They DO work! I used this antenna "wilsonelectronics Quad-Band Magnet Mount Antenna (304202)" I had a continuious connection from LA to Seattle. In an hotel room I had NO Bars, connected the antenna, magic 3 bars.
Proper antenna, cables, connection, and placement, will give you dramatic results, I work with RADIO's I have never been in sales.
The connector on the back of the phone is an "FME" style connector.
Here's a link that explains all the various cell phone antenna connectors:
Connectors used in the cellular and PCS Industry
Here's a few links to places to get these antenna's.... I use one when I go hiking which allows me to send and receive texts when I get towards the tops of mountains:
Cell Phone Antennas and Cell Phone Boosters at Wilson Electronics
Buy.com - Wilson Magnet Mount Cellular Antenna
Wilson Mini Magnet Mount Cellular Antenna - FME Female (301113)
wpsantennas.com - The ARC Wireless Freedom Antenna (FR0803R30-FME) Boosts Your Cell Signal and Improves Your Wireless Performance
Wilson 301146 Cell Phone Cradle with Built-in Antenna (FME) (301146) - Wilson Electronics - 301146 -
I hope this helps!
It "updates" your roming service, and you can also activate new or used phones from Verizon by dialing this number without having to talk to cust. svc., or go to a verizon store. it is good to update your roming service every month or two. it takes literally 40 seconds. it will help with your service and if you have problems with your phone going into roming when you are in an area where it shouldn't be roming.
And to answer the guy that said external antennas don't work, is wrong, some of the car ones are magnetic and some stick to your windshield to use your windshield as the actual antenna, they both work. In florida, we have an automatic toll system called the "Sun Pass", it allows you to get into a specific lane and just drive through. they just came up with a new sun pass unit that looks like a credit card with a R.F.I.D. (Radio Frequency I.D.) chip, and one side of it is sticky with an metallic substrate in it and it uses the windshield as an antenna. Both the one that sticks to the windshield and the one that is magnetic, that sticks to your roof, both work. Fro my experience, 1-3 bars extra, but definitly atleast 1 bar most of the time 2 bars.
That connector on the back of the phone isn't an antenna port. Smoothtalker, probably the largest cell phone booster companies told me a year ago that they don't make a direct connect booster for the og droid because there is no place to connect it. the cradle they sell offers a passive connection that is barely anything. i'd do some more research before you go connecting anything to that port.
The droid actually doesn't have an external antenna adaptor. the battery case is actually made of metal and there is actually a gold plated connector that makes contact with the top left locking tab on the batt door, an also I think the large stainless steel piece on the bottom of the door also makes contact with something on the phone. So in essence, the battery door is the antenna. To get maximum reception, hhole the phone by the sides while talking on it, to avoid touching the door itself.
P.S. Even the top three locking tabs on the door look like they make contact with some sort of gold plated contacts.
P.S.S. That is the whole reason that the battery door is metal and the rest of the rear of the case is plastic.
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