I have been a customer of Virgin mobile for over ten years. But, since moving to a more rural area my cost effective mobile service suddenly became my only choice. With no coverage from the other mobile telco’s, Optus’ network provided me with my only mobile service. Unfortunately even that was very poor. Two bars outside the house turned to 1 bar (or even zero) inside the house. Things improved, slightly, following the decommission of analogue telly, the 700Mhz Band 28 frequency was rolled out by all of the carriers in my area and my signal marginally improved. I had to go outside only 80% of the time to make a phone call!.
Interesting and fairly costly.
As you had VoLTE on your mobile could you have enabled wifi calling. If not it might have been cheaper to purchase a phone with wifi calling. I am presuming you have home broadband.
Sky muster only. 900ms latency makes VOIP impossible and the 150GB quota never makes it through the month I'm hoping to swap away from paying for a pretty awful $120 Sky Muster service to using Optus LTE. It might not have as large a bandwidth but the 20ms latency makes it more usable than the satellite.
My home had poor mobile phone reception but I am connected to the NBN so wifi calling works well for me. I also use Optus mobile broadband as I am away a lot in my caravan but when I have tried it at home, even with poor mobile reception, I get good internet speeds so may be worth trying.
I remember when you first enquired about the boosters.
Thanks heaps for returning to share your experience using them! ☺️
Note that the Cel-fi Go is only SiSo and won't boost 3G and 4G at the same time.
And, in my experience the data speeds are much slower via the repeater than by a direct connection to a modem.
With 2 bars of outdors signal it would be better to insall a decent MiMo antenna system connected to a modem and try VoWifi
Two of these for MiMo 15dBi 4G 4GX 3G 700/850/900MHz Parabolic Grid Antenna suits locations with only 700MHz (B28) available.
What an interesting idea. It might not work for me because of the very poor reception. I'm on full boost on the CelFi and I'm using the highest gain antennas available. But, $320 to get a faster internet is worth investigating to get off of this awful Sky Muster.
Although the wifi hot spots often have antenna sockets, is there anything that makes any particular unit better at operating with these antennas? It feels like the standard guage antenna cables might be problematic with the tiny SMA connectors.
Hmm, well if the Cel-fi booster is having to apply full (100dB) boost then you may not have enough signal to direct-connect. even for those parabolic antennas. If you take your phone up to the antenna location (Turn the Cel-fi OFF) and you get say 1 bar or more of 4G signal, then those antennas should work. What type of antenna is the "highest gain antennas available" you currently have connected to the Cel-fi? Maybe contact the guys at onwireless.com.au regarding your situation. They've helped me out with advice on some install jobs in the past.