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#27502 28-Oct-2008 16:54
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Title pretty much covers it: my better halfs parents live out on a farm and get very dodgy Vodafone (and Telecom) reception. They have a Vodafone phone they would like to utilise with Bestmates but need to improve their reception. I am thinking here either an external antenna or even better, a range extender that can take the Vodafone signal, amplify it and re-broadcast it. I imagine there would be technical/legal difficulties with that though.

Any ideas?

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  #174197 28-Oct-2008 19:08
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Not sure if you could do this without being targeted by either of their legal teams.  Telecom + Vodafone have spent a lot of money purchasing the spectrum they operate in, and I'm sure any attempts to improve their spectrum (even with the best intentions) isn't going to go down too well...


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  #174202 28-Oct-2008 19:33
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When my wife used to work the district health board, looking after the cellphones, they had few booster antenna from Vodafone to cover a few bad areas in the hospital.
It was a while ago so not sure if they are still available.


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  #174203 28-Oct-2008 19:33
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OK so a quick Google and this, and the NZ dealer here, came up. They do small boosters that you plug into your phone, and also larger range extender type things. I will email them and find out about options and prices.

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  #174987 31-Oct-2008 21:36
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Hi Andrew,

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