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    What Are My options For Service In The Basement Of My House On Total Wireless?

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S9 on Total Wireless, which is a Verizon MVNO.

    I would like to get service in the basement of my home and there is no service there currently.

    Wifi calling is not permitted from Total Wireless.

    Do I have any viable choices?

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    If you have home Wi-Fi I would get google voice so you can make phone calls.

    If you don't have home Wi-Fi but have hotspot on your phone you could set your phone near a window perhaps on the first floor and using another PC get a signal in the basement.

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    How about something like this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-KX-...s%2C174&sr=8-4

    You could leave your cell phone where it gets reception, linked to the base station; and use a satellite in the basement.

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    Move out of the basement. That's a fire hazard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    That's a fire hazard.
    I don't like Total Wireless much, but I wouldn't go quite that far...

    ...

    Generally you need a window well for any sleeping areas, but otherwise it's perfectly within code to have an occupied basement.

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    Is your Samsung Galaxy S9 unlocked? Maybe try an AT&T MVNO such as H2O for a month and see if you have reception in the basement. You can get unactivated SIM cards on eBay for a buck.
    My smartphone is a lot smarter than I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcxb View Post
    Generally you need a window well for any sleeping areas, but otherwise it's perfectly within code to have an occupied basement.
    https://www.bobvila.com/articles/333...hed-basements/
    "The ICC’s 2006 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Story Dwellings has new language stating that basements that contain one or more sleeping rooms are required to have emergency egress and rescue openings in each sleeping room."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    https://www.bobvila.com/articles/333...hed-basements/
    "basements that contain one or more sleeping rooms are required to have emergency egress and rescue openings in each sleeping room."
    That's exactly what I said. Window wells are required to get basement windows to the correct measurements to count as EEROs.

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    What Are My options For Service In The Basement Of My House On Total Wireless?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    Move out of the basement. That's a fire hazard.
    I don't live in my basement.

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    First you will need $250.
    And then this might work:
    https://www.verizonwireless.com/prod...rk-extender-2/
    Or this:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NTZKCN3/
    Last edited by SoNic67; 05-12-2019 at 03:01 PM.

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    Most solutions are going to be complicated and / or expensive.

    Leveraging WiFi is the simplest idea. Consider Google Voice.

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    What Are My options For Service In The Basement Of My House On Total Wireless?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    First you will need $250.
    And then this:
    https://www.verizonwireless.com/prod...rk-extender-2/...
    Would the Samsung 4G LTE Network Extender 2 SLS-BU10B work with Total Wireless?

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    Hmm, good question. TW is on Verizon's network, but the extender might not allow those phones in, like roaming.
    You can ask there on VZW FAQ section.

    Antenna with the bidirectional amplifier from above is a safer bet. Of course, you need a phone with VoLTE active, to have voice and SMS too.

    This is cheaper, but works only on Band 13. You have to see if it is deployed at your location (it's the most used VZW band):
    https://www.amazon.com/Verizon-Signa.../dp/B07NYBVPZG

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    I have Total Wireless and use Google Voice for Wifi Calling. Works great. Hangouts is awful though, so use the Google Voice app.

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