There’s nothing more frustrating than that tiny one bar (or even worse, no bars) on your smartphone. You rely on your phone to connect with your family, friends, office, bank and every other person in your life, so you don’t have time to waste with dead zones. If you live in a rural area or travel to places with poor cellphone service, consider these powerful technology tools to make sure you can always get a connection:
If you have a good internet connection but little to no cellular service, Wi-Fi calling may be the best option for you. Simply put, Wi-Fi calling enables you to make phone calls over the internet. This is a great option if you travel abroad frequently and don’t have an international plan. However, you do need to make sure that you have enough bandwidth to make calls without slowing down your connection too much. You should have a high-quality wireless internet connectivity platform, such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, to get the best audio quality possible. This type of modem offers Gigabit LTE speeds, enabling you to download one Gigabit per second (which is 10 times faster than the first generation) and use multiple devices at the same time without any lagging or connection issues. You also need an up-to-date phone, for instance one in the Samsung Galaxy series, to make sure it supports Wi-Fi calling.
Your indoor signal strength can be affected by various things, such as your wall and roof material, if you’re near mountains or skyscrapers, and your distance from cell towers. One of the easiest ways to change one of these factors without physically moving is to install a signal booster in the area of your home closest to a cell tower. Signal boosters use an antenna to act like a cell tower for your home by expanding your normal range to small wave signals. Before installing this type of device, you should speak to both your cellphone and wireless providers to make sure it will work in your area and to register the booster. A few of the top recommendations include weBoost, SureCall Fusion4Home and zBoost.
Similar to Wi-Fi calling, a femtocell uses your internet connection to help you get better cellphone reception. A femtocell works as a base station, or micro cell site, so voice and data traffic can move across your network via the internet and into the femtocell. This is a good option for homes because you can attach four or five cellphones to it. This means everyone in the family can connect without any problem. However, this may not be the best solution for roommates or office workers who use different network providers because it can only be synced to one network. You also need to be within close range of the femtocell (about 50 feet) and have enough bandwidth to receive good audio quality, just like with Wi-Fi calling. This also is one of the more expensive options because you have to buy the femtocell and pay a monthly fee.
It’s difficult to live or work in an area with dead zones and poor cellphone service in the modern age. If you’re willing to put in a little extra work, these tools are great options for boosting your cellphone service no matter where you are. You never have to worry about dropped calls or the inability to connect ever again. Be sure to research which of these tech tools works best for your area, and start making calls.