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    Default What can be done to increase signal strength?

    Had the Bold for about a month now and everything on it rocks big time except for my signal strength. In my office, which by the way is known to kill cell signals, the only place I get service is in my window well. So that is where I have placed my charger and my phone sits there all day. Very annoying to respond to text messages as I have to reach into my window to send anything back. At home, there are a couple of places I lose service but for the most part it stays up fine. Is there anything I can do to increase my signal? I am running the Asian .282 OS. Is there another one with better service? I had Verizon before and didn't have any reception issues unless I went into the basement here at work. I am not going back to them because I hate that they kill GPS and don't have WiFi but I also want to make sure I'm doing everything possible to increase my Bold's AT&T signal.
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    I don't think your OS has anything to do with your signal strength. Where are you from? It could be possible that you don't have enough AT&T towers in your area. Same thing happened to me when I had Sprint, had certain spots give me reception, and had non at home, until I had a service provider that did have towers to get me service at home.

    So it could be that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by siuc1996 View Post
    Had the Bold for about a month now and everything on it rocks big time except for my signal strength. In my office, which by the way is known to kill cell signals, the only place I get service is in my window well. So that is where I have placed my charger and my phone sits there all day. Very annoying to respond to text messages as I have to reach into my window to send anything back. At home, there are a couple of places I lose service but for the most part it stays up fine. Is there anything I can do to increase my signal? I am running the Asian .282 OS. Is there another one with better service? I had Verizon before and didn't have any reception issues unless I went into the basement here at work. I am not going back to them because I hate that they kill GPS and don't have WiFi but I also want to make sure I'm doing everything possible to increase my Bold's AT&T signal.
    In your situation, it's almost worth it to switch to T-Mobile and get a
    T-Mobile branded Blackberry so you can have access to UMA.
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    I live in a large city in northern Illinois that gets 3g service almost everywhere. UMA would be great but I really don't want to switch carriers again and have to pay more ETFs. How about the signal boosters that you see advertised? Do they work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by siuc1996 View Post
    I live in a large city in northern Illinois that gets 3g service almost everywhere. UMA would be great but I really don't want to switch carriers again and have to pay more ETFs. How about the signal boosters that you see advertised? Do they work?
    I honestly don't know about the signal boosters.
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    Your 2 best solutions are;

    1. Wear tin foil hat and gloves

    2. Get closer to a cell tower

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleRedDot View Post
    Your 2 best solutions are;

    1. Wear tin foil hat and gloves

    2. Get closer to a cell tower

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    Ha. But you forgot one. Climb up on my window well and text away happily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by siuc1996 View Post
    I live in a large city in northern Illinois that gets 3g service almost everywhere. UMA would be great but I really don't want to switch carriers again and have to pay more ETFs. How about the signal boosters that you see advertised? Do they work?
    I just installed a zBoost YX510 in my home and it made a pretty big difference. Probably overkill for your office though. I've not tried them, but for short-range amplification I've heard good things about Cell Ranger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleRedDot View Post
    Your 2 best solutions are;

    1. Wear tin foil hat and gloves

    2. Get closer to a cell tower

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    Ah, you're full of crap, only number 1 really helps.
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    My brother had success with a zboost booster. I'm also looking for at&t's 3g femtocell coming out sooner rather than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siuc1996 View Post
    Had the Bold for about a month now and everything on it rocks big time except for my signal strength. In my office, which by the way is known to kill cell signals, the only place I get service is in my window well. So that is where I have placed my charger and my phone sits there all day. Very annoying to respond to text messages as I have to reach into my window to send anything back. At home, there are a couple of places I lose service but for the most part it stays up fine. Is there anything I can do to increase my signal? I am running the Asian .282 OS. Is there another one with better service? I had Verizon before and didn't have any reception issues unless I went into the basement here at work. I am not going back to them because I hate that they kill GPS and don't have WiFi but I also want to make sure I'm doing everything possible to increase my Bold's AT&T signal.
    you can shut down 3g to see if it helps with your signal alot of time gsm can penetrate those walls better or just the oppisite you can switch off edge and go full 3g to see if that helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigroy View Post
    you can shut down 3g to see if it helps with your signal alot of time gsm can penetrate those walls better or just the oppisite you can switch off edge and go full 3g to see if that helps
    Where in the phone is the option to switch to only 3g I have not found one as of yet?
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    You can only do it with AT&T on .282 go to options-Mobile Network-and change network mode to 2g
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    I did switch to 2g and I'm actually getting service now in the parts of my house where I didn't before. Its only one or two bars but its better than nothing. I'll keep an eye on it and hope it also works at my office. Thanks for the tip.

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    All lies. Keep your hand away from the back of the phone if you absolutely need signal. Also hold it away from your head if possible (speakerphone) or wired headset (or bluetooth) also take off the back cover and place the phone screen down. The antenna is rear facing, and is basically comprised of a sticker on the back.

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