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Need a Magic Tower Detector ...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Marsh511, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. Marsh511

    Marsh511 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    This is clearly off-topic, but I have to ask somewhere. Is there a device available to test wireless carriers' signals in a given location? Before I decide on staying with Verizon or invoking my "no early termination" which VZW has already said they would do, I want to test my home (and surrounding property) to see if TMo, AT&T, or Sprint has the best connection. I don't want to go through the aggravating, time-consuming process of bringing a phone home, then finding out the signals are poor...then having to wait in the store (or on the phone) to do the paperwork to return a phone and void the contract. Is there not a device (even if I have to pay $100 or so, that's fine!) that can tell me which carrier has the best signal?

    And please don't link me to sites that show cell tower locations or coverage maps -- been there, done that...and reality never seems to be anything close to what that information shows. I need to physically test the signals first before committing to a carrier or specific device.


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  2. justjimjpc

    justjimjpc Premium Member

    Even if this Magic machine existed ... move 10 to 30 feet or even less and all things change....

    If your phone is going to be welded to one spot ... then this might make sense ....
  3. Marsh511

    Marsh511 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Well sure, but I'd move about the house and my yard (and maybe over a period of a few days in the daytime, evening, etc.) and try to obtain several readings...and decide based on the best AVERAGE signal strength. I guess what you're saying is that such a device does not exist? Amazing how there are little voids in available consumer technology....


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