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why doesn't my cell phone work well in my house?

my house is very small and was built about 1920. reception is good outside, so it is not a distance issue or no signal issue. it is like my house is a vortex but again it is small, of relatively light construction and I don't have any unusual equipment (plus it was like this before i moved anything in). any ideas?

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The most common reason for this is (obviously) lack of signal strength from the cell tower to your phone. The biggest impediment to good reception is what type of building materials are between you and the nearest tower. If you have multiple layers (e.g. several walls) it's going to be tough to penetrate. Same for steel and concrete. Insulation, even in dual pane windows, can also be huge signal blockers. So, if your house, however small, has well insulated walls (older homes were made way better, studs closer together, larger, more dense wood, etc.), you'll continue to have poor reception.

You can try a few tricks like putting a soda can over the top of your phone, or a wire, etc. Just like you would in order to boost an FM signal (which also travels via line of sight). Here's a few ideas: http://www.wisebread.com/no-signal-5-quick-ways-to-boost-your-cell-phone-reception

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Probably not the answer you were looking for, but most cell providers have network extenders you can buy to improve your cell coverage in-house (AT&T has the microcell, Sprint has the Airave). If you are well inside their coverage map you can probably convince them to send you one for free or for a nice discount.

There are also generic cell signal boosters you can buy but I'm not familiar with how effective they are or even if they are better than the 'pringles can antenna'

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answerman covered all the possible problems causing signal issues so I thought I'd give a couple of alternate solutions :)
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Thank you very much but as I tried to state in my "sub question" or whatever it's callled, it is not signal strength per se since outside my house and all around my neighborhood, everything works great. I guess my concern is maybe there's something weird and dangerous in my house that blocks the good signal. My house is very light, exterior walls have no insulation and there are almost no internal walls (bento box house!). My roof is flat. I wonder if that or something inside could affect it. While my walls are painted with latex paint, I wonder if there is lead paint below that, and if that would affect the signal or if the flat roof and/or paint or other materials on it could disrupt the signals' getting inside.....
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Also, it's totally flat where I live incase you were thinking it may be a hilly issue.
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Supposedly, you can call your phone company (while in your house or wherever you're having less than perfect reception), and they can update your location so as to receive a better signal. An upgrade of sorts if you will (no cost).

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