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Tips You know that "pinch" method when you hold the phone that improves signal strength?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hand76, May 11, 2010.

  1. Hand76

    Hand76 Guest
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    A poster said a week ago that basically putting one finger on the top left of your phone with a second on the lower left corner improves signal strength.

    Well it works really well at my job (inside a big building) where I usually hover at 100db but using this method I get about 88-90db and adds 2 bars.

    So my question is can I do something (or add something) that will duplicate that effect without having to hold my phone with a couple of fingers?
     

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  2. Hand76

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    Would placing a little tin foil on the corners in-between the phone and the case work at all?
     
  3. zemerick

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    Sure would...at decreasing your signal. The tin foil would absorb the signal ( better than your hand. ) and block the antenna from receiving it. You need to extend the antenna outside of where you are holding your hand, which first means actually connecting something to the antenna.

    I'll look into if we have an antenna port like the droid in a bit, phone is charging atm.
     
  4. Az Scooter

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    There is an antenna port it appears, but it is covered by the back. It is just below the battery. Kind of curious that they did it that way.
     
  5. Phateless

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    That's a crazy trick. Anything like that for the mytouch?
     
  6. colnago

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    You may want to confirm if its actually a "test port", which it most likely will be. If that's the case, then an antenna would be best left for "emergency" situations. If someone is bold enough to try, and it provides positive results, the next step is "Dremmel".

    ;)
     
  7. barracuda17

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    i get 2 more bars right away with the finger hold
     
  8. jj3699

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    +1 that is so crazy :D
     
  9. nicksender

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    I definitely have noticed from day one this made a difference holding it like that. It's ridiculous you have to do this, though the call quality still is sub-par either way. The internal antenna location for the phone was probably chosen by the same dummy who thought the camera lens should be put where it was.
     
  10. Ruark

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    Same here. We live rural, and my signal often drifts down to 0 - 1 bars. With this pinch, I INSTANTLY get 2 - 3 bars. Now, if I can just figure out a way to comfortably do this and hold the phone to my right ear........:thinking:
     
  11. Z3R0115

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    Thats crazy lol, but how is it you guys know your exact db?
     
  12. theslik1

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    Look in Settings>About Phone>Network. Signal strength is listed there.

    And wonder of wonders this actually seems to work. :p
     
  13. Z3R0115

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    I feel like such an idiot now X D
     
  14. theslik1

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    Oh no...I wasn't poking fun at you. I meant that the "pinch method" seems to work. :)
     
  15. Markus729

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    I've tried this and it does NOT seem to work for me. I notice no improvement in the number of bars or in db.

    Besides, holding it that way isn't the best when actually trying to talk or use the phone. Can someone post a photo of how this is actually accomplished?

    thanks!:eek:
     
  16. Z3R0115

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    I can also I'm not noticing any improvement...Would it be possible for one of you guys to post how your holding it?

    Just incase somehow I'm doing it wrong, I doubt I am but I see no change at all...i however


    DID notice change holding it this way on the right side (with the screen facing me ofcourse) lol... well any response would be helpful :/
     
  17. Emmnemms

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    Worked for me! Instantly got an extra bar!
     

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