I know that they sell all sorts of fancy repeaters and expensive gizmos for amplifying cell phone signals. But I was wondering if anyone knows of "cheap" ways to coax an extra bar of signal from a fringe area. My office is about 5 miles inside a Navy base, and for obvious reasons they aren't real motivated to allow a cell phone tower inside. Needless to say, I average between 0-2 bars and text messages are always being delayed. Does anyone know of any "home remedies" to help boost a weak signal? I'm thinking of something, maybe a metal pad you can rest it on to help with reception.