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10 Cell Phone Life Hacks, for Better Reception!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016

Cell Phone Life Hacks For Better Cell Phone Signal

In today’s modern time where the world has become a global village, nobody wants to be disconnected from his or her friends or family for even a second. Why let bad reception get in your way? Now you don’t have to run all around in your basement or get on top of your house's roof just to get the good signal strength to talk to your loved ones. In this article, you will find 10 cell phone life hacks for better reception. In this article, we will tell you how to:

• Access a secret "Field Testing" screen on your iPhone.

• Learn how to see the ACTUAL strength of your signal ("Bars" aren't usually accurate).

• Find the cell tower you're connected to right now, and make a "real life" connection with it.

• Force your phone to latch onto stronger signals nearby.

• Prevent texts, and voicemails, from coming through delayed.

• Double your signals simply by rolling down a window.

• Find which carrier best covers the area where you live, and whether you should switch.

• Use a "Femtocell" or "Cell-spot Router" to re-direct calls through the Internet.

• Use "Wi-Fi Calling" mode to send messages from the sky, and save on international roaming charges.

• Use a "weBoost" signal booster to eliminate dead-zones and dropped calls in your home, office, or car.

Field Test your phone

Would you believe that there's actually no industry standard for what the bars on your phone mean? Do you know it is possible that 4 bars on your phone could be as low as only 2 bars on someone else's phone? So how can you tell what kind of service you are actually getting?

Well, check this out! If you're on an iPhone, try dialling 3001#12345#* and then press call. You will see that puts your phone in a secret "field test" mode that shows the real strength of your signal in the upper left corner of the screen. In the meantime if you're an Android user it is even easier. Just go to "Settings", then "About", then "Status" and look for the "Signal Strength" indicator, which you will notice, is measured in dBm. dBm stands for "decibel-milli watts" and to put things in perspective, -70 dBm is a really great signal while anything under -100 dBm is pretty much a dead zone. Negative numbers can be confusing as we don't deal much with them unless we're a student, teacher, or a business owner(!) So just remember, to make it simple and easy to remember, the closer that number is to zero, better the signal.

The scale’s exponential which means a boost from -105 to -95 actually means the signal on my phone just got 10 times better and a shift from -105 to -75 isn’t just 30 times stronger. It’s over 1,000 times stronger! Now that is a dramatic difference, isn’t it?

Map your house

Now try walking around your house and stopping in each of the rooms for a couple of minutes to make a map of which areas have the strongest signal and which areas are the weakest. This way you will know your entire ideal calling locations and so you will know where to go for quality conversations.

Apps to the rescue

Speaking of locations, let us try to find the phone tower you're connected to right now. If you have an Android, go to the "Play Store" and download a free program called "Open Signal". Open it up and click the tower icon on the left-hand side and you'll see it brings you to a map view showing all the towers in your area.

Give it a minute and you should see a red line pops up between your phone and the tower you're connected to, which in most cases, isn't the closest one. If you click the tower you can get the GPS directions to it in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Make a real life connection

So, why not go for a little walk and make a "real-life" connection, with your cell phone tower? By knowing exactly which direction it is, you will be pointed the right way, on your quest for clarity.

Quite often your phone will stay connected to a tower, even if there's a much stronger signal nearby. Of course, this prevents you from being tossed around from tower to tower, but it might be the same reason your call quality is suffering. Try rebooting your signal. You can easily do that by switching to airplane mode for about 3 seconds, then switching it back. If you don’t have airplane mode, you can use "Open Signal" to refresh the network for you, or simply turn your phone off, and turn it back on again.

Recharge your phone

You know those times when you start getting messages just when you take your phone out and check it? It might not be a coincidence, but instead, your messages might be getting delayed, and delivered late. Glance down at your battery level, and check to see if it is low.  Your phone uses more power to ping the towers when you’re actively using it, but conserves power when it is on standby mode. And that might be the reason it is not getting updated as frequently.  So if you're suspicious your messages are getting delayed, the solution could be as simple, as charging your battery. By the way, flip it to airplane mode for a few minutes, and it will recharge even faster.

Roll down your windows

Modern day insulations and window tinting are great for keeping buildings and vehicles cool, but they can be terrible for cell phone signals, because it is kind of like wrapping the building in aluminum. Try doing that with your cell phone the next time you're on a call, and see what happens. In a similar way, your vehicle's nothing more than a big metal box with metallic tint covering the windows. 

So if you notice you're struggling for a good connection on the road, the simple solution could be as easy as rolling down the window. You will probably find your signal more than doubles in strength, which not only boosts productivity, but will probably boost your mood as well.

Call through the Internet

It is possible that your phone doesn’t work very well because your carrier doesn’t actually cover your area. Get online and compare your location with the coverage maps for all the different networks. If you live inside one carriers "dead-zone", there might be another network that services your area a bit better. So solving the problem could be as simple as switching providers. It is not all that hard anymore with number portability occurring on the spot, in most cases.

Now if you really like your carrier and don’t want to switch, that is no problem. There is a way you can keep your network and still boost your signal, and I will tell you how that works in a couple of minutes.

In the meantime, another low-budget alternative is to call your carrier and ask for the "customer retention department". You might be able to talk them into sending you a Femtocell, or a Cell-Spot Router, which is basically a small, low-powered cell phone converter that connects through your Internet.

You should be able to get service as long as you have an Internet connection, but there are some drawbacks you need to be prepared for. Calling through the Internet doesn't produce the best call quality and your Fem to cell only works with your carrier. That means it won’t be compatible for anyone with a different network. And since it goes through your Internet, it will likely slow your connection as well. But as long as you're ok with that, a Fem-to-cell or CellSpot Router could be a good way to go.

Wi-Fi calling

Another option is "Wi-Fi calling". If you happen to be near a Wi-Fi hotspot, try switching your phone over to "Wi-Fi mode" and just like that you will be able to make and receive calls using your regular phone number, but over the Wi-Fi network instead.

This can be a great way to save on roaming charges, if you’re traveling internationally, or maybe trying to send a message from 39,000 feet. But keep in mind that not all phones and carriers will support this feature and if they do, it will still count against your monthly cell phone minutes, while slowing your Internet speed at the same time.

Cell phone signal booster

You might want to check out a cell phone signal booster to solve your problem. What is a cell phone signal booster? Cell phone signal boosters (also known as cell phone repeaters) were developed to address the two factors that cause poor cell phone reception. They're designed to amplify a weak outside signal and bypass any obstructions to provide a strong inside signal to an area that was originally lacking.

The system works by mounting an outside antenna in a location that currently has signal, which is typically on the roof. The signal is passed from the outside antenna, by a cable to a signal amplifier inside the building.

Once the signal is amplified, it is then sent to an inside antenna, where it is broadcast out to the area which needs better reception. The system also works in reverse, with the signal from your phone being amplified and broadcast back to the tower, ensuring strong, two-way communication.

Now if you want to fix the problem, rather than just figuring out ways around it, try and get a weBoost cell-phone signal booster. The genius behind a signal booster is that it can take the powerful signals outside, and amplify them tremendously inside (up to 3200%!). Which effectively is like putting a mini cell-phone tower right inside your room? This means you will get faster data speeds, clearer conversations, and since your phone does not have to transmit long distances anymore, you will be saving power as well, which means longer battery life. A signal booster will eliminate dead-zones at the office, and even keep you connected to the road, which is perfect for anyone making business calls on the go. And if you're living way out in the boonies, a booster may be just the right prescription for curing your "weak signal" condition.

By the way, the great thing about "weBoost" technology (owned by Wilson Electronics) is they work with every network, every carrier, and there's really no limit to how many people can use it. "weBoost" comes with an option to boost voice, data, 3G and 4G LTE which is compatible with almost every carrier making it one of the best cell phone signal booster out there. It can cover up to 7,500 square feet with a strong existing outside signal. A weaker outside signal will result in less coverage.

Build your own antenna

If you're feeling handy, and don't want to pay money for one of those external antennas or devices mentioned above, you can always build your own discrete version. It can be done very quickly and easily with simple materials.

You will need: wire, cutters, emery, transparent tape and a ruler. It is much less conspicuous, very cheap, and it works but you do this at your own risk. It may invalidate your warranty or perhaps even brick your phone. But, that’ is highly doubtful.

Thankfully, in today's age of IT advancement, we get a solution to almost any problem we face related to our phones, laptops or any other gadgets, whether it is a hardware problem or software. There are so many companies, developers, and freelance programmers sitting out there, working hard to come up with these little Internet Technology related "life hacks" which can give us a solution after just a few clicks for the problem that can cost us hundreds of dollars otherwise.

As you can see in this article the problem of bad reception and weak signals are amazingly solved by some easy "life hacks" with the help of third-party mobile applications or some hardware. All you have to do is go to the Internet and look for the solutions of your problem and you will find all sorts of "hacks".

Well, now you know a little more about how your phone works and 10 tricks for finding a clearer signal. So whether you live in an area with terrible coverage or just have a load of radio-blocking materials, between you and your tower, remember you have still got options to boost your network's signal. Now you're never getting disconnected from your friends and family. Now you're never missing a call or text messages. No delay in your business or hangout plans with your friends anymore. So what are you waiting for? Hack your life! Boost your network's signals and get your voice heard!

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