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Long story short, I connect via USB tethering through my phone to laptop for about 5-6 hours per day. This is the only type of connection I can use and currently looking for a new phone (if possible) that would have a better antenna. I use Sprint, have unlimited everything. My current LG G2 will connect about 3/5 and SOMETIMES go into LTE. Are any phones out there proven to have a better antenna and possibly be able to connect to 4G LTE all the time.
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My brother's S4 picks up signal pretty good even when we are out in the middle of nowhere he'll get better signal than my phone.
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My brother's S4 picks up signal pretty good even when we are out in the middle of nowhere he'll get better signal than my phone.

The S4 was my choice, but I figured id come here first to ask just incase anyone knew something. Thanks for the input
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You might look into a cell phone booster. Those use external antennas as well as an amplifier. They are expensive, however.
     
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You might look into a cell phone booster. Those use external antennas as well as an amplifier. They are expensive, however.

Hmm i never actually looked into this but sounds very interesting. My current LG G2 phone works fine and was only looking to replace if I could get a better connection, but if these boosters actually work (ill have to do a lot of reading) then I may actually just go that route.
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You might look into a cell phone booster. Those use external antennas as well as an amplifier. They are expensive, however.

Hmm i never actually looked into this but sounds very interesting. My current LG G2 phone works fine and was only looking to replace if I could get a better connection, but if these boosters actually work (ill have to do a lot of reading) then I may actually just go that route.

Start with weboost (formerly Wilson electronics). Their products are popular with RVers though they can be used on stick&brick dwellings just fine.
     
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Start with weboost (formerly Wilson electronics). Their products are popular with RVers though they can be used on stick&brick dwellings just fine.

This may be a dumb question, or just lack of me knowing how things work but the booster themselves is it an actualy "BOOSTER" or does it just send a separate signal? My issue is that the connection on my phone is rarely 4G so when im connected, things just take a very long time or i run at ~150-200ms. Will this booster increase my signal thus lowering my ping?
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Start with weboost (formerly Wilson electronics). Their products are popular with RVers though they can be used on stick&brick dwellings just fine.

This may be a dumb question, or just lack of me knowing how things work but the booster themselves is it an actualy "BOOSTER" or does it just send a separate signal? My issue is that the connection on my phone is rarely 4G so when im connected, things just take a very long time or i run at ~150-200ms. Will this booster increase my signal thus lowering my ping?

Most work by capturing the signal with an outside antenna, amplify it, then rebroadcasting it inside. Some have an inside cradle that the cell phone has to be placed into. Others use an inside antenna to broadcast a stronger signal inside (to avoid causing a signal loop. the outside antenna has to be separated from the inside antenna by a certain distance, the amount depending on the type of equipment used).

I recently installed a Straight Talk home phone setupmade by Huawei to replace my landline because of the excessive number of robocalls I was getting (granted, even one is excessive but I was getting several a day). It works on the Verizon network and allows m to connect my cordless phone base station to it. Since I live in an aluminum box (mobile home), to get a decent signal, I installed a cable from the home phone box to out side and installed the original antenna outside. Sprint has discontinued using Huawei but they may have something else similar.
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Blackberry's phone since z30 have been using the paratek antenna for additional signal boost in poor areas. I think even with 4g/lte connections it will work. From reviews the Priv have even better reception and strength than previous z30s. So if the passport or priv is available on sprint it may be something worth looking into.
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I use Sprint, have unlimited everything.

I think we've found the problem. biggrin.gif

Seriously though any Motorola phone will have excellent reception
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