07-03-2006, 07:34 PM
I brought this up before, but finally broke down and got a Yagi (directional) antenna for my cell phone. Got ti off E-bay with 40ft of cable and hpone adaptor. I quit useing my Nextel because I lost all signal (comeing from 131)prior to reaching my cabin, near Bristol. I went with an All-tel, because friends and family got faint signals in my drive way with Nextel, which uses ALl-tel towers up north. With the lone phone I got 1-2 bars strength (dropping calls) around and in the cabin. # bars on the hill nearby and up the drive a few hundred yards. When I got the antenna, I connected it outside in my driveway and pointed it towards known towers. I got no signal to the tower east at 131, but got about 5 bars at full reach in the air, pointing to the Luther tower west of me, but slightly closer. I have the antenna in the loft temporarily and get a strong, steady 4 bars (indoors) towards the Luther tower, still nothing to the east. When I get the antenna up perminately at 20 ft off the ground, I'm confident I'll have full, steady strenght. No booster needed, unless, probbably if somebody needs a longer co-ax. I'd say the benefit is just as advertized, well worth the $125 or so which included shipping. Light, assembly required. If you don't get a partial signal close to the area you would be useing the phone, you'd be gambling on the purchase, but if any, I think it would be a nice benfit. Only draw back is you need to leave it plugged into the antenna while useing it and the coax is a lot bulkier and stiffer than a normal phone reciever cord. My next goal, is to try useing my phone for a modem for my computer for dial up service. I have unlimited nights and weekends, but would like to hear other experiences useing as a modem, and any leads on a USB for an LG/All-tel for less than the $60 All-tel wants. AND if anybody is interested, I get service between green cottage and fishermans trail with All-tel, even in the river.