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  1. Nite Hawk

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    Okay, how to boost android cell re4ception signal.

    Thanks!
     

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    Cant recall the name but theres an app that suposedely does that. It might work for you. Search the Market for boost signal
     
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    All those silly boost apps do is turn your airplane mode on and off. You can do the same think with a toggle widget on your phone. Turning airplane mode on then off forces phone to use closest tower after toggling off which may or may not give you a stronger signal.
     
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    Get a phone with better signal strength. ;) :D

    My razrs is great. :p
     
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    if you live in rural america and are getting poor reception at your home, check with your carrier and get a network extender.
     
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    None off the app solutions I've seen work, they just try to make it appear that the signal is stronger. The old school sticker type boosters never worked and are pure scam through and through. What may improve things?

    - Make sure your PRL and profile are up to date menu > settings > system updates

    - Make sure you have the latest radio firmware. How to do this depends on the device and carrier. For unlocked devices, generally the update firmware tool in system updates will do. For many carriers, you will have to contact them or look for updates on your devices support page. If rooted, you may be able to find and flash updated radio firmware yourself. Check the All-Things-Root section of your devices forum.

    - If the reception issue is in a specific location like work or home you may be able to get an extender or femtocell (provides reception through a broadband connection like cable, dsl or fiber). These are usually carrier specific, especially the femtocell's. I've been using a Sprint Airave (Femtocell) for years which has totally solved my home reception weakness. Though it sells for $100 and has a monthly fee, I was able to get one free of charge just by politely asking.

    - Lastly, If your current device doesn't work well? Complain to your provider! Possibly get a new device that has better reception or in the extreme, switch to another provider entirely.

    Good luck!
     
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    the advice pastafarian gave is right on the money. as to network extenders, i've been using a verizon extender for about 2 1/2 years. well worth the $200 and verizon does not charge a monthly fee.
     
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    T-Mobile supplies them for free. Why does VZ charge you $200 to correct their poor service?

    It cannot work. Impossible for it to work. Bogus.
     
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    That's subjective, not factual. A general assumption cannot be made by your experience. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. What might not work for you...most likely could work for another.

    The application feedback page says it all.
     
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    No, it's fact that 'signal booster' apps cannot work and are bogus. What's subjective is that some users think they maybe can see some improvement, which is impossible and only a placebo effect. IOW, I installed an app that says it improves reception, therefore it must be better.

    There's only 4 ways to improve reception:
    1. Improve the actual signal from the tower.
    2. Change your location.
    3. Physically improve the phone's hardware.
    4. Replace the phone's radio software.

    'Signal booster' apps cannot do any of those.
     
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    Bogus or not... It works for me.

    Let's make others make their own call on whether its worth using or not. Okay.

    I don't want to derail this thread into a discussion on whether this works or not.

    Thanks.
     
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    Absolutely Impossible. You only THINK it works.
    I listed reasons why it cannot work. If it works, can you explain how it does work?

    But isn't that what the thread is about...improving reception and what works?
     
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    You think... What makes you such a knowledgeable genius to assume (yes, assume) that this application is indeed bogus. Because of the list made above. Fifi.

    FYI: Number one in your four reasons is my answer to what this application does.

    Some what similar but not exact.
    ^ To be exact. The answer for this that I've found to be somewhat reliable..was the application in question.
     
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    Please explain how an app installed on your phone can possibly improve the actual signal from the tower.
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. Maybe disconnecting and reconnecting to the network can fix funky issues with connectivity (either on the tower or phone side), but it isn't going to help your signal situation one damn bit.

    Radio communications is pure physics through and through. Apps are not going to overcome physics.
     
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    Exactly!
     
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    I agree with Crash and Demache, there is no way an app can just magically boost your signal, it's all placebo effect. It's similar to all those car gadgets that promise better gas mileage, people swear by it but usually it does nothing or makes it worse.

    Plus if these apps really did work why wouldn't At&t, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint release one themselves to their customers instead of giving them a signal booster?

    To quote:

    That's how you improve it.
     
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    it rapidly turns on and off your airplane mode which means every time you allow signals into the phone it tries to pick off the the closest tower giving you better reception in all phones you can do this manually but most of the time you can't do it as fast so yes it could work really well for people just a input on yours and everyone elses it can't work cause its impossible theory :D
     
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    Bull. Stupid idea. And an app doing that is worse than worthless since it will waste battery. The phone will do a fine job of maintaining connection to the optimal tower all by itself. A lot of very smart engineers have spent huge amounts of time and companies' money making sure of it.
     
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    someones alittle scared of being wrong lol say what you want but i dont want to keep toggling airplane mode and so a app that does that for me is a good thing in my eyes.
     
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    Hi, Devan here. Although I do agree with the fact that an app alone won't magically fix signal on a device, the concept of making a phone connect to the most local tower is actually logical. Let's face it, cell phones run off of multiple towers taking signal from the closest to the closest. Sometimes, this signal hangs up and lags, from personal experience. So using the quick airplane mode reset trick makes it re-register itself manually in a sense to the closest local tower. Again, I state, I do agree with you, but the amount of flaming and hostility is un-necessary. Now onto business:

    A couple things to those who are looking for signal, Hardware:
    Microcell (GSM baseband booster)
    Repeaters (Antenna hooked up to an amplifier to boost signal)
    Physical modifications of hardware as stated previously

    Something that has not been gone over which should is custom ROM's. When using custom ROM's, you are also going to be looking into different radio software. It's like taking a stock engine and turbo charging it, the stock engine wasn't the greatest, but with some modification and some effort, you can better the engine's performance, thus the same corralation with the cell phone idea.

    Note on repeaters: The FCC as well as cell phone carriers DO NOT like the use of repeaters, as they do not comply with the interference policies of the majority of devices, thus causing major cross talk to users in the surrounding area. This happens because the repeater will overbear the tower signal and produce so much noise over the air it prevents proper operations for other devices trying to use the tower.

    Note on ROM's: The process of rooting one's device, and flashing a custom ROM to a phone is not for the average user. Rooting alone can turn your phone into a brick, and ROM's, if not installed 100% correctly can cause awry behaviors as well as less than perfect operation.

    These are all options to look into. My suggestion, if you're someone who loves to learn, and doesn't want to pay for a carrier's mistakes of not putting up-to-par software in your phone to communicate with towers, look into rooting your device and flashing a custom rom onto the device.

    Just figured I'd put my two cents in and get everything back on track here.
     
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    Hi Devan, and welcome to AF :)

    Actually I'd guess that most people who flash custom ROMs never touch the radio firmware. On my previous device I did try every radio firmware released, and TBH it was hard to be certain that there was any effect beyond placebo (unless you tried flashing an Eclair radio on a Froyo or GB ROM, in which case the camera stopped working ;)). It may be that with some other phones later radio releases make more difference, but from my experience it's not something you can count on.
     
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