars, yet I am luck to have 1 bar on any phone I've ever owned with them. Verizon not much better and that is outside my house, step inside and there goes the signal. AT&T is similar regardless of what Luke Wilson is telling you on the TV right now.
It is easy to fix this lousy cell reception problem and I have. A femtocell, briefly, is sorta like a mini cell tower—it hooks into your broadband connection, and amplifies the cell signal inside your house. I got a Sprint Airave (which is Sprint's femtocell product) when they came out and it has fixed the reception problem for me in my house. The signal is a decent 4+ bars no matter where I am at the house. It should be, my phone is only broadcasting the the "cell tower" upstairs in the office. This helps with battery life and for a talk-a-holic like me that is great.
What is cool is that no matter if you have Sprint, Verizon or AT&T you can get one of these wonderful devices and get great reception at your house, office, or the house you want to buy. Each carrier has a different device so you will need to get one for your carrier, and the cost for each is different. They all have an upfront cost and may have monthly costs. The AT&T MicroCell is coming out in April so if you have AT&T service you will need to wait a little to get your fix.
For those who would like a more advanced commercial grade reception booster, or are looking for a product that will fix the lousy cell reception regardless of the brand of service you receive, check out Wilson Electronics. They sell booster kits for homes and offices that work much like the old "3 watt booster" kits we had in our cars.
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