How to Boost a Cell Phone Signal in a Rural Area

How to Boost a Cell Phone Signal in a Rural Area
Everyone has an issue with a cell phone signal from time to time, especially if they are in a rural area. These areas have less reception because they are not normally near an interstate where cell towers are most abundant. If there was a way to boost the signal, it would definitely make things easier. Well there is a way.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cell phone Paper clip Tape
  • Cell phone
  • Paper clip
  • Tape
Step 1
Open the rubber stopper that conceals the external antenna jack. It is normally located on the back of the phone.
Step 2
Take a paperclip and pull out the outer end until it is sticking out straight in line with the clip.
Step 3
Bend the tip of the pulled out piece at a right angle. The best way to do this is with needle nose pliers. The bend should be about an 1/8 of an inch from the end of the clip.
Step 4
Insert the bent tip into the external jack and place the rest of the paperclip on the phone.
Step 5
Tape the paperclip in place on the back of the phone and look at the signal strength. It should have increased if there was any reception in the area to begin with.

Tips & Warnings

The smaller the piece of tape used the better. This will add to the signal strength. Tape could block the signal somewhat.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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