Cell phone coverage inside house

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by super tomtendo, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. super tomtendo macrumors 6502a

    super tomtendo

    Aug 29, 2009

    For about the past 3 years, for some god known reason, my house blocks incoming calls and/or text messages at random. I always have 3-5 bars, but if you try to make a call, it will sometimes just sit there for a good amount of time before it actually starts to dial.

    Other times, I won't recieve a call or a text. The person on the other end either had it ring multiple times or the text was sent X minutes ago before I finally recieve it.

    Does anyone know what my problem is? I feel like if I have 3-5 bars, I shouldn't be having a problem. What could be blocking this? Is there a device I could use to track down some signal blocker? I know there is extenders or cell reception strengtheners, but... I don't think that's the problem.

    As you can imagine, it's very frustrating.
  2. buddgeez macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2012
    Omg I have had this problem with my phone and since I live in an apartment the walls are fireproof and very thick and made with cinder blocks and that really causes major reception problems. Everyone in my apartment complex that have Sprint, has this problem. May I ask what company do you have?
  3. super tomtendo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    super tomtendo

    Aug 29, 2009
    Verizon, and not just iPhones. Droid has a similar or worse problem.


    However. This is a house. No cinder blocks. Just wood and siding. I think some sort of device is blocking it.


    There is no way I have bad service in the area. I live in a popular area with Verizon and att being strong.
  4. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    You should call your carrier and discuss it with them. It may not be anything on your end.
  5. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Complex question with no easy answer.

    Could be your carrier freqs and home construction material dont play nice together.

    In Sprints case they will give you a signal booster for free. Not sure about other carriers.
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    As stated above, call your carrier. It may not even be a coverage/reception issue.

    If you step out the door you don't have these problems?
  7. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Also keep in mind that the bars don't always mean you're getting a good or bad signal. Those only tell you signal strength, which is part of the equation but not all of it. There's other factors to consider too:

    1. If the cell site is overloaded with too many users
    2. You could be in a border zone, right on the edge of multiple cell sites
    3. there could be something inhibiting your phone's ability to get a signal out to the cell site. If the cell sites can't hear you, you can't make or receive a call, even if you're getting good signal from them.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    There are times when I don't get the best signal inside of my house either. Fortunately, it isn't very often.

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