Signal Boosting

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I live in a rural area & just bought an iPhone 6 yesterday. We use it for our wi-fi hotspot. The phone is showing only one bar & internet freezes up & I have to reconnect our MacBook using Network Diagnostics. My question is: is there a way to boost the signal on the iPhone 6, or is there a better/more powerful phone out there for us?
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You might consider a Telus hotspot with a larger antenna and the ability to easily place in the best location in your house for reception. They are also offering a special in some areas to provide Internet connectivity through cellular where there is no land-based Internet available.

Otherwise see if moving your phone to other locations in your house helps, or look at signal boosters at The Source website.
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Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately I was with Telus & had a NetComm hub which just "died" & I was told that they don't have any new hubs available, don't know when or if they'll get any and won't even take/put my name on a wait list for one. My only choice for internet seems to be using the personal wi-fi hotspot.

I like the new phone but I just wonder if we made the right choice in purchasing the iPhone 6 or if there is a better/more powerful phone for our needs? I can't believe my old flip phone got more bars on it than this new iPhone!
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How do I get rid of all the comments on my I pad . I get up to 200 a day asking Koodo questions..
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Are these emails from the forum? I think you can disable forum email notifications.
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Do a search on this page near the new topic box for "signal booster" to get some ideas. You must have a basic signal to start with since 10 x zero is still zero. Bars on the phone are just a basic approximation and can vary widely from one phone to another even though reception quality may be the same. You have to get the signal strength readings in terms of -db units from the system parameters of the phone itself or thru a downloaded app. A number much worse than -100 (-109 is worse, -85 is better) will probably give you just intermittent service.

You can also investigate Xplornet internet service by satellite if you have a clear view of the southern sky as a less expensive alternative to cell service.

In terms of stopping unwanted comments from here, make sure you are signed in to this board, click on your name at the top right of the page and choose "profile". In the next window choose edit and modify your email and notifications.

Hope this helps.
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Sadly short of building an 80 foot tower, we're not candidates for satellite service either...
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If your foliage is that dense, it's not surprising that your signal is weak at ground level. I live in a heavily forested area and my signal goes from -109 to -90 (~1 bar to ~3) walking less than 100 feet into a clearing on the property. My cell tower is about 400 meters away but not line-of-sight due to forest and hilly terrain.

When I'm inside the house, my phone lives in a stand that's mounted in a window.