Cell Phone Reception is bad, need suggestions.

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  1. jeff lam

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    I have a Sanyo SCP-4900 with sprint PCS which is suposed to be one of the best cell phones out there (so I have heard) but in my place it just can't get a good signal. There is just something strange in my complex as 1 block away I get a full signal but in my place it's 1 line or nothing. I always loose calls in my place.

    I need suggestions to improve my signal and I know those sticker antennas do no good but what about other ones like:

    http://www.eforcity.com/csyo4900an01.html

    Any other suggestions to help with the reception in my place without spending a lot of money?
     
  2. Brian E

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    Don't know, but seems like it would work. I guess $15 isn't to bad to find out. They do have a 14 day money back offer.
     
  3. David-S

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    I don't know about that one specifically, but the only way to increase your cell phone reception is to install a repeater (>$700), or get a longer, powered antenna (which that is).

    So, theoretically, if that is really what they say, it should improve your reception. Just make sure that you have a way to plug it in at your house, if it's meant for a car, it may have a 12vdc power supply... [​IMG]
     
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    The sticker type cell phone antenna boosters are a scam. They can provide a mild placebo effect but there's nothing but "junk science" behind them.
    http://www.cbc.ca/streetcents/guide/2002/04/s02_01.html

    I suspect your problem lies within your carrier. Sprint doesn't have the network that some of the others have and it sounds like you're too far from one of their antennas. I travel a lot with different folks and we all carry cell phones, but the ones with Sprint have consistent problems getting reception in various cities. If you can get out of your contract for your inability to get good reception, you might try Verizon or AT&T. Nationwide, they have the best coverage.
     
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    I don't know anyone that has good success with Sprint. I have AT&T and it costs more but the coverage and reception never die compared to people I know with Sprint.
     
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  7. Mark Frank

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    I have Sprint service and I have the same sort of problems at my office. My phone works fine in the parking lot, but not inside the building, even on the top floor. I talked to a Sprint contractor at my company and he said that it was because our building has a metal roof. Now I know that I can get a good signal on my phone if I use it under a skylight (luckily there is one right outside the door of my office).

    Could your complex have similar issues?
     
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    I'm not too far from the antenna because 1 block in any direction gets me a full signal. It's just in my apartment that I have trouble.

    I was always told that sprint was very good but maybe that has changed.

    Anyway, is thee anything I can do to help the signal in my place for a small price?
     
  10. Walt N

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    Jeff, is the reception better if you stand by a window? I don't know of anything else cheap that will help.
     
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    I have Sprint, and it works great. Never had a problem with reception.
    -Erik
     
  12. LisaAdams

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    i found a solution for you.

    try to contact 936 228 0400
    this company is gonna help you in your problem.

    its about cell phone signal boosting.
     

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