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Tricks to Boost your Mobile Phone Reception

Do you find your calls cutting out all too frequently? As most of us rely on our mobile phones for daily business communication, a low signal can put more than just our social lives at risk. If it’s hard to get more than just one or two bars on your cell phone signal, you can try utilizing the following tricks to boost your reception.

Move outside.
The obvious first step to take when your bars are low is to switch up your location. Try moving towards the window, or outside if possible. The building itself could be blocking your cell phone signal. Intersections tend to provide better reception within cities. It can be helpful to download a signal map tool for your phone. This helps point you in the direction of the nearest base station with Nokia Networks or other cell phone tower.

Keep your batteries charged.
Another quick and easy solution is to ensure that your phone is able to work at its peak capacity by keeping its battery charged. Cell phones consume power rapidly when connecting, transmitting, and maintaining a call. If your battery is starting to run out, you may experience a higher number of dropped calls as a result. Before you move down this list to the more expensive options, try charging the battery whenever you’re not using your phone.

Take care when holding the phone.
Did you know that the way you hold your phone can impact your signal? With smartphone antennae located inside the main case of the phone these days, you may not notice when you’re blocking it with your hand. Try holding your phone in different positions to see if you can find a sweet spot.

Use a network extending device.
If you’ve tried the more obvious tricks above and you’re still not getting a signal, it’s highly likely that you’re simply in an area without adequate coverage. You can improve the range of your phone by purchasing a Network Extender or Smart Signal Booster, which acts as a sort of miniature cell tower within your home. These may connect to your Internet connection, or require the installation of an outside antenna. Some are carrier-specific, while others can simply be plugged in and are known as “plug and play.” Cellular repeaters are another option to explore to extend your network.

Change your network.
Sometimes it’s the network itself that is the problem, because most operate independently with their own frequencies and cell phone towers. If you’re not having luck with one carrier, you could switch to another with more towers in your area.

Host your own cell site.
If you want to ensure that you benefit from crystal-clear reception, why not consider hosting your own cell phone tower? This doesn’t provide an immediate solution, because you’ll need to register your property through a third party first and then be selected by a carrier.

Finally, if you find yourself in a remote location, you may have better luck using the local WiFi signal instead. You can always make your most important calls using services like Skype, Viber, or Whatsapp provided that you have access to reliable WiFi. However, in most cases you can improve the quality of your calls with a few tweaks.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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