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Tmobile/V180 - Bad Reception

by russmanub / January 5, 2005 1:44 PM PST

I have Tmobile's service, and the Motorola V180 phone... and this combination does not work for me at all. The recption in my apartment (Arlington, VA) and work (downtown DC) is bad... and as such totally defeats the purpose of a cell phone.

Can anyone let me know how I can improve my chances of better reception... Use some boosters, or perhaps a different phone? Would really appreciate some help.. I just renewed my contract with Tmobile, and might not be able to move away from them.

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Tmobile/V180 - Bad Reception
by dave1973 / January 6, 2005 10:18 AM PST

You might want to ask people you know if they have T-Mobile and what phone they use to find out if the problem is the phone, reception, or both. People I know in NW Indiana overall complain about T-Mobile having poor reception. If you use a booster, don't get one of those stickers that you place inside of the phone as it's a waste of money and do nothing to improve reception. The booster you want is to get an antenna that hooks into a jack on the phone, or if it has the universal screw on retractable antenna, take that off and hook the line of the booster antenna to the phone. I normally see those types at truckstops. You can check on the type of booster antenna that would work for you.

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The most important question to ask is...
by jbroshear / March 6, 2006 9:54 PM PST

The most important question to ask is do you have any friends or colleagues that also use T-Mobile? See how their reception is at your office or in your apartment. If they have no problems, then it might just be time to upgrade from that little V180.

If the T-Mobile friends all have problems and the Cingular or Verizon friends don't, then it might be time to switch carriers. I know Verizon is the only one that has reception on the DC Metro.

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this may help
by jjh34 / March 3, 2006 2:19 PM PST

I bought a cell booster from and it has completely resolved my in-house issues with my cell phone. I have a tmobile razr phone and it was supposed to get great reception, but it didn't at home. So where I used to get one bar (occasionally) now I get four!!!!!!!

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