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    Whats this port?

    On the backside underneath the back plate, below the battery there is a small rubber plug. The plug pops out revealing some sort of circular port attached to the motherboard of the HTC incredible.

    What is this port for? I am very curious. Heres a pic of where to find the plug.

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    I'm guessing an external antenna. Most phones have these on the back somewhere. Don't have my Incredible yet (just ordered it today, how will I survive?!?) but that would be my guess.
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    Bump anyone else got some thoughts. i agree with Gump, i think its a port for an external antenna. Id like to know how to utilize it though, and maybe fashion some sort of extra antenna that could be covered below the backplate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gump47371 View Post
    I'm guessing an external antenna. Most phones have these on the back somewhere. Don't have my Incredible yet (just ordered it today, how will I survive?!?) but that would be my guess.

    Droid has the same and IIRC it's a diagnostic port of some type.
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    I called HTC and they told me its a port for an external antenna. Its technical term is an FME port.
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    If it's an external antenna port, the location makes it useless (unless you drill a hole in the cover).
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    Drilling a hole seems like a minimal concession given how flimsy the cover is. You could always get a spare or fit a plug to it. The primary reason I can think of for an antenna hookup would be if you're using the phone as a dedicated 3g modem in some rural area... in which case you could probably just get by leaving the cover off.

    I'm happy to learn that the Incredible has this FME port, since the above basically describes my parents' situation: rural home, no dsl or cable infrastructure, decent VZW 3g signal in the area, but they've got lots of trees. They already tried satellite internet, and it was awful. A tall antenna/amplifier + 3g phone + data plan might finally get them out of the dial-up dark ages.
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    Well this is a major bummer considering that I was debating between the HTC Incredible and waiting for the newer Motorola Droid.

    I called Wilson Electronics up to find out more information about using a direct connect amplifier which I already had for my USB Internet dongle (service discontinued). They said they haven't had any luck directly connecting to these FME ports....

    Anyone have experience in using "Direct Connection Dual-Band Amplifier (811201)" and any Droid?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Smile Links to antennas that will work with the Droid Incredible

    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

    http://store.getreception.com/wilson...et-mount-.html

    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!
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    The problem is that not every FME port means that you can use an external antenna or external antenna plus amp.

    I have called Wilson Electronics and they say they haven't had any luck with Droid devices.

    In your experience above was this with a Droid or another phone?

    Thanks...
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