Cell phone signal problems
What can cause signal problems for your cell phone and how you can fix it
There are few things more annoying than trying to make or take a call on your cellphone and having problems because the reception was bad. It has happened to every single one of us at one time or another.
Cell phone signal problems are something that tend to pop up at least once a day and there are a couple of different things that can cause it. There are also a couple of different things you can do to overcome those problems, at least in the short term. Some of solutions can be pretty costly, but worth it. Some of the solutions don't cost much of anything at all.
The Main Causes
One of the main causes when dealing with mobile phone problems is simply being in an area that does not get good reception. This can happen for a number of different reasons.
While cell towers are far more prevalent than they used to be, there are still limits in how many frequencies each tower can take on. The number of frequencies are set by the FCC and when they are full, they can take on no more calls. Usually a tower has a range of about 10 square miles. When a ton of people are making calls in the same basic area, it can overload the tower and lead to bad signal strength or none at all.
Another problem that can be caused by the very simple limitations of a tower is simply wandering into an area that is not covered well. A tower's range is best illustrated by a circle covering the 10 square miles.
While most towers are placed so that they will overlap and pick up the signal when you go out of the range of one and into the range of another, when the circles actually overlap, there can be corners that have low coverage. This is also why you will often see your reception bars fluctuate when moving through the city.
There are all kinds of other causes that can cause you to have reception problems, including being inside a building with thick walls that block reception. Going into a tunnel can also cause you to lose your bars.
There are also some complaints that blame the cellular provider itself, saying that their towers have too weak a signal or that there aren't enough towers at all.
How To Fix the Problem
There are a couple of different ways in which you can get yourself a better and more consistent reception. One of the ways to keep your phone picking up a good connection is to make sure that it is charged above two bars. The battery could be strong enough to attempt to place a call, but not strong enough to hold the connection.
One quick fix to the problem can be simply changing the way you use your smartphone. If you happen to live in an area that has weak transmission, or in a building that blocks it you might need to just start making calls outside. This can be a pain but it beats having to go through the trouble of changing cellular carrier.
If you don't want to have to go outside or to another area of the house whenever you want to make a call, you can also invest in signal booster.
There are various kinds of reception boosters. These can either be the kind that you attach directly to your phone, or you can get a kit that works in your car or office. The booster works by teaming up with the built in antenna and allows the receiver to become that much stronger.
Some of these devices can become rather costly but in the end might be the best way to go about solving your problems.