It’s not a question of if you will find yourself in a dead zone with a need to use your phone. The question is when.
Here are five quick tips to help you get cell reception in a dead zone. Not all of these will work in every situation. But each one does work in specific conditions. So try them and hopefully they’ll help you get a signal.
#1. If you’re moving, stop
If you’re driving, find a safe place to pull over and park. If walking, just stop. When you are stationary, your phone and the network don’t have to constantly adjust for your changing location. This makes it easier to get a signal.
#2 Change your location
If you’re at home, try different rooms of your house or apartment to see if you get a signal. If you’re in the workplace, move to the other side of the office or into the hallway. Sometimes standing by a window might help. If driving, wait a few minutes then try again a few miles down the road.
#3. Find higher ground
By increasing your elevation you reduce the chance of obstructions blocking the signal. So go up to the top floor of your home or workplace. If driving, find a high spot and park there to try your call. Being up just a little higher can help you find a signal
#4. Go outside
As we noted, almost anything between you and the cell tower can block the signal. That includes the materials that make up your home, workplace or vehicle! Exiting the building or parking and stepping out of a vehicle will immediately reduce potential obstructions and perhaps help you get a signal.
#5. Get a cell phone signal booster
If all else fails, a FCC-certified (IC-certified in Canada) cell booster from a reputable manufacturer will max out your cell signal whether you’re at home, at work or on the road. These devices use an antenna mounted outside the building or vehicle to detect and collect very faint cell signals that your phone cannot pick up.
Those signals are then amplified and distributed inside the building or vehicle so your cell phone has a strong, reliable connection.
If there is absolutely no detectable cell signal in your dead zone location, then a femtocell or microcell may be the only possible solution. These devices require a broadband internet connection. Also they work only in fixed locations like a home or office, and are not available for use in vehicles.
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