I live on the Chesapeake Bay. My house is in a dead spot- most phones don't work here. I tried two years ago a verizon with nokia phone to no avail. This December I purchased a verizon with Motorola Star Tac phone for my wife for Xmas. Although the reception is weak, the Star Tac with one exception always managed to gain a carrier (often analog) from a distant tower across the Bay. However, we had to sit/stand in front of a window to hold carrier. The salesman told me that the Star Tac had good fringe reception and that an external antenna was available. My research has shown that no external antenna is available for the Star Tac. I was prepared to get a Yagi (Yadi) antenna and mount it on our antenna tower and run the lead into the house for home use. (The Star Tac was great in all other respects). I carry the phone while on the boat on the Bay and the Star Tac/Verizon combination was the best performance of any carrier/phone combinations. My current problem started when my wife's phone was stolen while at a Dr.'s office. I now need to replace the phone. I have 1.5 years on my plan. As long as I have to spend the money, I may as well get the best phone for my particular requirements. Can anyone suggest a phone that has good stand alone fringe area reception, accepts an external antenna, and works with verizon. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks.