no iphone reception in my house, ideas/alternative solutions?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by astromoose, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. astromoose macrumors member

    astromoose

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    Hello,
    I just moved into a new apartment that seems to kill my cell phone signal (signal in the neighborhood is generally good). I am using an iphone on at&t. I kind of get one bar of service that goes in and out if I lean real close the the upper floor window, I can also get service by walking out into the parking lot. I don't think the building is to blame, there's just lots of trees around and its kind of between hills.

    Is there a solution so I could set the iphone to forward to a number that would ring over VOIP on the computer while at home? Other than getting digital phone service for like $25 a month? I am under the impression you cannot forward calls to skype accounts. Any suggestions appreciated, as well as any tips on improving reception.

    thanks
     
  2. Lamplighter77 macrumors member

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    3G or EDGE

    Are you getting a weak signal with 3G or EDGE? Before FW 2.1 I had a similar problem at my house. It would say 3G but with only one bar. I was dropping calls and people on the far end kept saying I was breaking up. I tried turning 3G off when I got home and everything was better on EDGE. I can't remember where I read it but I read somewhere that you can lose calls when your phone loses the 3G signal and has to change to EDGE. Obviously it could have been BS since I can't even remember where I heard that but I guess its possible.

    Ever since 2.1 though I have had three bars of signal on 3G and no problems.
     
  3. astromoose thread starter macrumors member

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  4. Xtgirl macrumors regular

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    If you go near a window, do you get reception? If so, there are cell boosters available that are supposed to help pull in a signal..I think they cost around 200 dollars but I don't know whether people really like them or not.



    I just forward my calls to my home phone...that works for me(although it sucks that I have to do it)
     

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