According to LifeHacker.com, as many as 72% of people in the U.S. experience dropped calls; 32% of Americans experience this at least a few times per week. There are two main reasons for bad reception: you’re too far from the closest cell towers or there are obstructions that can be blamed for the interference.
Do you seem to have permanent bad reception on your cell phone? Or do you notice that when you’re at work or at home, your reception is worse than when you’re other places? Read on for three tips for improving cell phone reception.
1. This time comes from Wise Bread and is useful when you’re in a real pinch. If all you need is one more bar, use a metal paper clip as a makeshift antenna. If you have zero bars, this will get you good enough reception to at least make one call.
2. Use a signal booster when you’re inside a building. A signal booster, also referred to as cell phone repeaters, amplify a weak signal from the cell phone tower and bypass any obstructions that might be in the way. You need to select the right one for your phone and carrier, though. In order to do this, you’ll need to know the carrier and network that needs to be supported, the signal strength of those carriers and the size of the area that you need to cover. This is a bit in-depth, but if you have a recurring problem with your cell phone, it’s worth the time and effort to fix the problem for good.
3. Use a signal booster for when you’re in a vehicle, including boats. Similar to using a signal booster while you’re inside a building, a booster for when you’re in a moving vehicle works on the same principles. However, signal strength and coverage area aren’t as important, since the vehicle is in motion. The cradle-style signal booster is your best bet, because it’s the most mobile option available. In order to use this booster, your phone will have to remain in the cradle. The cradle can support one device at a time. This is a great option if you’re going on a road trip by yourself.
There are a lot of causes for a poor cell phone signal. Luckily, there are also a lot of solutions.