Antennas work to increase signal strength to your wireless phone, and may increase sound quality and reduce dropped calls. They can be connected to cars, boats, and even file cabinets. Which antenna you choose should be based on the geographic factors of where you intend to use your phone, as well as the type of wireless network service you have. Antenna signal strength is measured in decibels. Antennas with 0db work well in mountainous regions or in areas with tall buildings. If you plan to use your phone in areas that are generally open, like suburban areas, an antenna with 3dbs should work. However, in desert, plains, and flatland areas, 5db antennas generally work best. Aside from decibel factors, you should follow the manufacturer's recommendation on which antenna will work best with your service provider's network. Most antennas are designed to work best in networks operating on frequencies of either 800 MHz or 1900 MHz, although dual-band antennas that cover both networks are also available. Check with your service provider if you're not sure on which network frequency your phone operates.
Mounts and grips, also referred to as phone holders, attach to your car and enable you to keep your wireless phone in a convenient location. If used in conjunction with a hands-free device, they can even maximize road safety by freeing up both of your hands to operate your vehicle. Nearly all mounts are universal and can be combined with most grips. Grips can be universal or customized to fit a certain type of phone, such as a flip phone. Dash and suction mounts use a powerful suction cup to attach to your dash or window, and don't require special tools or professional installation. Air-vent mounts are adjustable to accommodate most vehicles. They clip on to your air conditioning vents and omit the need for tools or drilling. Flexible mounts range in size from four to 15 inches and bend in all directions to enable you to position your phone where you need it. They attach to your floorboard and, in most cases, require professional installation. Pedestal mounts also require professional installation to mount to the floorboard, but they aren't flexible. If you're a bicycle or motorcycle enthusiast, you may want to consider a clip-mount, which attaches directly to your handlebars.
Universal and custom pouches, which are also commonly referred to as cases, provide protection for nearly all wireless phone models. They typically include shoulder or wrist straps, a belt clip, or any combination, which can be detachable. The three basic types are leather, neoprene, and super-soft, also referred to as APC . Leather cases offer a more contemporary look. Most are black in color, though alternative color options are available. Neoprene is a durable and weather-resistant material, usually available in black, red, and blue. Super-soft APC cases are an alternative to leather. They look like leather but consist of man-made materials. All cases generally have either an open-face or plastic-face cover for the display screen, or if you prefer, some simply have a flap. Most generally also have an opening to allow for travel charger connections. In addition, there are universal waterproof pouches that are great for protecting your phone from the elements. Though these type cases are not functional--meaning you must remove your phone from the pouch in order to use it--they allow you to take your phone wherever necessary.
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