New to Android, no external jack, and wireless tethering. .

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  1. billat908

    billat908 New Member
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    Hi, folks. I go back to bag phones, but am totally dumb-struck by all the technology I just bought in to. I went from a DARE to a Captivate, and, aside from learning Android, I have a couple of areas to learn new stuff. I thought the DARE was pretty nifty, but the display of the Captivate, (dare I say it), captivated me. Am I allowed two puns in one sentence? My old eyes just HAD to have it, even if it entailed a whole bunch of new stuff to learn.

    That's the hello.

    Now I start asking for some of you folks to share some information.
    First is the lack of an external antenna jack on the phone. As an RVer, we are often in poor reception areas, especially for internet tethering. I guess I need a velcro stick on antenna or a cradle to connect to my antennas, then? Do these things work as well as a direct connection? Their ads seem to mention only use with an amplifier, not just an antenna. Or should I just break down and buy an amplifier? What about the Wilson Sleek? It looks like a combined cradle and amplifier that can connect to an external antenna.

    Second, is that this phone is supposed to tether wirelessly to my laptop. This is also totally new to me, and the manual is not very clear. Can anyone direct me to a site that would help me learn more about this? Or are the alternative wired tethering systems better? Are they compatible with Verizon's software?
     

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  2. davidnmegan6907

    davidnmegan6907 Well-Known Member
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    Welcome to the android forums glad to have you here..you got me confused you say captivate but verizon. Verizons captivate is a fascinate so do you have a fascinate?
     
  3. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time...
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    Welcome to the Android Forums!

    There aren't a lot of options these days for a phone with an external antenna... let alone an external antenna jack. You could try a passive car antenna (if they still even exist) but even that I'm somewhat skeptical about.
     
  4. billat908

    billat908 New Member
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    Do I get a prize for the dumbest new guy post?

    Not only did I get the name of my phone wrong, but I asked questions in a post here, which is a no-no. Chalk it up to first-date anxiety.

    You are correct, I had to VZ's site to remember what phone I bought Friday. I understand a new phone can intimidate, but this one got off with a bang.

    Yeah, that's it, it's a Verizon Samsung Intimidate. :)

    Thank you for setting me straight before I went out and got a captivate tattoo.
     
  5. davidnmegan6907

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    ;) no problems just get a lot better info with your phone type :D
     

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