When we moved to our new house last fall, we discovered immediately that our cell phone service left much to be desired. In fact, it was nearly unusable. The only room in the house where we could get decent signal (two or maybe three bars on a good day) was in the office, if we were standing next to the window.
At the beginning, phone use was pretty awful but texting was okay. But then texting became awful, too. It was taking two or three attempts to send each text.
And, of course, this was the move where we decided to finally abandon our land line. So without a land line as a back-up, we were out of luck. It didn’t affect David as much because he was usually making calls from his work sites where there was better signal. But I was home in the dead zone.
My frustration grew until I’d finally had enough. I explored my options:
1. Get a landline. It would require an installation charge and monthly fee.
2. Switch cell phone providers. Unfortunately, that would also be expensive by the time we paid an early termination fee, activation fees and purchased new phones. And there was no guarantee a new cell phone service would solve the problem. I checked all the coverage maps and our area was in low coverage for all of them.
3. Get a signal booster. My son told us about this option but when we checked, the signal boosters on Amazon were really expensive. Then a friend who also had AT&T mentioned to me that she had gotten a signal booster and it solved her problem. The signal booster from AT&T was $200.
So after considering our options, we decided the best option was the signal booster. We made a run to the local AT&T store, picked on up and install it as soon as we got home.
THE RESULTS – Well, see for yourself.
Now I have 5 bars in every room of my house! That means I can talk or text wherever I want to. I don’t have to hold the phone in the air to send a text or stand by the window in the office to have a phone conversation. I was only a little excited when my cell phone went from one bar to five. Okay – I was actually more than a little excited. I just kept telling my husband, “I have FIVE bars. I have FIVE bars.” He finally told me I needed to calm down.
So if your cell phone signal at home leaves much to be desired and it creates problems for you, you might want to check with your cell phone company and see if they have a signal booster for purchase. Having reliable signal has made me very, very happy.
How’s your cell phone signal? Would $200 for awesome signal be worth it to you?