7 thoughts on “AT&T’s Solution To Crap Reception…”

  1. You can also buy this handy device for verizon, which is funny considering their endless advertising campaign about how wonderful their cell coverage is.

    Though seriously, we actually use these in the physics department building on the floors without laboratories, since the building has been specially designed to block all electronic noise, such as cell phone signals.

  2. Mr_Blog… Assuming that this little brick has some smarts/electronics in it for pulling in a really weak signal, then you’re right. Otherwise it’s just clever way for AT&T to offload your data onto your ISP.

    Matt… Welcome to Ragebot. AT&T fought a nasty little ad battle with Verizon over cell strength/coverage in Babylon by the Bay, constantly trumpeting how great they are and how crummy Verizon is. But this little technology stunt makes those claims, at best, disingenuous–at worst, fraudulent. But for use inside shielded structures they’re probably a godsend, as you pointed out.

  3. @3
    I have no idea how it works, but I’m assuming it is linked to the Web, not a tower.

    We also have a place on one of the Puget Sound islands, and we are located almost exactly on the edge of the ‘Fair’ reception zone on Sprint’s coverage map. It’s enough to make one get a landline.

  4. …it is linked to the Web, not a tower.

    Mr_Blog… Both as I understand it. I believe that it’s supposed to pull in weak signals, amplify them for your convenience in a restricted area, and then shunt some of your data transmissions to your ISP…or something like that.

    Holte… Actually the Telcos seem to be especially good at manipulating existing law and infrastructure gaps to their advantage. After living for 10 weeks in South America, and paying pennies for my “pay-as-you-go” SIM card, I can see what a ripoff cell service here in the States really is.

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