bigredoes> The booster will work, but the internet connection thru your cell fone is still going to be slow. You could switch to much higher speed data card that plugs into the computer. It's about the same monthly cost as satellite internet cost, but the the cost of the equipment is much higher.
JohnBlue> The comment about receivers vs transmitters was in regard to the amplifier not the cell fone. I went to the site that you quoted, but not believing completely in advertising text, I called the tech support department of a well-known electronic company who produces similar products. The devices now do indeed amplify the cell fone signalís miliwatt power up to a maximum of 3 watts (FCC limit). That has not always been true, so I now stand corrected. Appreciate the update.
It was interesting to learn that this particular company now makes a yagi high gain antenna that is single frequency (1800-1900 mhz). Previously, all you could get was a dual band antenna that was cumbersome and not very effective.
There is still an issue with the cell fones compatibility with the antenna. New phones usually lack the external antenna plug. That would require one to buy an adapter to be able to plug the fone into the antenna. Anyone wishing to use the amplifier should check to see that a specific adapter/connector is available for their particular cell fone.
There is also that same issue with a data card. I havenít been able to find one with an external antenna jack.
I too have a background in electronics as well as computers, and I used to build electronic stuff from scratch as a hobby, but it doesnít go back as far as the brick fone era. And Iím still waiting on the Dick Tracey watch.