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Tin Foil Myth....

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by Cingular GSM User, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. Cingular GSM User

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    Hi,

    I was wondering since when you put tin foil on radio antennas and TV antennas, which in turn makes the reception better; would this be true for cellular phones (especially in rural areas).
     
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  2. Fire14

    Fire14 Easy,Cheap & Sleazy
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    No.
    There are companies that sell repeaters for homes that don't require wires hooked up to your phone & people have said they work very well.
     
  3. RichXKU

    RichXKU Once had +5 dBm RSSI
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    You can purchase an external antenna for your phone if it has an external antenna jack. You can improve signal by 3-10 dB depending on antenna gain and coax/connector quality. By the same token, you can reduce signal if you buy cheap!
    Check cellantenna.com

    Note that only antenna adapters that make a metal to metal connection will actually work. Wire loops or plastic to plastic "induction" types will not do anything.
     
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  4. bobolito

    bobolito Diamond Senior Member
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    Wireless repeaters give you the most flexibility, but are VERY expensive, although coming down in price. I remember seeing one for about $300 bucks on Ebay (Buy Now price).
     
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  5. Fire14

    Fire14 Easy,Cheap & Sleazy
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    I know if they don't add a tower or antenna's to where i suggested, I may go for one of these when the price comes down some more, I can use my phone in the house, but there are a couple of area's that I can't & this would solve my problem. They are way cheaper then the prices of 600-700 when they 1st came out.
     
  6. wgray8231

    wgray8231 I don't work here.
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    Are these technology specific? Could I get one that boosts the VZW and SPCS signal in my part of the building? Would it also boost GSM or not?
     
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