Posted by Admin on June 30, 2016
Here're proven methods to quickly locate the nearest cell phone tower anywhere within USA and Canada to help with improving your cell phone reception or simply for help with installation of a home cell phone signal booster. How to locate coverage maps from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and other carriers? Most of the major carriers have maps showing their coverage area across United States and Canada, but you’re on your own when it comes to specific cell tower location. In this post, we will show you how to find your nearest cell tower in USA & Canada with websites, apps, signal meters, and native tools.
Unfortunately, we hear this story quite a lot, where a customer buys a second home (which is often a cabin in a rural or remote area) or an RV, only to discover that their new place is not covered by Verizon, AT&T, or their own carrier. So, make sure your area is included in your carrier’s coverage map before hunting for cell tower maps and locations. Do this by simply entering your address or ZIP Code for your specific carrier.
Once you have confirmed that your area is actually covered by your carrier, then you can locate your cell tower.
With these websites, simply enter your ZIP Code (USA) or Postal Code (Canada) or physical street address and it will display your cell tower locations. The results will be fairly transparent, but there’s still no way of being 100% sure that the results are accurate. But, it is a good start. When used in conjunction with techniques that we will mention later, you will easily be able to locate your nearest cell tower!
Using your location, these apps are able to map out your nearest cell tower. It is a handy tool to use! However, it is difficult to verify if information provided is actually 100% accurate. Still, you will have a general idea of where the closest cell towers are.
This is the method we recommend you use. We know that your phone requires a signal to work, so that means it is possible to reverse-engineer the entire process and see where your closest cell tower is located. First, we will explain about cell phone signal: Cell phone signals are basically the AM/FM kind of radio waves, and they are measured in decibels (dB). All cellular devices operate within the -50 dB to -120 dB frequency. Full bars, or full strength is -50 dB, whereas a dead zone, or no service zone, is -120 dB. But, there’s no industry standard for the number of bars and/or dB signal strength, and each carrier is able to state which dB range correlates to the number of bars. Therefore, this leaves a situation where 1 bar on Sprint might be 2 bars on Verizon, which in turn could be 3 bars on T-Mobile! This is despite the fact that they are all receiving exactly the same signal and performing at identical speeds.
Therefore, the number of bars on your phone is subjective across all carriers! But, the dB readings are not subjective! DB or Decibel readings are real – they are simply science and math! Your signal will be best the closer you are to -50 dB, and your signal will be worse the closer you are to -120 dB. The good news is that your smartphone has the ability to display real dB readings!
Now that you have access to your dB reading, walk outside your home. Depending on your phone model and carrier it might take some time for your phone to refresh, so while walking slowly keep checking for the number closest to -50 dB. After you have done this a couple of times, it should become very clear which area of your home is receiving the best signal, which means that you now know the general direction of your cell tower:)
For most people, using their phone in dB mode is a very successful method of locating a stronger signal. However, if you’re a professional, contractor, or an installer who needs to be 100% accurate, then the obvious answer is to use a cell phone signal meter. A signal meter is a handheld device that accurately locates all bands and 3G and 4G frequencies: Signal strength is displayed in dB, and it accurately provides cell tower location within a 45 to 90° area. For professional telecom users, the signal meter is definitely a worthwhile investment.