How to Get a Good Cell Signal Inside a Metal Building

By Alex Burke

You may find it difficult to use you cell phone inside a metal building because metal buildings block the microwave signals needed to conduct a clear and steady signal connection. Technology can assist cell phone users to lower the instance of dropped calls in metal buildings, but they cannot eliminate dropped calls completely. Tools to help refine signal transmission and strength to strengthen the quality of cell phone calls can be purchased at electronic stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone
  • Power booster
  • External antenna
  • Connector cables

Step 1

Buy an external antenna and a power booster. Purchase connector cables separately if the external antenna or power booster does not come with one.

Step 2

Locate the RF (radio frequency) port on your phone and plug in the power booster to the RF port. Check your cell phone manual if you're not sure what the RF port looks like.

Step 3

Place the other end of the power booster cord into an electrical outlet.

Step 4

Plug in the external antenna to the power booster.

Step 5

Use the phone, placing calls as usual.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchasing a power booster and external antenna can cost $200 to $300 or more. Make sure to retain all receipts and ask about return policies before purchasing.
  • Bad weather and other phenomenon can increase the rate of dropped calls no matter what is being used to boost transmission.
  • Locations farther than 2 to 5 miles from a cell tower cannot be helped by a power booster or antenna.