Cellular signal has never been more vital. From checking email updates on-the-go, to calling mom, to prepping for a date, to getting a ride in the middle of rush hour, productivity demands good reception. If you think arriving at the office only to realize you left your phone at home is bad, imagine if you somehow find yourself in an area with poor signal. While advances in mobile technology unceasingly pick up more speed as time passes, improvement in mobile signal hasn’t been as fast. So, what are your options in this situation?
Check your exact location.
Is there anything around you that could be blocking reception? Indoors, your phone is less able to detect mobile signal. Are you underground like in a basement or a subway? Or maybe you’re in an elevator? Phone reception is known to have difficulty penetrating these areas, resulting in calls cutting short, sending SMS texts fail, and your Facebook loses connection to data. Going on higher ground in a clear area where there’s less obstruction. Although it might sound silly but have you considered your hand might be blocking signal? Research on where the antenna is on your cellphone. If you find out your hand’s position has been causing the problem this whole time, change it. Newer phones mostly have their antennas placed at the bottom. When you find out this is the case with your phone, try holding it upside down. Use earphones with a mic to solve the problem with the microphone.
Install a femtocell.
Also known as microcells, these are small towers that connect to a phone reception using your internet connection. This is particularly advisable for places where there’s no signal at all. One condition to keep in mind, though, is your internet connection should have powerful downloading speed. Femtocells can provide signal to even older phone models before the era of Wi-Fi. The downside is these come at a high price, offer coverage for only one network and isn’t compatible with LTE broadband.
Switch to a 2G network.
While 3G, 4G and LTE networks are more powerful, these newer technological advancements have less towers. The farther a device is from the source of reception, the weaker the signal it catches. Your area might not be serviced yet with a nearby transmission tower and it might not be as fast as older phones. Avoid expecting stellar reception and stick to less data-hungry online activities when using the internet.
Use a signal booster.
It’s also called, “cell phone repeaters.” They catch your network’s weak signal and repeat it but boosted as the name means. It also sends back this increased signal to the tower to make sure there’s a smooth flow in exchanging personal comments, etc. If you plan to use it for different carriers, get an omnidirectional antenna can do just that. There are different kinds of boosters. Some you can attach to cars, roofs of RVs and others are more mobile such as the cradle. The latter said it can support only one network but it’s the most affordable alternative.