Cool Tip: Switch your phone to "airplane mode" before you charge it. Your phone won't search for a signal while it's charging and you'll get to full bars more quickly.
(I am also using "airplane mode" in Steph & Dave's house this weekend because it sits right on the line of my cell phone provider's service area so sometimes texts are included in my package and sometimes they cost me money. Then, when we travel a bit into town I turn it off of airplane mode so I can get all my texts. It is a good way to protect your phone from costing you money because other people are sending you things - which I still feel should never cost you money, but I digress.)