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Some tips for iPhone reception in fringe signal areas ... iOS devices
The dock appears to hold the iPhone at just about the right angle for the antenna to be polarized the same way the signal off the tower is. I tried the worst room in my house, which usually shows one to two bars of strength. With the iPhone in the dock (whether connected to a wire or computer or not), it went to five bars. Next I took the iPhone out of the dock and propped it up with a shampoo bottle at the same angle. Same result - five bars. Then I put the iPhone back in the dock, but laid it down in the same location. Two bars.

Then I put it back in the dock (five bars), but I touched the metal case with my fingers (two bars). So the hot setup is to use the dock and speakerphone (or buds) in marginal areas. A case helps with the attenuation problem, too, as does gripping the phone near the top while talking with it next to your ear.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this particular solution, but have noticed that the phone's orientation seems to make quite a difference, both with the AT&T network and with my home's wireless network.]
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