In a perfect world, when you hold up your smart phone against your cheek, you hear a crisp ‘hello’ on your ear. What a dream it would be to have crystal clear cell reception and voice quality through your phone all the time?!
However, if the real world wasn’t a maze of steel and concrete structures that reach the skies, then we would have fared better. Thick walls, metal framework, skyscrapers standing in your path, far off cell towers, all are in the bid to eat up your cell signal and make life hell for you. Playing spoilsport with cell reception is not the pass-time of only man-made structures, even natural marvels like thick foliage and hills do their fair share in worsening the issue.
Many people have to struggle with the sub-par cell phone signal reception while sitting in their living rooms. As a matter of fact, your home- which is the reliable, comfortable and safe place, may in fact be stopping you from making a call! There are so many things that could be contributing to your present dilemma- distracting devices and even architecture that could be acting as signal-mufflers.
If your abode does not lie in the clear shot of the nearest cell tower, then chances are you would be frustrated with getting out of the house every time you receive a call. For some, their house is one big dead spot that manages to consume cell signals like the Bermuda triangle and leave nothing out for its residents…signal lost forever.
What do you possibly do, then?
There are three good ways in which you can amplify the signal that you are receiving on your cell phone. improving your cell signal is a sort of trial-and-error attempt, and there is no telling which of these techniques can help you rectify the issue.
Let us take a look at what these are:
Get Yourself A Cell Phone Signal Booster
A cell phone signal booster or a 4G cell phone repeater can help in boosting the strength of the cell signal that is received by your phone. To use it, put up the unit in an area of the house that has good reception, such as the roof, the attic or the window sill and it will extend the signal to the rest of the house. Some of the repeaters that are available on the market come with external antennas that are mounted outside.
Boosters are not cheap, but considering the sure-fire way to solve your cell reception problems, it is worth every Pound you spend. The best thing about a cell phone signal booster is that it can work with just about any cell phone carrier and smart phone.
One thing you should be aware of is that the cell phone booster requires a signal to boost. If there is no signal it can detect, then it is pointless getting one. Even a feeble signal would do the job, but the cell phone signal booster can’t help you if there isn’t a signal to even begin with.
For that, you have to check the 2nd solution.
Get A Femtocell
A femtocell of a “microcell” does sound similar to a cell phone booster, but there are differences that set them way apart. The femtocell is plugged into the router so that it can make use of the internet connection. This is how it connects to your phone’s carrier servers. This allows it to work in areas that have no signal at all. Hence, it is suitable for rural areas and high rises.
The issue here is that it can only be used for one particular carrier. So, as long as everyone in the house makes use of the same carrier, then the services of a Femtocell are available.
Make Calls Over Wi-Fi
If you have a Wi-Fi connection set up at home, then you can make calls over the internet. This will save money on your cellular data plan and avoid additional charges. This technically isn’t a solution for your cell phone per say, but if your goal is to have good voice clarity when making calls then look no further. Every time your cell phone has a weak signal, you can hop onto the Wi-Fi. You can make use of applications like Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Skype and many others.
The next thing is for you to decide. If you will be moving around the house a lot and there are other cellular devices that have different service providers, then getting a cell phone booster will be wise. If everyone has the same service provider then it would be wise for you to get a femtocell. If not anything else, jump onto the Wi-Fi and consider it done and dusted.