Sprint Home Phone Connect 2 signal strength
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Will the Sprint Home Phone Connect 2 provide better signal strength than my LG Marqee? I'm getting only a fair signal in my area.

Thanks,

Rob

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  • Total speculation on my part, but I would think it would be better than a typical phone because it has an external antenna. I don't even know if it has a signal strength meter on it. 

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  • Hello Robert,

    The external antenna of the home phone connect will definitely play a big role on the signal that you would receive from the unit and indeed it would pull slightly better signal then the Marquee. I would however recommend that if there is a location in your house which gets good signal that the home phone connect be placed in that location so that the best possible signal can be made.

    There is a signal meter on the device so that should help you locate the best possible location as well and you should be in a location with at least 2 bars of signal strength for the provisioning of the device.

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  • No, it will not provide a better signal.  I live in an area with a few very weak spots, and unfortunately my house is one of them.  I never have more than one bar, and if I'm in the front of the house it sometimes switches over to roaming.  So, I listened to people who said the antenna made for better reception and ordered a Sprint Connect box.  It arrived yesterday.  It has an indicator for a.) existence of a signal, and b.) strength of signal.  The latter is red if the signal is poor or not found; green if okay or good.  Mine never gets off red.  And the signal indicator goes off now and then. 

    So, in sum, it seems to have _worse _receptivity than my phone, which is a Samsung SII.

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  • I agree with Emmett. I bought a Home Phone Connect 2 from Ting for connecting a Freeze Alarm in our "up north" cottage in Wisconsin. The Freeze Alarm requires "plain old telephone service". But I didn't want to pay to have a landline brought in, and then pay another 20 or 25 bucks a month for very little usage.So I figured the Home Phone Connect 2 would be just the ticket.

    My wife and I have handsets on Ting (a galaxy S2 and a samsung conquer) and each of them get 2 to 3 bars of ROAMING signal for voice calls at the cottage....seemed to always be enough. No problems using our phones for voice. 

    However, when I brought the Home Phone Connect 2 up to the cottage, the signal meter turned "red" and it beeped constantly and would not work. I was surprised given the luck we had had with our phones. 

     

    So in my experience the Home Phone Connect gets WORSE signal reception than a regular Ting phone.

     

    (In fact, even a Samsung Reclaim (a "dumb" phone) gets better signal than the HPC2. I just bought Reclaim off ebay, then BYOD the phone to Ting (had to call Ting to have it manually reprogrammed), and am using that with a Bluetooth gateway ( Xtreme Technologies Xlink device , 40 bucks on Amazon) to achieve plain old telephone service at the cottage. Freeze Alarm connects to the Xlink gateway like a charm! :)

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  • Oh, and by the way. I tried to BYOD a 50 dollar used Home Phone Connect 2 from ebay, but Ting could not get it to work. 

    People interested in a home phone connect might just as well buy a "dumb" phone (with Bluetooth) like the Samsung Reclaim (about 15 to 25 bucks used) and an xlink bluetooth gateway (the BT version is cheaper, 40 bucks on amazon new) and come out ahead. :)

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  • Hey Mark,

    I'm so sorry it didn't work out! It sounds like the Home Phone Connect may not get as strong a signal as some of our cell phones do.

    Certainly any one who's purchased this or any other device from us and finds they can't use it due to signal issues could return it to us. So long as we're notified shortly after purchase anyway.

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  • Question folks - I saw this type of device also from AT&T and it had unlimited nationwide calling for fixed fee.   How does Ting see this aspect and what is Ting's policy on this devices individual usage.  

    Thanks - Bob

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  • How much is att's fixed fee? 

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  • The way it works with Ting is that we treat the SHPC2 the same as a regular cell phone. So we charge the $6 monthly device fee, plus whatever tier you happen to fall into each month (see https://ting.com/plans for the tier breakdown, although only Voice would be relevant to this device).

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