Make a Phone Operate When Out of Range: 5 Expert Tips

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Mobile phone signals break up because of thick walls, tall buildings, or hidden metal supports in our daily environments. A change in the weather such as a hurricane or a solar storm can interrupt service. A few simple common sense measures, additional services or equipment can ensure reliable mobile phone service in the remotest environments.


What to Look for When Buying a Phone

All technologies have their pros and cons, but certain technologies automatically give better reception than others. When buying a phone look for CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) accessibility at 850MHZ since it will have the best reception qualities. Signals easily penetrate buildings and have the most likelihood of connecting in remote areas.

The second best technology for phone reception is GSM (Global System Mobile). It has the added benefit of fraud protection and is better for those traveling frequently. GSM support will ensure that a phone will operate flawlessly in other countries. Also, determine if your phone has a Wi-Fi feature if you frequent places with hotspots.

Check the Phone

Before rushing out and spending money, a few counter measures when the mumbles start may stop the problem in its tracks. Locating the antennae on say Blackberry curve cell phones may help. Something as simple as placing the finger on top of the antennae spot can sometimes interfere with the signal. If a phone call breaks up in the middle of the conversation, rotate the body. This lets the phone connect to a different tower if available. If the mumbling lasts any length of time check the batteries.

Check the Services Available

In an area with many mobile phone towers available service interruption most likely occurs inside the building. A service known as UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) gives an option. Some carriers have UMA which when used inside a building will seamlessly switch from a standard wireless to network Wi-Fi. A remote area with few towers available may need a carrier that offers satellite mobile phone service. Like satellite television a beam transmits up to a communication satellite connecting one to any other phone in the world.

Get Signal Boosters

Mobile phone carriers know where many dead spots or interference points happen. Often they will have an option to add to the basic service with an electronic box that boosts the signal inside a home or business. Devices come by names such as network extender, cell ranger, signal booster or amplifier. All will improve voice quality.

Signal boosters are similar to the broadcast towers, but are much smaller, usually intended for use in one building. Modern cellular repeater amplifiers rebroadcast cellular signals inside the building. The systems usually use an external, directional antenna, to collect the best cellular signal. These signals are then transmitted to an amplifier unit which amplifies the signal, and re-transmits it locally. This provides a significant improvement in signal strength. The more advanced models often also allow multiple cell phones to use the same repeater at the same time, so are suitable for commercial as well as home use.


A new technology triggered by the new standards for WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) and high-speed packets improves mobile networking capacity. Fem-to-Cell come as small base stations giving low power access points which combine mobile and internet networks. It connects to a network through a broadband or cable service. It supports two to five phones in a household.

A fem-to-cell supporting cast allows service providers to extend service coverage indoors or at the cell edge, especially where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable. So for a mobile operator, the attractions of a fem-to-cell improve both coverage and capacity, especially indoors. Consumers benefit from improved coverage and potentially better voice quality and battery life.

With the availability of supplemental mobile technologies, services and experienced customer service representatives, any consumer can experience clearer cellular communication.

Teddy Hunt is a freelance content writer with a focus on technology. When not behind a computer, Teddy spends the majority of his free time outdoors and resides in Tampa, Florida.