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How To: Improve Cell Service At Home

We’ve all been in those buildings that seemingly shut down our wireless devices to the outside world. The kind that you walk out of hours later, only to receive dozens of texts, app notifications, and missed calls. I like to call these “bunkers,” since they’re so impenetrable to the cellular signals we rely on, they might as well be built to withstand mortar attacks, as well.

While some only have to enter these structures every once in a while, others live in them on a daily basis. Not being able to use your cell phone in your own home can be extremely frustrating, especially when you’re paying almost $100 a month. Home Wi-Fi networks can at least keep you connected to your data, but you’re still out of luck for voice calls.

That is, unless you invest in a home femtocell.

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Why Verizon Can’t Afford Failures on the iPhone Launch Day

If you’ve been following technology news much (or at all) lately, I’m sure that you are more than aware that the Apple iPhone – which was originally exclusive to the AT&T mobile network in the US – will be coming to the Verizon Wireless network come February 10th; two weeks from today.  And while the iPhone will likely do a lot of good for Verizon in the long-run, the fact of the matter is that the carrier has a lot riding on the success of day one, and must flawless transitions and activations if they are going to have any chance at going anywhere with the iPhone.

Having said this, it is important to realize the competitiveness that we have seen between AT&T and Verizon in the last couple of years –  even more so after AT&T had introduced the iPhone.  Verizon even went as far as to specifically attack AT&T’s service and network in their advertisements, and added to what became a huge level of bad PR for AT&T.  Now that Verizon will be carrying the iPhone itself, it is more important than ever for them to make sure that they have all of their ducks in a row, because if they don’t they will stand the chance of looking very hypocritical come launch day.

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