Many people have completely abandoned landline phones in exchange for a seemingly more convenient cellular lifestyle. However, paying a bill for a mobile phone that doesn't work well in your home can be incredibly frustrating. Thankfully, there are a number of quick, easy and low-cost solutions to improve your cell phone signal at home.
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Things you need
- twist tie
- metal coat hanger
- wire cutter
- duct tape
- tin cans
- soldering gun
- piece of coax cable
Look in your kitchen. A little-known fact about those tiny twist-ties that come with your garbage bags is that the wire used to make them is the same wire used to make radio antennas. With that knowledge, twisting one of those wires around your phone's internal antenna opening may increase your reception. If this is a successful fix, Sellotape can complete the task by securing the wire to the phone.
Open the closet and cut a metal hanger. Wire hangers can be used as antennas or signal boosters when trimmed down to a workable size. Find your phone's SIM-card opening and gently place the tip of the cut wire slightly into the slot. Using a durable adhesive such as duct tape, secure the wire to the phone. Extra duct tape can then be put at the open end of your homemade antenna for safety purposes.
Grab your soldering tools, a couple of tin cans, a coaxial cable and watch this instructional video metacafe.com/watch/750707/how_to_make_a_cell_phone_antenna_under_5_minutes. In under five minutes, you are sure to be experiencing better cell phone reception. This method seems to have gained a lot of online popularity with great reviews, so if coat hangers and twist ties aren't helping, don't give up until you've tried this tin can solution.
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