This is my first Instructable.  It is simple, cost me no money because I had the materials in my shop, and was quick.  It worked so well I thought I would share.
After buying an aftermarket extended battery for my HTC Rezound cell phone I noticed that my reception was terrible.  The battery was thicker than the original battery and came with a new back cover.  I discovered that the circuits and contacts in the new back cover were just thinly applied copper colored paint.  I inspected the original HTC back cover and saw that it also had conductive paint, but much thicker.  This is how I improved on the cheap aftermarket back cover, resulting in greatly improved reception.  The entire process took about 20 minutes.

Step 1: Materials

The only materials you will need:

About 4" of foil tape.  I used aluminum because it was in my shop, but I suspect copper would be better.
A hobby or craft knife.
Transparent tape.
(not shown) a fine tip pen or marker.  I used a Sharpie.
A pencil with an eraser.
<p>Great Idea..Thanks for sharing :) :) :)</p>
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Thank you so much for sharing this information on how to improve your cell phone reception. What if this doesn't work though? Can the <a href="http://storelocator.bell.ca/bellca/en/BC/Richmond/Bell-Aberdeen-Centre/BC822" rel="nofollow">bell store at - aberdeen centre</a> help me out? Thank you for your help!
Wow I had no clue you could do something like this! I have been looking into <a href="http://storelocator.bell.ca/bellca/en/BC/Vancouver/Bell-Oakridge-Centre/BC738" rel="nofollow">bell - oakridge centre</a> and how they can help me get better reception as well! I think it is awesome there are so many options and ideas! thanks!
Clever idea, thanks for sharing!
Great Idea..Thanks for sharing
Thanks so much for sharing this! It is absolutely brilliant. I've been struggling with my reception and I feel like I go to the <a href="http://storelocator.bell.ca/bellca/en/ON/Toronto/Bell-Holt-Renfrew-Centre/BC121" rel="nofollow">cell phone store in Toronto</a> every other day trying to improve my reception. I'm going to have to do this and then maybe I'll get the service I want. Thanks again!

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