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No service bars

I had accidentally dropped my phone and the casing for the antenna came off. I snapped it back on, but noticed bars were disappearing, and i'd suddenly have no service. then, they'd come back and i'd have 4 bars, but they disappeared and since last night have not returned. it's now about 10 hours later, and still nothing. in fact i don't have any indication of service bars at all. i have full power, i think the antenna may be broke?

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Yes your antenna is more then likly shot... i would advise going to radio shack and getting another one. =) or calling your provider if the phone is under warranty and getting a new one =) Rate me buddy =)

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