Suffering From No Bars? A Guide for Better Reception

Struggling with poor cellphone reception is a problem that not only can be frustrating, it can also cause significant issues with work and social life. More damning is the seeming lack of solutions stemming from a small group of national carriers. Below is a guide on how you can boost your cell reception.

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  1. Use Bluetooth: If you have reception issues where you live, work or, often find yourself, you can achieve better reception by strategically placing you phone or by using a Bluetooth headset. This ensures that your phone will work and you can still move about your home or office.
  2. Upgraded Antenna: Little did we know, but there are bigger more sensitive antennas available for cellphones. If you are able to couple one of these with your Bluetooth headse,t it is safe to say that a weak signal issue may be abated. These antennas are normally meant for cars, but some careful hacking or searching can turn one up for home usage.
  3. Install a Repeater: We have personally used a cellphone repeater and can attest to their usefulness. They work well if you have a weak signal and would like to boost it for a wider area. The only caveat is that repeaters are extremely expensive and they only boost the signal available which is likely very little.
  4. Google Voice: Switching to Google Voice and using your computer for a phone is not for the faint of heart, but if you are a true techie who needs to reach others, it offers a solid solution. Google Voice offers the option to use your computer as an outgoing phone line so if you have no cell service, calls can still be made.

For more details check out the original article at Lifehacker.

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