These days, cell phone coverage is much improved over the early days of the technology when dropped calls or poor signal were universal experiences for cell users. Nonetheless, service interruption remains an issue that you might be interested in finding ways to avoid. Here are a few ways to dodge dropped calls and bad cell reception.
Choose the provider than has the best coverage in your area
Every provider is the best provider somewhere. You just to need to find out which one offers the best reception where you live and work, and if possible, the places in-between. You can do this by comparing user experience with friends, family and coworkers, taking note of who has the least problems and who they use for their cellular carrier. another option is to go online and look at coverage maps, showing each providers network and signal strength. These may not be entirely accurate, especially if the carrier is the one proving the map, but they may help in the decision-making process.
Avoid making calls where service is poor
Easier said than done, but if you’re making calls from somewhere heavily shielded, like inside an elevator or bank vault, you should expect lower quality reception and dropped calls. Less obvious things can reduce signal quality, including the metal in buildings, lower elevation spots in the terrain, and certain types of interference. For example, big box stores often have poor reception inside because of their construction. Instead of making a call where signal is poor, consider walking outside or closer to an outer wall. Likewise, if you know your driving route passes through a valley or tunnel, wait until you reach the other side to dial.
Cell phone signal boosting
Most devices that claim to act as a signal booster are not legit, unfortunately. If you opt to purchase a booster, be sure to read the product ratings first and choose something that has not caused other users to experience cell phone damage. Your results are likely to be modest or nonexistent, but depending on your situation, it may be worth the attempt.
Instead of using one of these, you may want to consider tapping into a wireless network to make calls. Many cell phone providers offer this service for smart phones with a data plan. The quality and stability are generally far superior to that of cell networks, whether they’re 3 or 4G. Wireless Internet isn’t available everywhere and some public networks can be slow or have restricted bandwidth for users.
Cell phone service is constantly improving, especially as networks extend into rural or remote areas. In the future, dropped calls may be less frequent, but until then, you should consider the above tips for getting better reception and service.