erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Sat Feb 6 13:24:05 EST 2010
Gloria Morris wrote:
> Hey, Bev!
> I am on WildBlue satellite Internet. Due to the fast download and slow
> upload speeds, I can hear people via Skype. They cannot hear me, however. I
> use my Skype number for messages only. That is surprisingly useful, however,
> and something you might want to consider.
Yeah, and the thing is that I might not know until I actually get hooked
up as to whether or not Skype will work for me.
WildBlue is not installing in my area. I keep waiting, because they are
apparently the cheapest service.
> Cell phone coverage here is spotty at best. On good days, if I stand in one
> particular spot on the second floor of the house, I cannot get a bar of
> signal, but even with no bars, there is some sort of signal, as the
> connection I get is sufficient for a short conversation with some repeating
> for clarity. On bad days, I must get in the car and drive to a location
> where I can get a signal.
Sometimes, sometimes, I can send and receive text messages via my cell,
but not voice. My phone will not ring if someone calls, so usually as I
drive to work, when I get about 4 miles out, I get a flurry of voice
mail messages...LOL. It is odd, but I can usually text even with no
bars, like you. I can get one bar with a broken and spotty connection
if I run out to the middle of my front pasture, but mostly I am limited
by terrain and ridges on all sides. Even FM radio is thwarted here...AM
is good at night though.
> There are antennas and boosters you can use if you have any signal at all to
> boost. The equipment and wiring on these (assuming you do your own
> installation) ranges in price from a few hundred to around $1K. What you
> need will depend upon a variety of factors, including strength of the
> available outside signal.
I've seen them, but haven't considered it a viable option due to the
expense. Besides, employer paid or not, I don't use my cell enough to
justify the expense of it. I get 450 minutes and unlimited texts, but I
use around 60/month and text maybe 40 times. I'm just not big on
talking on the phone.
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