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An external cell phone antenna can help improve the reception of your cellular or digital phone or cellular data card by moving the wireless signal away from your head (your head can block a considerable amount of signal) and by changing and/or increasing your antenna's radiation pattern.
Many cellular phones are equipped with RF ports which enable you to connect an external antenna directly to your phone. RF ports may be located on the back, bottom, top or side of your cell phone. Unfortunately some phones have no port that would enable to attach an external antenna to. (The use of a wireless repeater type system would be recommended in this case.)
Improving the signal to your Mobile Broadband Data Card can mean faster data transfer speeds! Most cellular mobile broadband data cards are equipped with an external RF port that allows you to connect an antenna or amplifier to it. The adapter plugs into the adapter port on the end of the cellular data card or plugs in as an antenna replacement. Check the model for a specific adapter type. We have adapters for Sierra Wireless, Novatel Merlin, Option, Pantech, UTStarcom and other data cards.
The best way to find the right adapter for your phone or data card is to use the menu on the left to find your phone's make and model or go to our complete list. If an External Antenna Adapter exists for your phone, you will find it on your phone's accessory web page. We have also put together kits for our most popular antennas that include the antenna and the proper External Antenna Adapter.
Antennas come equipped with standard connectors such as TNC Male, Mini-UHF Male and FME Female.
A few phones (such as Motorola Bag Phones) come equipped with a standard connector. Nothing else is needed. However, most phone RF connectors are not standard so they require an adapter.
There are installable hands free kits that come with antenna adapters that will fit one of these standard antennas. There are also External Antenna Adapters (or RF Adapters) that allow you to attach an antenna directly to your phone. This type of adapter is usually a short thin wire with a connector to your phone on one end and a standard antenna connector (TNC Female, Mini-UHF Female or FME Male) on the other.
Another option is a universal amplifier that does not require your device to have an RF antenna port.
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