said by Max Signal:thanks. -80 to -84 is only getting me 1 to 2 bars out of 6, fwiw. will follow the rest of the advice. i never knew about the ground plane.
-80 to -84 is an acceptable signal , the antenna Millenicom offers should get you in the -70 - -75 range . Make sure you put on a ferrous metal surface ( for a ground plane ) by a window . Even better if you can get it outdoors . That eliminates the chance of interference you might be getting indoors.