Losing mobile phone reception when you need to, or are making an important call can be an extremely frustrating experience. There is no way to ensure it never happens, but if you understand the reasons why it happens on occasion, you will be better fixed to solve the problem and find a way to complete your call.
A weak mobile phone signal can sometimes make the difference between success and failure, so it is important to know the factors that can effect coverage, such as location and the quality of your handset. Before thinking about changing your phone or network, it is worth looking at a coverage checker map, to see if you are in a area that receives weak signal or a mobile coverage ‘dead zone’.
If you are suffering with a weak mobile signal and the coverage map for your network in your area lists it as being strong, then there is a chance that your mobile phone itself has a poor quality antenna. That is why you should always learn which phone gets the best reception before buying any. As mobile technology is progressing steadily year on year, if your phone is a number of years old, the antenna it is using to draw signal could be outdated and weaker than those of newer phones. It is worth considering an upgrade to your phone, even if you find the thought of smartphones and apps daunting. Mobile phone retailers will be happy to assist you in finding the right handset for your needs and explaining the functions in a clear and concise way.
Those living in more rural areas often experience a weaker signal than those in urban areas. This is due to the concentration of mobile phone masts in places with a high population density. As there tends to more distance between users and the masts their phones get their signal from, places in the country tend to have more dead zones and areas of poor coverage, although with mobile phone masts being built and installed in more and more places, this should become less of an issue in the future.
If you work or live in a basement or near the ground floor of a tall building, this could explain why your mobile coverage is weak, as the density of the walls and amount of material above you make it difficult for signals to reach those areas. Unfortunately, there is currently no way to boost your signal that is licensed and approved by manufacturers.
Even though there may be no quick fix for your signal problems, an understanding of the reasons behind it could leave you better prepared to find a mobile phone and provider that can offer you a more satisfactory service as signal coverage increases across the country, making dead zones a thing of the past.