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    Default Does your S3 work with Verizon Network Extender?

    Coming from a RazrMaxx and BB 9930, they both worked great at home on the Wireless Extender for poor reception areas and both always had full strength reception. The new S3 cannot get the signal or boost and stays at 1 bar of reception.

    Verizon support claim the phone should work on the extender but too new to know for sure - especially as you cannot toggle from 4g to 3G manually.

    Can anyone verify if their new S3 recognizes and works with the latest Verizon extender if you use it at home?
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    I've been meaning to try find this out as well. I have the extender and a S3. Let me Google what the *#number to call to test it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTD View Post
    Coming from a RazrMaxx and BB 9930, they both worked great at home on the Wireless Extender for poor reception areas and both always had full strength reception. The new S3 cannot get the signal or boost and stays at 1 bar of reception.

    Verizon support claim the phone should work on the extender but too new to know for sure - especially as you cannot toggle from 4g to 3G manually.

    Can anyone verify if their new S3 recognizes and works with the latest Verizon extender if you use it at home?
    You can force the s3 into 3g mode by using the "phone info " app in the play store and switch to cdma auto prl.
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    Default Re: Does your S3 work with Verizon Network Extender?

    You know when you use the network extender, you'll hear that double-beep when calling? I just unplugged my Network Extender and the double-beeps persisted. O_o

    Anyways, once it comes back up, I'll dial #48. Should announce, “You are on the Network Extender” to verify the Network Extender is functioning properly and you're registered on it."
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    Default Re: Does your S3 work with Verizon Network Extender?

    I love this Forum!

    Many thanks for the quick advice. With the App and 3G selected I am now back up to 5 bars and the #48 tip confirmed it as well!

    I was on the phone nearly an hour to Verizon support removing the battery and sim card several times while they rebooted my account etc. I should have asked here first!

    Thanks again!
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    Default Re: Does your S3 work with Verizon Network Extender?

    Here's what I did to test. I didn't use the Phone Info app to manually switch between 3G and 4G; everything is in "auto".

    1.) My Network Extender and GS3 (48 hours uptime, I also went to work today and just got home) are both turned on. I dialed #48: "You are under network extender coverage." I got the Network Extender's double-beeps when the call connected.

    2.) I pulled the power of the Network Extender. I dialed #48: "You are under network extender coverage." However, the reception is very choppy. It still does the double-beeps when the call connected. Weird.

    3.) The Network Extender power is still off. I reboot my GS3. I dialed #48: "Welcome to Verizon Wireless. Your feature update could not be completed..." I don't get the double-beeps when the call connected.

    4.) I turned the Network Extender back on and waited for it to fully boot. I dialed #48: "You are under network extender coverage." It did take 5-10 seconds to connect. And it did the double-beeps when the call connected.

    So based on 1, 3, and 4, I conclude the GS3 does work with the Network Extender. In 2, I don't know why the GS3 isn't "smart" enough to figure out that the Network Extender is turned off.

    In summary: I'm pretty sure GS3 does work with the 3G Network Extender.

    References: IT Systems Engineer by profession, BS in CS.
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    First of all: Thanks for the #48 tip!

    Secondly, I have a range extender and the GS3 and it works great on it...mostly. Five bars throughout the house, which is nice, but hand-off between the extender and a regular signal results in a dropped call. This hasn't happened with any of my other phones so that's kind of a bummer.
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    what is a network extender never heasrd of it or even seen a picture of one
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    Quote Originally Posted by iron mongoose View Post
    what is a network extender never heasrd of it or even seen a picture of one
    You can see and read about it right on the Verizon wireless website, and even order one. It basically receives and transmits to your cell phone using your broadband Internet instead of a cell tower. It isn't recommended for use with satellite Internet though, so if you are really out in the boonies with only satellite Internet then you are out of luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iron mongoose View Post
    what is a network extender never heasrd of it or even seen a picture of one


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    Default Re: Does your S3 work with Verizon Network Extender?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vondutch67 View Post
    First of all: Thanks for the #48 tip!

    Secondly, I have a range extender and the GS3 and it works great on it...mostly. Five bars throughout the house, which is nice, but hand-off between the extender and a regular signal results in a dropped call. This hasn't happened with any of my other phones so that's kind of a bummer.
    On my GS3, it's displaying 2-3 (out of 5?) bars when I'm right next to the Network Extender. I'm guessing it's displaying my 4G even though I'm connected through the Network Extender (as verified with #48).

    Using Phone Info app adn switching over to CDMA auto (PRL), it shows the full 5 bars.

    Happening to anyone else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianZ3 View Post


    THat looks different that mine (Model SC8-2U01)
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    I've been using the Verizon extender with my S3 since it first came out. I get three bars of signal strength throughout the house and can make clear phone calls.

    I don't use the 3G at home because I connect via WiFi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wacktool View Post
    THat looks different that mine (Model SC8-2U01)
    Is yours the newer one that also handles EvDO (3G)?
    a little obsessive...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesThomas936 View Post
    I've been using the Verizon extender with my S3 since it first came out. I get three bars of signal strength throughout the house and can make clear phone calls.

    I don't use the 3G at home because I connect via WiFi.
    Sounds like what's happening with me. Thanks!
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    Glad I found this forum. I've had the S3 since fri. 13 (lucky day). And average only 1-3 bars, in rural area. I do not get 4g here, not offered, only 3g. anyway, I was wondering if a network extender would work. So tomorrow visiting the Verizon store and will pick one up. I have cable internet, 40 mbps down and 5 mbps up. So, pretty sure that's enough. Thanks for ya all posting.
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    If you complain about the quality of their service and threaten to leave Verizon, they will give you a discount on the network extender. They'll even offer a greater discount if you agree to re-up for another two years.
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    #48 and I get the net ext msg, but my signal strength is only at 1 bar on 4g. Very strange!
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    I am having a similar issue. I just got and setup a Verizon network extender in my apartment yesterday and when I dial #48 it says I am under network extender coverage, however, I still only see 1 or 2 bars on my S3. If I make a call and am on the phone for more than 2 minutes or so, the signal strength jumps up to 4 or 5 bars. It seems like the network extender is working at least some of the time, but why doesn't my phone show full signal strength all the time even when it is idle? My main concern is that I have a strong enough signal so that I don't miss any calls...anyone have any idea what could be happening? I wonder if it has something to do with the mobile network settings...under Access Points I was on "EHRPD- Verizon Internet" and not LTE-Verizon Internet. I will try switching the setting when I get home tonight to see if it makes a difference. I have not yet tried the Phone Info app adn switching over to CDMA auto (PRL)...but I should not have to install a 3rd party application to properly use the extender.
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    Mine is the same. I always double check. During the night I just happen to glance at the phone and had no bars, for the heck of it dialed the #48 and yep on network extender coverage. Then after roughly 2 minutes went up to 4 bars. When I get home it takes the phone approx. 10 minutes now to pick up the bars. Network extender almost immediately, but not the bars. Weird. But, so far so good, now I am ignoring the bars and if not sure just dial the #48 to verify. or if I make the call make sure the funny sounding thing is first.
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    Just had to add this. just did a speed test, both with computer = 45 mbps and phone = 38.0 mbps For some reason, hooking up the network extender upped my speed with computer.

    So think pretty decent, Hope I got the mbps in the right order, LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skinnytoo View Post
    #48 and I get the net ext msg, but my signal strength is only at 1 bar on 4g. Very strange!
    The network extender doesn't boost 4g just 1x (voice).
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    Before I got the Network extender, I only had 1-2 bars and 1x. Now 4-5 bars and 3g. Great little gadget.
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    Default Re: Does your S3 work with Verizon Network Extender?

    Just moved to a new house and only get Verizon in my front yard . I also have never gotten signal at work. Anyone have any success getting Verizon to give a deal/discount on them? What about being released from your contract? I've put up with this for 5 years at work, but now home makes having a phone pointless.

    I'm in the middle of Austin, TX...no reason for this!
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    Network extender was working great, up til today?! Phone (Samsung Galaxy S3) is showing 4G and 2 bars. So, check extender, all blue lights, no problem. dial #48 get the You are on the Network extender coverage. So, start making calls to make sure "you can hear me now" no problems. Then in the middle of the car I check and 3g and full bars. Hang up, back to 4g and 2 bars. Can get on internet, text, etc. no problem. Called Verizon, stumped Network Extender should cancel out 4G as it's not compatible. So, take a drive to get out of NE coverage. 4G 2 bars. back home, wait about 7 minutes, #48, yep on network extender coverage, still showing 4g but now average 2-3 bars.

    Anyone else have this problem? The Rep at the verizon local corp store said they are turning on 4G and seeing how everything goes around the area. Not sure if that has anything to do with it or not.
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