How to Increase Cell Phone Signal Strength to Improve Reception

If you’ve ever dropped a call, experienced interference, or found yourself shouting, “Can you hear me now?” like the guy in the Verizon commercial (sans hipster glasses and perfectly textured hair), then you know how frustrating it is when your cell phone signal cuts out. When you’re outside the home it’s easy enough to blame the lack of reception on spotty coverage due to a shortage of towers in the area to carry your service provider’s signal. But when you’re at home, at the office, or in another area where you know there should be coverage and you’re having the same problems, you may start to wonder if there’s something wrong with your mobile handset. In truth, signal strength can be affected by any number of factors, including the phone you have, the coverage in your area, or even the service provider you have chosen to contract with. And if you’re looking for ways to improve your reception at home or in general, there are plenty of options that will help to make your calls clearer and more reliable.

The first thing you might want to consider is upgrading to a newer handset, especially if you’re due for renewal and better options exist at a discount or even for free. Wireless technology is improving in leaps and bounds, year upon year, so if you have an older handset it may not be as viable as newer models, or as capable of handling the improved signal offered by, say, 4G or WiFi networks. Of course, the problem could also be your carrier, in which case you might want to take the opportunity to get into a contract with a service provider that offers better coverage. By visiting the OpenSignal.com website you can compare coverage maps for the major carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) in order to see which provides the best coverage in your area and overall. This can help you to determine if you might be better off going with another service provider.

Now, if you happen to be stuck in a contract or you don’t necessarily want to give up a handset you’ve grown accustomed to, there are other ways to boost your signal in the meantime, both at home and on the go. On the home front you should think about using your WiFi (if you have a router in place) rather than relying on a network that all of your neighbors are using. You could also try installing a cellular repeater that is designed to boost your signal strength within a limited area thanks to an antenna that will pick up a weak signal and amplify it in a small area (i.e. your home). While you probably don’t need multiple antennas or theĀ Sunsight Instruments tools to monitor them, having a repeater for your home couldn’t hurt. You should also make sure that your battery is charged (since limited battery life can affect your phone’s ability to find a signal).

As a final option, you might want to think about registering your property as a potential host for a small cell site. If you own a home you may be able to host a small cell tower on-site, if coverage is a problem in your area and demand is high for better service. Although there is no guarantee you’ll be selected, and even if you are you’ll have to live with a large antenna on your home or in your yard, you’ll certainly enjoy the best service in the area if your home is chosen as a host site.

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