Cellphone coverage has improved dramatically over the last few years, but there are still many parts of America which have poor coverage. Even in areas where coverage is good, it is not uncommon for the demand for cellphone signals to exceed the capacity offered by the nearest tower, resulting in dropped calls. There are several things that you can do to increase the quality of the cellphone signal in your car.
The simplest way to improve your cellphone signal is to keep your phone charged at all times. If your battery power is low, then it is harder for your phone to find a signal. Purchase a phone charger for your car, and plug your phone in when it is not in use. If you have a poor signal even when your phone is fully charged, place your phone in a holder near a window, with the phone standing upwards, rather than lying flat or at an odd angle. In areas with a weak signal, simply positioning the antenna correctly is enough to make the difference between the phone working or showing a no signal icon.
Another option is to purchase an external antenna or signal booster. Modern boosters are easy to install in your car and increase your cellphone’s signal quality by as much as a factor of 12.
These simple steps can help you to reduce the number of dropped calls and signal issues you encounter in your car. If you continue to encounter problems with your signal, contact your mobile service provider for advice. Remember that some networks have limited coverage of the country. If you travel a lot, investing in more than one phone on different networks is a good idea.