Breaking Cell Phone Reception Barriers In Commercial Buildings

Posted by on March 12, 2016

Breaking cell phone reception barriers in commercial buildings

Sure, hotels & offices have Wi-Fi, but what about cell phone reception?

"I'm about to walk into the office. Let me call you back from my desk phone."

If you have been forced to utter these words to a client, prospect, boss, significant other, or even a friend, I’m sure you visibly cringed as you said, "this is 2016". We're far from "recently entering" the Digital Age. We have settled in, and have yet to look back. The fact that entering a building can cause us to lose connection to our cell phone service/ signal is. . . Well, preposterous! Yet, it is a problem that continues to plague us.

It is irritating enough when you use your phone for personal matters such as friendly phone calls, texting, checking emails and social media accounts, or even playing games. A lost connection can mean the difference between breaking your personal best score or losing the Words With Friends battle that you and your bestie have had going on for over a week now. But if you're using your phone for professional reasons or even educational reasons, then walking into a building with bad reception (be it a hotel, your office, or your school/ university) can have severely limiting and critical consequences.

If you're on the phone with a prospect, taking the time to pause the call could cause the lead to go cold and lose interest. You could stand outside and remain on the line until the call is finished, which isn't a problem if it is a beautiful sunny day with a nice refreshing and cool breeze, but if it is raining or snowing, too hot or too cold, you're not going to perform at your highest quality during the call. This can cause you to lose your lead or new job opportunity if you're on a phone interview.

Before you take matters into your own hands or take to social media with your gripes and complaints regarding your dropped calls, you should know that the solutions that are at your disposal are all temporary ones. Large office buildings, hotels, conference facilities, and universities were not designed with the cellular side of The Digital Age in mind. So the next time you run a hotel search, consider asking if they have taken any precautionary steps to boost cell phone service within their facility. Sure, free Wi-Fi is great, but being able to use your cell phone to actually make calls is just as important.

The Corporate Side of Cellular Reception Matter

If you're a corporate owner or manager, there's no need to get defensive. This is not your fault, either. Who could have predicted the power that our mobile devices would come to hold over us? Cell phones used to be forbidden at work and school, but now we use them as if they are our very own personal assistant! Half of the time clients don't even know that the professional that they are dealing with has an office phone besides a cell phone. And students can use their phones and tablets to take notes, research, write up their homework assignments, and even update their to do lists and manage their calendar/ schedules.

Had we known, this might have been taken into account when choosing building locations and designing blueprints. And, fingers crossed, owners, architects, and other professionals will begin to take this into account in the future when they put together their plans. But for now, it is a problem that we're all forced to deal with. Hotels have to nod sympathetically when they receive new complaints about dropped calls and poor reception and offer their sincere apologies.

Schools are already beginning to find that embracing technology in the classroom is assisting students with retention and is empowering students to use all the resources at their disposal when researching and completing their studies. When I was in junior high and high school, I had to carry a planner around with me from class to class just so I would not forget an assignment or forget an after-school meeting or study session that I was supposed to attend. Now students just have to type it into their smart phone calendar and set a reminder!

I cannot tell you how many times I got in trouble for using my cell phone at work, only to be handed a smart phone at my next job and told that I could sync up my personal email as well as my work email, if I wanted to! It was as if the change happened overnight. Not only are employees available 24/7 with the use of smart phones, but information is kept more organized, your employees can easily be assigned and reminded of upcoming tasks, and commutes (when car-pooling - of course you should never text or email while driving) can be just as productive as being in the office.

But there are several options out there for you, if you're interested in honing in on a solution to the problem. And rather than tearing down your building and starting from scratch, consider a simpler (and really a much cheaper) alternative.

Available Cellular Solutions

Investing in a commercial grade signal booster is the cheaper and (in my opinion) the smartest decision you could make. Not only are there a lot of great options out there for you, customizable based on the size of your office, building, or even venue, but they come with great support and are continuing to advance and offer improvements upon the signal reception around your building. They are also easy to install and provide minimal upkeep and hassle for you going forward.

Breaking Cell Phone Reception Barriers In Commercial Buildings with Wilson Pro

Here are a few of the options out there:

Wilson Pro 70 Signal Booster (465134)

• For large buildings and areas (up to 25,000 sq ft coverage).
• Boosters sold in kits with antennas.
• Expansion kits available for large scale installations.
• Self-optimizing design minimizes installation time.
• Compatible with all North American cellular networks.
• Three year warranty.
• FCC and Industry Canada certified.
• Supports 100+ people simultaneously.
• Up to +72 dB gain.
• Faster, cleaner data transfers.
• Strong, reliable connections even in weak signal areas.
• Enhanced indoor coverage area.
• Extends battery life of cellular devices.
Click here for more details about 50 Ohm System, Wilson Pro 70.

Wilson Pro 70 Plus Signal Booster (463127)

• For large buildings and areas (up to 50,000 sq. ft. coverage).
• Boosters sold in kits with antennas.
• Expansion kits available for large scale installations.
• Self-optimizing design minimizes installation time.
• Compatible with all North American cellular networks.
• Three year warranty.
• FCC and Industry Canada certified.
• Supports 100+ people simultaneously.
• Up to +72 dB gain, maxed downlink power.
• Faster, cleaner data transfers.
• Strong, reliable connections even in weak signal areas.
• Enhanced indoor coverage area.
• Extends battery life of cellular devices.
Click here for more details about 50 Ohm system, Wilson Pro 70 Plus.

Wilson Pro 70 Plus Select Signal Booster (462127)

• For large buildings and areas (up to 50,000 sq. ft. coverage).
• Pro70 Boosters sold in kits with antennas.
• Expansion kits available for large scale installations.
• Self-optimizing design minimizes installation time.
• Compatible with all North American cellular networks.
• Pro-70 amplifiers have three year warranty.
• FCC and Industry Canada certified.
• Supports 100+ people simultaneously.
• Up to +72 dB gain, maxed downlink power.
• Adjustable Integrated Uplink and Downlink Power Meter.
• Faster, cleaner data transfers.
• Strong, reliable connections even in weak signal areas.
• Enhanced indoor coverage area.
• Extends battery life of cellular devices.
Click here for more details about the 50 Ohm system, Wilson Pro 70 Plus Select.

OTHER Interior Cellular Coverage Expansion Options, Including DAS

In case you were wondering: No, cell phone signal boosters can't be the ONLY option out there! If you would like to consider all your options before picking out the best signal booster for your building, there are a few other alternatives to look at. One option that will most likely be dangled in front of you is the option of investing in a DAS (Distributed Antenna System) is a valid choice to consider.

Any online search tool will quickly tell you that a Distributed Antenna System deals with isolated areas of poor signal reception inside a large building by installing a network of somewhat small antennas throughout the building to serve as "repeaters" thereby boosting reception.

Unfortunately, that same online search will also tell you that in most cases, installing a DAS is more trouble than it’s worth.

• They are highly expensive investments that will quite literally take your breath away.
• Take at least six months to install (and often longer).
• Require permissions from each carrier service to transmit the signal (and this process alone can delay the installation for days, weeks, or even months).
• Permissions from carrier services often come with lengthy contract terms, such as ten years or more).

While installation of a DAS is a route that can get you results, you will pay for them in time, money, and effort, often leaving you wondering if it was worth it in the end. In many instances, a simple signal booster (commercial grade) can give you the same benefits without the long drawn out and exhausting battle, term negotiations, and red tape.

Besides a DAS, your other option is to cross your fingers and hope that eventually all wireless providers will go the route of T-Mobile and take steps to allow phone calls to travel over Wi-Fi networks. This would negate the need for cellular signal altogether, although it could be many more years before all the cellular providers make the leap. However, with Wi-Fi being so efficient and quick with download time, etc, it is possible that this will be the future of phone calls as well. Companies like Skype and Google are already offering Wi-Fi based calling services that allow you to easily sidestep having to dial a phone number.

Conclusion

Cell phones are no longer discouraged in the office, at school, or in other public places – at least when they're used appropriately. I'm not sure many employers would look over your shoulder and encourage your Words With Friends game or applaud your latest Candy Crush score.

But many companies are adapting to this new era of smart devices and are using them to increase profits and help both consumer and professional benefit from their use. I receive scan-able coupons via email from stores on a daily basis! I don’t even have to print them out anymore as I used to. All you have to do is pull up the email and offer your phone to the cashier and they can scan the coupon directly from your electronic device. No more misplacing coupons. No more cluttered purse or wallet. It is a win/win for everyone involved.

It is very obviously in the corporate world's best interest to continue to take full advantage of this Digital and Cellular Age. And until all phone calls are made using Wi-Fi networks or buildings are designed to allow optimal cellular reception, it is necessary to take some additional steps to ensure that your clients, customers, guests, employees, students, or even long term residents are able to fully utilize their cell phone plans.

The natural step is to do your best to allow for cell phone use within your building. So whether you start down the long road of installing a DAS system or pick out the best Signal Booster for your location, it is time to make a change and fully embrace the cellular culture.

Next time you see someone tapping away at their cell phone, take a moment to consider just how beneficial it is to be able to utilize your mobile device at any given moment. Whether you're looking to "Google" something, set a reminder on your calendar, text your loved one, send an email to a client, top your latest Candy Crush score, or even make a phone call, our smart devices allow us to carry the world in our pocket and despite some of the annoying habits that seem to come with overuse, a lot of good comes from having a strong Wi-Fi connection and a flawless cellular reception.

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