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    ttus
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    Re: Cell Phone Tower Range

    Yes I agree that Topo, has a very big part in signal spread. Down- tilt, antenna gain, input to the antenna (rf wise), to name a few.

    At the Freq. that these work, the signal is , (as I call it "Freaky").

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    Re: Cell Phone Tower Range

    Land for the most part is pretty flat. Occassional rolling hills-but no mountains to speak of. Lots of farmland. Corn country up here



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    Re: Cell Phone Tower Range

    Under optimum conditions a tower can reach as far as 10 miles or so. That is provided that there is a clear line of sight directly from the phone to the tower. I was able to prove this on my way to Key West, FL when I was driving past the 7-mile bridge I was getting the signal from the same tower all the way to the other end of the bridge and a couple of miles more. This is because the signal was going over water. However, this is not the case for the rest of the United States. Buildings, mountains and the general terrain geography make coverage more difficult than it seems. Over flat land the signal can reach about 4 to 5 miles provided there are no trees or anything blocking line of sight.

    However, in the other extreme, in the mountains of North Carolina or between the skyscrapers of New York City, the tower range can be as little as 1/4 of a mile radius depending where you are. Another factor to be considered is the band your provider operates. 1900Mhz carriers like Sprint have more difficulty penetrating obstacles than 800Mhz carriers.

    Kev just brought up an interesting point and it is that if your building is shielded then you may not get a signal as soon as you step in. Electromagnetic waves just bounce off metal just like light does so the signal cannot penetrate your building. So I believe this is most likely the case since you say you get good signal outside. You might remember the old days where beepers didn't work inside certain places.

    Also, beware that not all towers have your carrier's antenna on it. It may be for a different company so your phone just ignores those towers.



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    Re: Cell Phone Tower Range

    Last Monday night Alltel/Verizon turned on the cell tower thats 5 miles from my house. I have the LG Swift and when the signal is fully "pegged" it goes up to 6 or 7 bars. I now can sit outside and get 5 bars and be inside of my house(an old farm house with metal siding and still get 3-4). Sorry if I was an inconvience or a pain in the butt to anyone. Just wanted to say thank you everybody-ttus,Nicknrm, Aurakles and everyone else who posted stuff about this subject for me.



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    You are very Welcome, Glad you have got more signal now.

    You Weren't any problem, Glad to help. Keep in touch.

    Take Care,

    ttus



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    They just put up a new tower near my house and I can even get reception in the basement.



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