Do you lose signal when you go into a store?

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asked Jul 16, 2010 by Lestat611 (2,080 points)
I moved to CA about 4 years ago and have noticed that I lose my signal when in the back of a store. Does this happen to everyone (at least that the signal gets weaker)? Or is it just that I have a crappy phone (a free one when you sign a contract) or service provider (T-mobile) or both. When I lived in Germany I never had a problem with signal strength inside buildings big or small even though the phone I had back then was even crappier than the one I have now.
commented Jul 16, 2010 by Jared Nelson (331 points)
sometimes you lose a signal. it depends on if your closer to the cell phone tower or not close to a cell phone tower.If your close to the cell tower you will get a signal but you not than no you wont get a signal.
commented Jul 16, 2010 by Lestat611 (2,080 points)
sometimes the signal tower is right next to the store and I still loose signal completely

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answered Jul 16, 2010 by catchatyou (97,380 points)
You will always lose some signal if there is more things in your way.  For example, a brick wall is going to weaken the strength compared to having a straight line to the cell phone tower.
commented Jul 16, 2010 by Lestat611 (2,080 points)
Yea but I never had a problem like that in Germany.
commented Jul 16, 2010 by catchatyou (97,380 points)
Maybe they build their buildings differently and have different materials in the walls.
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answered Jul 16, 2010 by bryanminer (851 points)
I haven't noticed that problem at all. Naturally the more things between you and the tower the worse signal you get, metal is by far the worst.
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answered Jul 19, 2010 by alexleiphart (1,881 points)
I'm on AT&T and tend to have slightly lower signal when in stores. Not too bad, though.
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answered Apr 4, 2011 by Yogi (955 points)
In my observation, i lose signal's when i am walking under a beam.
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