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Old 08-12-2007, 06:33 AM
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Looking for truly objective, first hand information on cell phone boosters. Do they work and what extra distance are you gaining, if any?
Old 08-12-2007, 06:57 AM
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i have a shakespear booster connected to a 8" antenna on the roof.. the base sits about 8" off the water.. the extra range i get is about 10 to 15 miles off the beach, it depends on the day and sea conditions... its the older model, needs to have a wire that plugs into the phones itself...i know now there is a "repeater" model that does`nt need to be connected to the phone...
bottom line is .. it does the job, not the greatest, but it helps.. worth the 300 bucks..
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I have a Digital in my home. Cell phone is useless w/o it, works perfectly w/it.
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I inherited one with my used boat and I would not buy it new. I have the digital one, that has to be plugged into my phone. It is a dieing breed. The new phones can't use it (that I know of). No more antenna Aux inputs. New repeater for yauhts...need 40 feet from reciever antenna (not on my 23 ft Kencraft).

I still use long as current phone works, but I think you can compare it to the old bag phones that were 5 amp instead of 2. Better, but don't dream of phone working 40 miles offshore.

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I just got one for my boat . I have a Digital with a four foot antenna. Works extremely well, bringing the phone up to full signal strength if there is even a hint of a usable cell signal. It is the plug-in style. I looked at the wireless repeater one but can't get the separation vertical and horizontal separation to prevent a feedback loop and jamming up the local cell tower (they don't like that). We did this at work on the big boat and the cell phone provider was on us fast!

Take a look at the digital antenna web page. Their list of stuff is expanding and they give good explanations about various applications and what does/does not work.

Old 08-13-2007, 07:10 AM
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I have a Digital unit on my boat (wireless - do not have to plug a phone into it) and it seems to work great. I've been 30 miles offshore and the my phone worked. I'd get it again . . . 4' antenna approx 24' above the water at its tip.
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Well my opinion is different. I just bought the digital for around $350.00. Wasted my money big time. It does not work well. When you read the install and usage manual there are way too many dont does for the install. They must think this is a perfect world for installs.

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