Limited mobile phone access in new units

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  1. balwoges

    balwoges Well-Known Member

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    One more thing to check if buying a unit in a recently built apartment complex?

    Had morning coffee with 2 friends who live in the same recently completed apartment block ['Shearwater' at Warners bay] one friend can only use her mobile on her front verandah, the other can only use hers in the bedroom.
    They were told reception is bad because of the concrete used in floors/walls. I was stunned and found this unbelievable in this day and age ... :eek:

    So ... if you are thinking of buying into an apartment block have a friend phone you while you are inspecting the property.
     
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    VoWIFI / wifi calling automatically allows your phone to roam onto your local wifi. Mine does all the time.
     
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    Thanks, looked it up and found how to - will pass on the info ... :D
     
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    i don't get it how did this cause the problem?
     
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    4G is bad in buildings with large floor plates & 5G is worse. You may have noticed it in shopping centres or office blocks.

    The carriers should be made to install and maintain a DAS within he building at their own cost to provide the service to their customers.
     
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    So, does each carrier have to provide a DAS or can one DAS handle it all?
     
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    That's dependent on the phone model, and then it has to be enabled by your carrier.
    E.g. I have a Huawei Mate 20 Pro which has VoWifi, but Telstra hasn't enabled it for my phone :(
    But for most people on latest model iPhone or Samsung, it should be okay.
     
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    One carrier is the lead carrier and builds the DAS, the others can hop on and add their signal through a combiner.
     
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    So, some valid questions for any would be buyer of a new apartment ... thanks for the info, I have learnt a lot, will relay to my friends ... :)
     
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