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mitty
1st August 2008, 05:13 PM
Okay, so I've just noticed something. And no, I'm not wearing my tinfoil hat.

The network just came back up (hurrah) so I was playing with my phone.

On my desk, I have a metal plate bolted into the corner of my desk where my keyboard sits. Anyway, if I sit my phone on this metal plate, or perhaps on my PC, the signal increases to 5 bars. (laying flat).

But if I pick it up, it drops to 3.

I've got a skin on my phone... so when I get home I'm going to line it with tin foil and see if it improves my usual one bar of reception.

Yep, I know, I'm nuts. But hey it's worth a try. If you want, experiment with metal surfaces, stuff like that and see if it improves your reception.

mac_man_luke
1st August 2008, 05:14 PM
its most likely the metal plate is reflecting signal into the phone

putting foil inside the skin might work or it might do the opposite eg block the signal

WhiteiPhone
1st August 2008, 05:15 PM
*puts iphone on top of my 2 external hard drives, and waits......*

aluminium foil cuts signal down

mitty
1st August 2008, 05:17 PM
^oh come on, my iphone is white as well. throw me a bone here. :D

WhiteiPhone
1st August 2008, 05:19 PM
well its on my hard drives and its getting 4 bars, and if its docked it gets 3-4.
but then again the drives are round 20cm high.

Kensei
1st August 2008, 05:23 PM
I've always wondered if that's the effect you get with the "i-tena". Is it made from a metallic substance? personally I think its all snake oil like the hiclone, but some people swear by it.

I'd hate to think that the thing is boosting the signal so much that it will be irradiating my ear and my goolies :mad:

XzRXAqSevfg

Joey1983
1st August 2008, 10:33 PM
I've always wondered if that's the effect you get with the "i-tena". Is it made from a metallic substance? personally I think its all snake oil like the hiclone, but some people swear by it.

I'd hate to think that the thing is boosting the signal so much that it will be irradiating my ear and my goolies :mad:

XzRXAqSevfg

just unlock the damn phone so it doesn't keep going to sleep, that was annoying... :mad:

Sounded radio active once he put the thing on :confused:

Sebastianmonty
1st August 2008, 10:49 PM
That product looks awesome. Can anyone confirm how it is in Aus?

WhiteiPhone
2nd August 2008, 12:20 AM
That product looks awesome. Can anyone confirm how it is in Aus?

it dont work with the iPhone3G,
look up i-tena on usa ebay

dotnet
2nd August 2008, 02:33 AM
On my desk, I have a metal plate bolted into the corner of my desk where my keyboard sits. Anyway, if I sit my phone on this metal plate, or perhaps on my PC, the signal increases to 5 bars. (laying flat).

Hmm, that would explain why I get such good signal in my favourite hide-out. The clothes dryer.
;)

Cheers
Steffen.

Sebastianmonty
2nd August 2008, 10:50 AM
it dont work with the iPhone3G,
look up i-tena on usa ebay

Thanks. So what options have we got for 3G users on Optus then?

ltree
2nd August 2008, 02:34 PM
it dont work with the iPhone3G,
look up i-tena on usa ebay

On their site they state they tested it with the "new iphone" and it works. I think I'll order one, any improvement would really help in my location

Sebastianmonty
3rd August 2008, 03:17 PM
Yeah I emailed them on Firday morning our time. Thursday their time, and as of yet I haven't heard back. I would really love full bar reception myself otherwise I may switch to 3 on the 4th of August

coolkid092
3rd August 2008, 09:24 PM
I had one of these things in my Motorola V6Maxx on Telstra's NextG network. Although mine was pretty dodgy it worked splendid... it usually boosted signal by 2bars...

It said on the packaging that all it did was capture stray radiowaves and direct them to the phones antenna.

WhiteiPhone
3rd August 2008, 09:28 PM
It said on the packaging that all it did was capture stray radiowaves and direct them to the phones antenna.
so what one minute your talking to your best mate, the next second you hear the radio?

mechcon
3rd August 2008, 09:37 PM
Next fortnight I'm a buying 2!!!! Perhaps Mactalk bulk-buy?

mechcon
4th August 2008, 06:53 PM
bump, for anyone else interested in doing a bulk purchase?

Sebastianmonty
5th August 2008, 05:51 PM
I am thinking of buying one. How is the antenna set up in the 3g model? Is it in the same set up. The only issue i have is mine is white and i would have to have a black itena.

lurka
5th August 2008, 06:18 PM
+1 for a bulk purchase

where do I sign?

forgie
5th August 2008, 06:34 PM
I had one of these things in my Motorola V6Maxx on Telstra's NextG network. Although mine was pretty dodgy it worked splendid... it usually boosted signal by 2bars...

It said on the packaging that all it did was capture stray radiowaves and direct them to the phones antenna.
Hmmm. If the one antenna is used for both sending and receiving RF, it would follow that such an antenna would amplify the transmitting sensitivity. In other words, you are now pumping out more RF power, and are increasing any potential adverse health effects as a result. :(

streddy
5th August 2008, 08:29 PM
well its on my hard drives and its getting 4 bars, and if its docked it gets 3-4.
but then again the drives are round 20cm high.

I'm sorry I gotta call bullshit on this product. Unless someone actually had it, i can't see how it works. As someone who specialises in mobile phones and RF it seems pretty suspicious.

When he puts the sticker on just after it you can hear the phone receive a text message. Then when he unlocks it, you can see this message. For anyone who doesn't know, when you receive a text message your phone boosts its signal greatly (hence the longer stanby time than by talk time). Your phone constantly talks to the tower (basically saying i'm here) and when you receive a call or message it pumps up the power to get better reception. This explains seeing the higher receive bars. I could do the same, simply by getting a friend to sms me while I'm putting my "product" of chewing gum on the back.

Maybe its a real product, or maybe not. Until I hear more people using them on an Iphone 3g I'm not going near it.