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Vodafone Sure Signal £20.00 @ Vodafone

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5y, 11m agoFound 5 years, 11 months ago
Vodafone Sure Signal is ideal for boosting mobile signal at home, in the office and in places where no mobile network operator can provide a strong signal. For example in buildings with thick walls, the countryside or a basement flat.

All you have to do is connect Sure Signal to the fixed-line broadband in your home, or at work.

You can register up to 32 numbers with Sure Signal - from 3G phones to mobile internet dongles and other 3G devices. Then up to four people can enjoy a strengthened signal at any one time. So there'll be no more missed calls or delayed texts - and no waiting ages for web pages to load.

Sure Signal is also a great way to go if you want to reduce your home or office landline use - it makes your mobile phone calls crystal clear. So why not make the most of your price plan - and even save money by not having two different phone bills?

What you need to enjoy great 3G reception:

* Fixed-line broadband with a speed of at least 1Mbps

* At least one Vodafone 3G mobile phone or dongle

Link: http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/mobile-accessories/vodafone-sure-signal
- Taff


*UPDATE*
got mine

registered it

plugged it in 2 days later

works perfect for 6 days so far

did't have to forward any ports or anything

router set up with upnp already

perfect 5 bars full hsdpa on my galaxy s
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4 Likes #1
any iphones with free line rental to go with it?
#2
Sounds like a good option... Shame it's not on Orange / TMobile.
2 Likes #3
So basically they are using YOUR broadband to extend THEIR network.

brilliant!
#4
Compatible phone list
Nokia: X6 16GB, C7, C3 Pink, 5230, N97 Mini, 6730, 6700 Slide - Silver, 6730 White, C6, N900, 6700 Slide - Purple, N8 Green, C3 Slate, 5800, N8, E63 .

Apple: iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 32GB White, iPhone 3GS 16GB White, iPhone 3GS 8GB, iPhone 3GS 32GB Black, iPhone 4 32GB Black, iPhone 4 16GB Black, iPhone 3GS 32GB White, iPhone 4 16GB White, iPhone 3GS 16GB Black .

Sony Ericsson: X10 Mini Pro, Vivaz Silver, Elm, W715, W595, C510, X10 Mini, Vivaz Red, X10 .

Vodafone: 845 .

Nexus One: from Google .

Compatible phones: All 3G phones .

Motorola: Defy .

HTC: Desire HD, Desire Z, Wildfire, Desire, 7 Trophy, Touch Pro 2, Tattoo, Legend, HD Mini .

Samsung: Monte Pink, Vodafone 360 H1 black, Genio slide, Galaxy Europa, Wave, Blade Pink, Galaxy S 16GB, Galaxy S 8GB, Vodafone 360 H1 silver, Galaxy 551, Monte, Vodafone 360 M1, Blade .

BlackBerry: Bold 9780 White, Bold 9700 White, Bold 9780, Pearl 3G Pink, BlackBerry Curve 8520 Violet, Bold 9700, Pearl 3G Black, Curve 9300, Storm2, 9300 Curve Red, Curve 9300 Red, Pearl 3G 9105, Pearl 3G, Torch, Bold 9700 - Refurb. .

LG: Viewty Smile, Optimus, Optimus 7, GM750, Viewty Lite .

Does this thing work anyone??
#5
flatlander
Does this thing work anyone??
As long as its a 3G phone it'll work (this is actually hidden in the middle of the compatibility list.)

I got one a few months ago when they were £20 and they do work great. I'm using it with an E71, no issues and battery life is better as the phone isn't contantly knocking out extra power trying to maintain a signal.

Good buy if you're not in a great Vodafone coverage area and decent broadband to piggy back on.
1 Like #6
Works well. Worth it if you have 20 months to run on a 24 month contract and can't get a signal in your new home like i couldn't.
#7
Does it work with any other networks
I have 2 phones
1 vodaphone signal OK
1 orange signal is pants
#8
Have had a complete nightmare getting this to work. Spent days trying to get a sensible response from Vodafone. They said the issue was with my ISP. ISP said this was a router issue and I needed to contact the router manufacturer. Still not working after 2 months.
Not quite the plug & play I was expecting.
#9
Only works with Vodafone
#10
after not getting my iphone 4 on a £15 mth contract deal with the last sure signal box offer. i have since left vodafone after 10 years and moved to t-mobile on the £7.50 mth sim only contract. well done to all who got the deals but lets be honest why charge customers for an extra bit of kit to improve their signal. it should be free or why will they ever bother to improve signal coverage. its like charging people high call rate charges to call customer services to complain about their rubbish service
#11
Can this be used on other networks?
2 Likes #12
afromannac123
Only works with Vodafone

Hancock
Can this be used on other networks?


So im guessing not. :)
#13
Borat
any iphones with free line rental to go with it?


how can i forget that....
#14
rash
So basically they are using YOUR broadband to extend THEIR network.

brilliant!


Coudn't agree more, I really hate this product. I wish Vodafone weren't so lazy and would offer a UMA service instead. The least they could do is give it to their customers free of charge, but considering this is normally £50 or so, it is a good deal.
#15
Its a shame it doesnt work for other networks, it might have actually been useful to me then, as it is, vodafone seem to have pretty decent coverage inside my house, whereas most of the other networks struggle to find a connection.
#16
was a godsend for us as hubby runs his business from home and was unable to get signal on phone when trees in full bloom. Think vodafone should have done more to provide better signal but as they don't can def recommend this box x
#17
Quidco should track at £1 for accessories ;) Good price, dont mind for £19 but £50 there was no way Id get one! Cheers OP!
#18
Surely a gimmick?
#19
I got one for free (well, £6.95? postage) by ringing vodafone and saying I was cancelling my order..
I'm in a blackspot and this solves it perfectly.
Saying that, it was plug and play and i had to open some ports on the router, and it takes up to 24 hours to register the first time.
My router plays up occasionally so i have to reboot it, and it generally takes about 20 minutes to re-register itself without any action.

worth it if you're tied to vodafone!!!
Not completely sure how it affects your data usage and minutes if you're using this, but as you'll be using your router anyway it shouldn't matter, at least it doesn't for me.

Good deal. hot. (but better if you just ring and say you're cancelling your contract if new)
#21
If you are at home\office why not just use Wifi through the router rather than your 3g allowance? Or am I missing something? You don't need 3g to make phone calls.
#22
or £42.55 + vat for business users!

Nice to see they are co-ordinating different channels as usual.
#23
Does anyone do anything similar for other phone networks?
#24
Anyone know if they work with other providers that use the Vodafone network?

My company are with BT which does, even comes up Vodafone on the display, but data and the like needs BT specific login details.
#25
ordered, thanks very much
#26
tomky
Does anyone do anything similar for other phone networks?

I think Orange do something similar.
1 Like #27
It is the biggest load of junk I have ever purchased - Firstly they never mention the following on any of the pre-sales information that I could find:

"In order to ensure that the Sure Signal broadcasts at the correct frequency, it needs to keep accurate time by sending and receiving small amounts of data to a Network Time Protocol Server hosted by ourselves. If these packets of data take longer than 240ms to make a round-trip, the accuracy can no longer be ensured, and so the Sure Signal will automatically stop broadcasting."

So even if you have say 8MB broadband, if you have a low or variable ping latency to their NTP server it will never work or goes up and down like a yo-yo - (You can fool it by turning the box on and off and it will start working again until it tries to sync)

Secondly voice calls on the thing vary between either CB radio quality or the other end sounding a dalek (Thats with a full H signal bar on the phone?!), interestingly when this happens the person you are calling can still hear you ok, its just them that sounds like a dalek to you)

And thats with QOS enabled on the router and all the ports it needs open.

Thirdly - Any voice or data usage still comes out of your monthly tariff allowance with no discount, despite the fact you are providing half the backbone, which will also be using up your allowances with your ISP so you are infact paying twice for the same data unless you have Unlimited BB.

Also you have to setup each phone on the router by going to the vodaphone website (you can't HTTP directly into the box) and entering the phone numbers - You can only have 4 mobiles connected at any one time (out of a maximum of 30), so on the positive side at least its not a cell for anyone on vodafone that happens to wonder by your house!

Oh and the unit can hand off to cell if you leave your house, but a normal Cell cannot hand of to a suresignal, so if you jump between the two for example you are outside and go inside the call drops.

The only thing I can say works 100% acceptably on it when its working is mobile data! But strangely I have a wifi router for that already.




Edited By: lb4406 on Dec 24, 2010 13:00: bold
#28
Good find , Great for £20 especially for me out in the sticks , no longer have to hold my phone in the sky to get a signal Whoop!
#29
I don't get this - they admit that their network is poor where you are even though they are happy to take your monthly tariff, then get YOU to pay to sort the problem out???????

Makes me wonder how come Vodafone have so many customers. Very, very cold for me - these should be free if the signal's that bad!
#30
dirty8
tomky
Does anyone do anything similar for other phone networks?

I think Orange do something similar.


Orange to a System called UMA on some (I think mainly blackberry) handsets where the phone links directly to your Wifi Connection using the phones Wifi (i.e. no extra suresignal type box is needed)

Also I *believe* on orange that UMA calls and data don't come out of your tarrif allowance.
1 Like #31
They're charging you for these? They should be paying you to use these.

Call them up, complain about crap service in your house. They'll probably send you a free one (a few of my friends in the UK and with some carriers in The States have received free ones due to complaining). Voted cold for that reason.
#32
Darkman
If you are at home\office why not just use Wifi through the router rather than your 3g allowance? Or am I missing something? You don't need 3g to make phone calls.


No but you need do need a mobile signal to make phone calls - if you live or work in a black spot this will give you, your own 3G cell.

Edited By: lb4406 on Dec 24, 2010 12:59
#33
Got one from Vodafone shop in L*******l. Came out car on b****s. Merry s*****r Xmas!!!
#34
Great piece of kit. We live in the sticks, and the only provider we get a single bar with is vodafone. This device means that we now get full signal at all times.
#35
We have 2 suresignal boxes, one at my house and one in the office block and I have to admit the purpose of the box is good but its not great.

Firstly the box is completly controlled by Vodafone, you have no admin panel, you may have to open up ports as so forth and it requires DHCP as its very plug and play.

It does bring 3G to my HD2 mobile at home, i can watch youtube without problems, it does what we expect and turn registered vodafone only mobiles into useful devices around your house if you are on a works contract phone like I am. But as I have no signal around town, then the whole point of me being on Vodafone is silly, you are better off being on a provider that can reach your whole home town.

Now the bad news....

When it connects for the first time in the day you get garbled noises, if you then re-connect a call then you are fine for the rest of the day, vodafone have many complaints on their website forums about this and it affects both of my boxes, however i not heard the grabled noise for a week or so, maybe they have firmware fixed it?!

The booting speed of the box is slow, takes ages for it to connect to the vodafone network.

If anyone is a lifeguard/ambulance or receives emergency calls, this is NOT the box for you.

however, it is my only real choice for home as I can go in an y room with the mobile without leaving it by a window, so its great and does remain connected all the time


Edited By: darowland on Dec 24, 2010 13:06
#36
Oh and also may be of use to other - It doesn't work over PPoE only PPoA
#37
Ordered, I'll see how it goes.
#38
Yep, got mine free too, wouldn't pay for it, told them signal was bad and phone next to useless when at home. One promtly arrived next day ;)
#39
lb4406
It is the biggest load of junk I have ever purchased - Firstly they never mention the following on any of the pre-sales information that I could find:

"In order to ensure that the Sure Signal broadcasts at the correct frequency, it needs to keep accurate time by sending and receiving small amounts of data to a Network Time Protocol Server hosted by ourselves. If these packets of data take longer than 240ms to make a round-trip, the accuracy can no longer be ensured, and so the Sure Signal will automatically stop broadcasting."

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Also you have to setup each phone on the router by going to the vodaphone website (you can't HTTP directly into the box) and entering the phone numbers - You can only have 4 mobiles connected at any one time (out of a maximum of 30), so on the positive side at least its not a cell for anyone on vodafone that happens to wonder by your house!
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> 240ms latency? Time to change broadband providers!

For the cost, this deal is pretty good, but bear in mind that you can get these for free from Vodafone when renewing a contract. Also, as you have no control over the box, how long will it be before Voda start to use these boxes as part of their network?
1 Like #40
Ok, so here's my experience / notes ...

1) It only works on Vodafone (stated previously but people seem to keep asking !)
2) It only works if your handset is 3G
3) Any calls used when connected, will still be counted as if you were connected to a normal 3G repeater. This is a bit of a con really 'cos it will eat into your broadband data allowance, which you're paying for.
4) I have about 5Mbps broadband and I found that when I was on a call, my internet slowed to a crawl. Not sure if this is specific to my ISP, but calls to the Vodafone helpdesk resulted in me tearing my hair out (I hate all Helpdesks operators anyway, so not really Vodafone's fault!)
5) You should only consider this if you are tied to Vodafone AND/OR you live in a spot where you can't get any signal from any network. Vodafone are the only network to offer this, but changing network is preferable to having to rely on this device.
6) The device is configured through Vodafone's website, which isn't as simple as it could be.


Hope this helps.

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