Imagine that you are on a deserted island and the only thing that you can take with you is your cell phone. Well you better hope that you will have damn good signal and reception on that island. There is nothing as disappointing as not being able to receive emails, chat or make calls all due to bad cell reception. Don’t go laying the blame of your service provider, with a few adjustments you can always work your way around reception issues.
Work Through the Barriers
Ever noticed that most people tend to move closer to windows/doors or even go outside a room when they receive calls? It isn’t only to get some privacy while talking on the phone, but also to get better reception.
Remember how cell phones work; they send out radiofrequency (RF) waves, much similar to the FM radio kind, to nearby cell towers. If there are disruptions along the way, the RF waves won’t reach the cell tower and the result is poor signals/reception. Moving closer to windows/doors or going outside removes the structural barriers from the way and allows the RF waves your phone emits to reach the nearby cell tower.
To solve this in your house, try going to different rooms to check on the cell reception. The characteristic signal bars your cell phone has will let you just how strong the cell signal is in every room. Take note of this and whenever you are having bad reception or low signal you can always go to the room with the best signal.
When outside avoid crowded areas, which might also lead to signal disruption.
Locate the Cell Tower Nearby
Another way to get good coverage and reception is to know precisely where the cell tower nearest to you is located. It shouldn’t be rocket science, with the help of one of the many apps available you should be able to locate the cell tower nearest to you.
Now deibels (dB) are what will help you locate your nearest cell tower. A rule of thumb is that a -50dB reading means that your signal is on full bar, and therefore very close to a cell tower. A -110 dB reading means that you are on a signal dead zone.
Hold your Phone in an Upright Position
The cell phones we have now have the antenna, which sends out the RF waves, fitted within the device. If you don’t hold your phone correctly, it could lead to poor coverage and reception.
Holding your phone upright, and not in landscape position, has the effect leaves good room for signal reception. When in landscape position, you are essentially covering your phone up and ultimately blocking the signal.
Make Sure you Have Good Battery Power
Is your battery charge running low? This might be the reason why you have poor reception or low signal. When your cell phone’s battery is low it is not able to supply the power needed to locate a signal.
Safeguard your battery power by turning off NFC or Bluetooth or even WiFi when not necessary. Lower your screen brightness, close apps that are not in use and disable fetch/push notifications.
Boost your Phone’s Signal
If all else fails, particularly when you are using your phone within your house, get a cell signal booster. The devices are FCC approved and they work by amplifying cell phone signals for better reception.