Cell phones are a fact of life, and are now something that most of us would consider to be an essential item. With the wide spread usage of cell phones, large numbers of phone towers have been creeping their way into the landscape around our towns and cities, and while they’re not the prettiest things to look at, they’re a necessary evil if we want to be able to use our phones pretty much anywhere. Some cities throughout the world have attempted to make towers less of a pimple on the face of the landscape, and so you can actually see cell phone towers “in disguise,” often as improbably tall palm trees. Google is testing technology that, while aimed at isolated rural communities, is maybe a step towards not needing a cell phone tower at all. Google is sending up large weather balloons with a transmitter attached, which allow people in the area to access cell phone and Internet connections. The balloons fly at such a height that they’re basically invisible to the naked eye, and will eventually be positioned so that when one floats out of range, another will drift in and take its place. Perhaps this means that no matter where we are in the world, we will be able to use our phones anywhere. This is currently not the case, and poor cell phone reception is something that many users have to suffer through. It doesn’t have to be so hard, since there are many ways to improve your cell phone reception, and most of them aren’t too complicated…
The Great Outdoors (Or the Great Window)
A lot of your signal strength is dependant on your location, and if you happen to live in an area that has bad reception, it’s not so easy to just pack up and move house. Part of the appeal of cell phones is their portability, but sometimes a poor signal means you can’t walk aimlessly around while making a call, and it can be necessary to go outside, or at least sit by a window, meaning that the signal doesn’t have to pass through the walls of your home or office.
Keep Some Gas in the Tank
We can easily take those signal bars for granted, but your phone is actually constantly searching for a connection, always on standby for you to make a call (which is why when a phone is switched on but not actually in use is called “standby time”). Keeping your battery charged actually makes it easier for your phone to lock on to the signal sent by your network provider and make a call.
Sometimes the purchase of a signal strength accessory can be very helpful. A cellular repeater can be found at most electronics stores, and they can take the signal sent by your cell phone provider and amplify it through your home or office. It’s a great way to ensure you always have coverage where you need it.
Do Your Homework
Sometimes you need to think of cell phone signal strength before you sign up with a particular provider, since some providers will have a stronger signal in your area than others. Most providers can show you a coverage map, but rather than go from company to company, it can be easy to consult a multi solution specialist like phoneservices.us, who can help you to choose a provider and can also find out if you’re eligible for any government low income rebates.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Ashley Williamson, a freelance writer on tech-related topics. You can find her articles on various sites. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga.