In the past, the telecommunications industry thrived on plain old phone calls. Now, however, with the continuous release of higher-end, higher-functionality smartphones, revenue from the industry has shifted towards text messaging, pictures and the use of mobile Internet, among others.
Interestingly, a study by Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that about 72% of American adults are still experiencing dropped calls, a rather high percentage, considering all the advancements in mobile phone technology that the industry purports.
That being the case, how can you maximize your phone’s capabilities (such as videoconferencing, live voice chat, mobile Internet, etc.) if you’re being hounded by poor mobile signal?
Here are ways to boost mobile signal reception:
Make sure you have adequate battery supply (at least two bars or higher).
Your phone may need more than just a single bar of power in order to transmit signal effectively, especially for heavier usage.
Yes, you would like to browse the Internet with your MP3 playlist playing in the background. And yes, you would like to take pictures real-time while chatting with a friend while on a trip abroad. But all these become highly unlikely accomplishments if your phone lacks the power to support them.
Move away from potential obstructions to signal reception.
When talking about signal reception, locales surrounded by big structures, an underground parking area, a heavily populated building or an isolated space too far from a cell site can be problem areas. Try to make calls as close to an open window or outside as is possible for better coverage.
Install a phone repeater in your location.
Whether you need to install a GSM booster or 3G/4G repeater to boost cellphone signal indoors, in a moving area like your car, in a small area like your room or your home, in a bigger area like your garage, or in an even bigger area like your office or business building, businesses like MyAmplifiers.com have a variety of mobile signal boosters that you can choose from.
Phone signal boosters work by amplifying the existing signal in an area and then broadcasting to the location that needs the added signal reception.
Make use of a plug-and-play personal mobile phone network extender.
These devices are a handy alternative that can mimic the boosting effect of an amplifier/repeater, but for personal use. The variety of carriers they can support is almost limitless, and they don’t require installation.
Different antennas have different capacities.
Asking your phone manufacturer for an antenna upgrade is always worth a shot. Also, make sure to properly hold your phone to avoid interference. Holding a phone in a strange way or placing your fingers over the cellphone’s antenna can disrupt the signal.
Change your network provider.
Networks are generally not the same. If you’ve tried all of the above and you still suffer from poor signal reception, maybe it’s time to switch networks. If there’s one thing more painful than putting up with consistently poor signal, it’s constantly paying for a service that you’re not actually able to utilize at its fullest.