LOL OK. So I was going to just reply to George so as to not clog up everyone's email but I ended up replying to all.
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In the past you used to be able to get an Internet based picocell that you set up at home on your network. These devices worked but were all but canceled once the feature to make calls over WiFi became popular.
George for now I'd check your smart phone. Can you make WiFi calls on it? Possibly all you need is a newer phone.
It also depends on the provider. Sprint I know for example when you have WiFi coverage prefers WiFi. Verizon has WiFi but only uses it when their coverage is weak. David W. might be able to give a better update on that.
On 10/10/2020 3:04 PM, WK9M via groups.io wrote:
Hi George, just us here.
I used to work at Sprint for 12 years designing cell site locations, CW testing, data collection, etc. So some "words of wisdom". :)
Pretty much when the build outs started years ago, you could put a new tower (average price $250k) pretty much within a general area you wanted--eventually. As more providers came into the markets, neighborhoods start to push back and say "can't you just go on that AT&T tower over there?"
So what you end up with is that several providers are all in the same spot at various heights. Someone like Verizon with lots of $ would have to break out of the norm and put smaller microcells around such as on tall buildings, lamp posts, etc. 5G has a strong push in fact to add 4x the cell sites as there are now since the coverage area is much smaller.
Indoor repeaters can work, if they are good ones. There were a lot of junk ones out there and the one good one I remember is Spotwave. You get what you pay for of course. :)
On 10/10/2020 10:06 AM, George N2APB wrote:
Currently have Verizon and wishing to change. Thoughts on which supplier has better coverage here in TV? (If it matters, we have iPhones, not Android.)