I finally got my housing assignment from the university last week (I was waitlisted). Pretty nice place if I do say so myself.
Only one problem: I don’t get any cellular reception in the apartment. I’m not talking about having 1 or 2 bars and suffering dropped calls. I’m talking about no reception whatsoever. Oh sure, if I open a window and lean out at the right time of day, I might get 1 bar. On a good day. If I’m lucky. Other than that I get nothing.
My first instinct was to blame AT&T. After all, it’s AT&T that had a huge dead zone in the middle of campus at my last school, and it’s AT&T that offered almost no coverage at home back in California.
Apparently, my instincts are correct. My roommate, who also has AT&T, has the same problem. My neighbor, who has Verizon, has no problem at all.
So naturally, I called AT&T to complain. Their suggestion, after I had spent a nice chunk of the afternoon on hold, was to purchase a ‘MicroCell tower’. This device which attaches to your internet connection, acts as a cell-phone booster and re-routes cellular communications over your network.
Here’s the problem: I’m already paying AT&T monthly (~$65) for service. Now they want me to pay $60 in addition, just so I can use the service I’m already paying for?
Thanks, but no thanks. Goodbye AT&T. Somehow, I don’t think I’m going to miss you.