Cell phones often have trouble picking up reception inside buildings for a variety of reasons. Signal interference from trees and other buildings, distance from the tower, and even the materials your house is built from can all affect the signal quality. Poor signal strength can result in dropped calls, tinny or inconsistent audio, and a quickly-draining battery, as the phone constantly searches for service. There are a few devices you can try that will improve your phone's reception in your house.
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Things you need
- External antenna
- Signal repeater
Check your phone to see if it supports using an external antenna. Look for a physical jack on the phone that is separate from the headphone jack. Place the antenna in a window, and plug the phone into the connection cable. You can purchase an external antenna from your cellular carrier, or from stores that sell cellular accessories.
Consider purchasing a cellular signal booster. These systems are wired into your home and do not require a physical connection to your phone. They receive the cell tower signal using an antenna mounted on the roof, and amplify and rebroadcast the signal throughout the home. They can be purchased from companies that sell cellular accessories.
Consider a femtocell if you have broadband Internet service to your home. A femtocell is a device that connects to a broadband Internet connection and broadcasts a wireless signal. The cell phone picks up the signal from the femtocell as if it were a tower, and the call is carried over the Internet. Many cell phone carriers sell them, but they may cause you to incur an extra monthly charge.
Tips and warnings
- Don't waste your money on the little stick on antenna boosters that are supposed to go under the battery. They don't work.
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