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    Proper way to boost signal?

    Hi!
    I have a Kyocera Loft (Looking to upgrade to the optimus soon) and my sister has a Rumor Touch. We get the bare minimum signal amount where we live (North Carolina) but we've gotten used to it, especially for the $25 price.

    I was wondering if anyone has used/tried methods of increasing their signal whether its an electronic device or even as simple as a made-at-home antenna that could help.

    Virgin mobile has great service overall in my area.. its just where we live that we have barely no signal. We can go 5 miles north or 5 miles south and have full signal all around.

    Thanks!

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    All of the signal boosting equipment that actually works costs more than the average person would be willing to shell out just for a couple extra bars at home. A cheap alternative would be to use VoIP at home using your Wi-Fi connection and a Google Voice number so that you can still receive calls at home even with no cell signal.

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    Make all your phone calls from the roof?
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    If you don't have good signal outside your home, a repeater (like those made by Wilson) will not be of much help. For something that actually does work, expect to pay $200+, even if you get a good deal on used equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ja5219 View Post
    Hi!
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    I was wondering if anyone has used/tried methods of increasing their signal whether its an electronic device or even as simple as a made-at-home antenna that could help.

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    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ja5219 View Post

    I was wondering if anyone has used/tried methods of increasing their signal whether its an electronic device or even as simple as a made-at-home antenna that could help.

    Virgin mobile has great service overall in my area.. its just where we live that we have barely no signal. We can go 5 miles north or 5 miles south and have full signal all around.

    Thanks!
    For a made-at-home antenna you have to wrap aluminum foil around your head like a headband with a 6" ponytail in the back.

    For a more traditional method:

    A zBoost yx500-PCS will do the trick provided you have a signal where you place the external antenna.

    It's a little bit of work but if you have a signal (like on your roof or in the attic) simply mount the antenna there and connect it to the base station in the house.

    This model will not amplify 3G (that's what Wi-Fi is for anyway) but will help a lot for voice and text.

    I bought one on eBay for 69.00 complete. They are less expensive than the newer models and only good for PCS 1900mhz which Sprint, Virgin, Boost CDMA and T-Mobile uses.

    I bought mine for T-Mobile and it didn't help because there was not any signal to enhance but the Sprint handsets in my house went to full signal.

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    If you can call reliably from one spot in the house you can use a Bluetooth setup to leave the cell phone there and move around talking on a cordless phone that is linked to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HF305 View Post
    If you can call reliably from one spot in the house you can use a Bluetooth setup to leave the cell phone there and move around talking on a cordless phone that is linked to it.
    That's what I do! Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe12304 View Post
    That's what I do! Works great.
    Yep, or get one of those adapters to use your landline with, and hook up a 5 or 6 phone system, you could technically put the phone outside in your car, attic, or wherever and use your landline in the house hooked up to the cell.
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    I only get 1 or 2 bars in my house most of the time just one, but the voice works great with that. Sometimes wish it didn't when my brother calls and wants to talk for an hour.

    My 3G is what sucks in the house. I use WiFi when I'm home.

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