I am looking for the answer to your question months after you posted.
First of all, apparently (by ofcom website) mobile signal repeaters are illegal and it can cost you up to 5,000 GBP and/or 51 weeks in jail. Because the frequency spectrum is owned by (O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Three respectively) and anyone else is forbidden to emit in the same spectrum(s).
Second of all, If you are a:
Vodafone Customer, you can buy a Sure Signal box connect it to your home internet connection and that will emit a local small Vodafone Signal (this device is also called femtocell device), for this to work you need internet connection (BT, VirginMedia etc.).
Three's Home Signal is the same thing.
O2-PayMonthly have an app called TuGo - which does kind of the same thing over your WiFi.
EE, T-Mobile and Orange Customers have the Signal Box, but unfortunately even though Virgin Mobile uses their signal, it doesn't looks like this box will help us.
If you got a soultion for a bad signal at home with Virgin Mobile than please post it.
This SmartCall it only talks about "your Virgin Home Phone" , and getting the Home Phone minutes on to your mobile and even abroad.
It doesnt' really talks about a Virgin Mobile. (as far as I can tell from the link you gave me)
Am I misunderstanding something (I hope I do)?
Or this app will be for Virgin Home Phone (Landline) as well as Virgin Mobile ?
I am not 100% sure it wont work. I.just dont know exactly.how they work.
My guess is that they use the same frequency as EE , and to authenticate you (who you are what can you call and so on) they connect this SignalBox to the EE server through the internet.
Happy to help with this
You're quite right that the SmartCall app we're developing is to be used in conjunction with a landline and not mobiles at the moment, although it does use the WiFi on the mobile to make calls through your landline.
I can appreciate this isn't something you will be able to take advantage of at this time.
As EE's Signal Boxes haven't been tested with Virgin Mobile, there's no guarantee it will work. For more information on this, have a look at this thread.
I am very dissapointed to hear that. I don't see much point on having an app on your mobile to use your landline minutes, like home. It would be much more usefull having the same app but for Virgin Mobile Customers. When I don't have signal in my home but have WiFi I could still use my phone (people could still reach me).
Hope Virgin will make this app avalaible for Mobile customers as well.