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    Cell phone usage

    I just got up to date with the rest of the world and got an iPhone 7. I have a pole barn with metal roof and sides. I soon realized that I canít get any cell phone signal in there. The only place I can get one bar of signal, is if I place the phone on a window sill. Is there some type of gadget that I can get in order to help boost a phone signal? The shed is 30x50 in size and is a wood post and frame type. Here is a photo of it:

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    Quote Originally Posted by raco232 View Post
    Is there some type of gadget that I can get in order to help boost a phone signal?
    1. If you can get internet service into the building, add a wifi router and turn on your phone's wifi calling feature.
    2. Ask you cellular provider about a microcell.
    3. Install a signal booster. Here's one example for $400.
    - (I know nothing about this particular brand. The link is for understanding only.)
    - How To Boost A Cellular Signal In A Metal Building - AlternativeWireless.com
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    No cell phone signal in the barn = peace and quiet in the barn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RodW View Post
    1. If you can get internet service into the building, add a wifi router and turn on your phone's wifi calling feature.
    2. Ask you cellular provider about a microcell.
    3. Install a signal booster. Here's one example for $400.
    - (I know nothing about this particular brand. The link is for understanding only.)
    - How To Boost A Cellular Signal In A Metal Building - AlternativeWireless.com

    Wifi calling works fine if you are calling out. Not so for receiving calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    No cell phone signal in the barn = peace and quiet in the barn.
    Most of the time

    Otherwise this what I do if Iím waiting for a call
    The only place I can get one bar of signal, is if I place the phone on a window sill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    No cell phone signal in the barn = peace and quiet in the barn.
    This was my immediate thought when I read the original post. Last thing I want when Im in my garage is someone calling me. They all know where I live.....stop by and have a seat, but dont call me.

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    There are "Active" boosters that require power and can repeat the signal inside the building. There are also cheap "Passive" antennas that can work when you have a good signal at the window like you do. It might be worth trying.

    I'm not advocating this particular solution, I'm only providing it as an example.

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    I hear yíall about the peace and quiet.......that is until.......The WIFE needs me, but too lazy to walk out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    Wifi calling works fine if you are calling out. Not so for receiving calls.

    Dave
    Never heard that before...it seams to work both ways for me here-I have very limited service (ATT), especially in my basement shop. I got rid of the microcell when wifi called came out and I think service is better with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    Wifi calling works fine if you are calling out. Not so for receiving calls.

    Dave
    That is not true in my case. When we are at home, both my phone & my wife's phone are connected to wifi only. Both receive & make calls fine.
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