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    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 11th Jul 17, 12:07 PM
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    Boosting Mobile Phone Signal
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    Boosting Mobile Phone Signal 11th Jul 17 at 12:07 PM
    I have an old slide phone (Samsung SGH-E520). Outside the house the signal is strong, but inside the house it is weak, sometimes dropping the call.

    With modern phones, that is a socket where a piece of wire can be installed to boost the antenna.

    No such socket exists in my phone, but do have any tips that might boost the signal indoors?

    Thanks

    Ps. Tried silver foil on back of phone, but this made the signal worse (Youtube tip).
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    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 11th Jul 17, 12:21 PM
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    Ordinarily I'd have said the various providers Wi-Fi calling apps would be the way forward, but that Samsung doesn't appear to run Android so I fear your options may be limited.

    something in the house or the construction of the house will be blocking the signal so it may be a case of having to wander around and standing in a certain spot to get a decent signal. Well either that or knock the house down.

    Depending on the network you're on you may be able to get a booster thing that connects to broadband that gives the same effect as Wi-Fi calling. Beyond that you may be out of luck unfortunately.
    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 11th Jul 17, 12:47 PM
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    The annoying thing is that other people in the house with 'decent phones' have no trouble - different networks as well
    • TadleyBaggie
    • By TadleyBaggie 11th Jul 17, 1:06 PM
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    I haven't see a mobile phone that allow an external aerial connection for around 15 years or so.
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 11th Jul 17, 1:31 PM
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    I haven't see a mobile phone that allow an external aerial connection for around 15 years or so.
    Originally posted by TadleyBaggie
    My Samsung Galaxy S2 has one. It was released only 6 years ago.

    It looks like the S3, S4, and S5 (released 3 years ago) all have external aerial ports. Maybe more recent ones do too, but I can't be bothered to check! :-P
    Last edited by esuhl; 11-07-2017 at 2:00 PM.
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 11th Jul 17, 2:49 PM
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    try propping it up on the window..........especially upstairs
    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 11th Jul 17, 2:55 PM
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    I have an old slide phone (Samsung SGH-E520). Outside the house the signal is strong, but inside the house it is weak, sometimes dropping the call.

    With modern phones, that is a socket where a piece of wire can be installed to boost the antenna.

    No such socket exists in my phone, but do have any tips that might boost the signal indoors?

    Thanks

    Ps. Tried silver foil on back of phone, but this made the signal worse (Youtube tip).
    Originally posted by anon_private

    Have you checked you have the correct firmware for your network Principally the correct modem/ baseband and CSC .
    • giraffe69
    • By giraffe69 11th Jul 17, 3:44 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 3:44 PM
    I have no signal inside my house. I bought a Vodafone sure signal for £69 and whilst I resent paying for their shortcomings (and was unsuccessful at persuading them to lower the price) it was, in the end, worth it to resolve the problem for two phones in the house.
    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 11th Jul 17, 4:22 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 4:22 PM
    try propping it up on the window..........especially upstairs
    Originally posted by ballyblack

    No difference
    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 11th Jul 17, 4:24 PM
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    Have you checked you have the correct firmware for your network Principally the correct modem/ baseband and CSC .
    Originally posted by JJ Egan
    Don't know how to do that
    Remember the phone is an old slide phone
    • dj1471
    • By dj1471 11th Jul 17, 9:12 PM
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    The people with decent phones will be using 3G or better, you appear to be limited to 2G with that phone which may explain the difference (naturally the networks aren't investing in their 2G infrastructure anymore). Networks are unlikely to have 2G boosters to offer.

    You may simply be in a 2G blackspot, but have you contacted your network? There may be a fault affecting your signal that nobody else has noticed/reported. Failing that, if you're determined to keep the phone you could try changing network.
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