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Best Phone for Bad Reception?

StrategicQ

Jun 17, 2005, 1:13 PM
I work on the 10th floor of a 14-story building in downtown Washington, D.C. Outside the building and on the roof, I get five bars on my Motorola C333. I am in a room where my phone indicates "No Service". Ten feet away but still in the room, I get one bar. At a window about 30 feet from the room, I get between 2 and 4 bars.

What current phone should I get in order to get reception? Of course, I also want to be sure not to drop calls in strong reception areas. Is it true that the phones with the best reception on all bands are phones with an analog mode (meaning that I should expect the Motorola E815 to have worse reception on digital bands than Motorola V710)? Should I expect to get reception with any phone?
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StrategicQ

Jun 17, 2005, 1:19 PM
Note that even though I only mentioned Motorola phones, I am interested in any phone that can handle the poor reception where I am.
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hellfire666

Jun 17, 2005, 1:41 PM
do you know if your building has a dampener? if so that could be the problem. we have one in my building and my reception is poor while i'm at work.
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VZWSnarf

Jun 17, 2005, 1:59 PM
Well, it really depends on the area/market you are in. You will want a tri-mode phone (For those areas that don't have digital towers but may have analog towers), and for instance in my area (Northern suburb of Chicago, IL) it seems that the LG VX-6100 has great signal strength. My manager carries the 6100 and swears by it, says it is the best phone he has ever carried. On the other hand, people on the 6100 forum say it is a piece of crap. It is really odd... You might just want to try the 6100 out and see how you like it... remeber you do have a 15 day return policy.
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n4aof

Jul 15, 2005, 2:45 PM
hellfire666 said:
do you know if your building has a dampener? if so that could be the problem. we have one in my building and my reception is poor while i'm at work.


There are ONLY two ways to stop cell phone reception:

1) Shield the area, i.e. surround the area with metal (a lot of buildings go this unintentionally)

or

2) Block the phone signal with a stronger signal. The transmitters to do this deliberately are all illegal in the United States. (Most transmitters that do it accidentally are also illegal, but that is a different issue).
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