Lane Jensen in Oregon here and I have a great trick that works for all Verizon phones to get better signal. First, you need to be within about a 5-10 mile radius of where you are going to use your phone the most. Secondly, instead of dialing the normal *228 for activation, dial *22899 and it will take you instantly to the programming music and update your phone. No more having to go through the prompt and listening to the same old voice saying, ?Thank you for calling Verizon Wireless??.
Also, especially with phones with GPS locators built in and Bluetooth capability, make sure to turn these features OFF to save the battery life on the phone.
If you have a dead battery that you feel won't hold a charge, try this trick: completely charge the phone until the phone says it's charged, then turn on the phone, and run the battery out. Repeat this process and you will see that every time you repeat it, you will see that you can run more and more on the battery.