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How to Get Cell Phone Signal in a Dead Zone?

28th Sep 2020 by Wilson Amplifiers
How to Get Cell Phone Signal in a Dead Zone?
Our excerpt discusses what cellular dead zones are, what causes them, how to prepare for them, and different solutions that can help you get cell service where there is none.

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How to Get Cell Service Where There is None?

We have grown to depend on our mobile phones and expect great cell service everywhere we go. How could we not? They’re small portable computers that help us stay connected. Unfortunately, perfect cell phone signal doesn’t exist. There are cellular dead zones scattered all over the world, and some are inside buildings.

Dead zones can be extremely frustrating and worrisome, especially for those who live in remote and rural areas. What if an emergency happens? How will you get in contact with emergency personnel?

We will discuss what cellular dead zones are, what causes them, and different solutions that can help you get cell service where there is none.


What's a Cellular Dead Zone?

Simply put, cellular dead zones are areas where there is no cellular signal, either because the signal is being blocked or because the cell phone tower is too far.


What Causes Cell Phone Dead Zones?

Cell phone signal is facilitated by the radio frequency (RF) signals cellular towers transmit. If the RF signal is too far or is blocked by obstacles a dead zone will be created. The most common culprits that cause dead zones are:

  • Cell Phone Tower Distance: RF signals can only travel so far, the further away you are from cell towers the weaker the signal becomes. Finding your nearest cell tower is often the first step to understanding why you’re in a dead zone.
  • Topography: Hills, mountains, ridges, and foliage are natural signal barriers. They can absorb or reflect the signal waves, preventing any signal from reaching your phone.
  • Building Material: Metal, low e-glass, concrete, and brick are the biggest culprits for bad cell phone signal indoors. Signal waves have a hard time penetrating these materials, causing extremely poor signal or dead spots.
  • Tall Buildings: Cell phone signal can be greatly interfered with in areas that have numerous tall buildings. Not only are they blocked by the building, but the signals collide with each other when they are reflected off the building.
  • Weather: Humidity, rain, and snow can weaken cell phone signal.

How to Check for Dead Zones

The worst way to find out you’re in a dead zone is when you drop an important call or after moving into your new home. Cell phone dead zone maps are great tools to use to check for dead zones ahead of time and avoid being betrayed by your cellular signal.

Every cellular service provider has their own cell phone coverage map, but we all know that those maps are not 100% accurate. Cell phone dead zone maps can reveal real-world holes in your carrier’s coverage. Knowing where the dead zones are can help you prepare for future travel plans, long commutes, and future real estate purchases.

DeadCellZones.com is a fantastic website that will identify areas where cell phone signal is constantly dropped, network congestion is experienced, or where cell phone signal is not available. The data is gathered by real users who report dead zones all over the world.


Cell Phone Dead Zone Solutions

The most common areas where dead zones occur are in remote locations in the middle of nowhere. However, they can also occur inside homes and commercial buildings.

Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done to resolve dead zones in areas where there is absolutely no signal for miles, but dead zones in an indoor space can be patched up.

Here are different tips to improve your cell phone signal:

WiFi Calling

If you have a reliable WiFi connection, you can try to use WiFi calling. WiFi calling allows you to talk and text over an internet connection rather than a cellular network. Many people who experience weak or no signal inside their homes use WiFi calling to improve their call quality and texting capabilities. You can enable WiFi calling through your phone's settings.

Apple iPhone -> Settings -> Phone -> WiFi Calling

Android -> Settings -> Connections -> WiFi Calling

Switch Cell Phone Carriers

Switching carriers can be extremely inconvenient and time-consuming. But, if you have no service in your area, it could be worth it. Many cell phone towers are owned and operated by different phone carriers. It’s possible that your nearest cell phone towers are not operated by your carrier, hence the dead spots.

There are multiple websites and apps you can use to find your nearest cell towers, such as CellMapper, Network Cell Info (for Android Phones), and OpenSignal (for Android and Apple). Or, you can kick it old school and ask your neighbors what carrier they use.

Femtocells or Microcells

Femtocells or microcells are devices that use an internet connection to help improve your cell phone signal indoors. If you have, or can get, an internet connection in your home, femtocells can help patch up dead zones. The main drawback is that they can slow down your internet speeds.

After the connection with your internet has been established, the device will broadcast usable signal into the desired area. When you make a phone call, the signal will travel through the internet, into a FEMTO gateway, and then it will be sent out to its destination.

To improve the signal in multiple areas, it’s possible that multiple femtocells will be needed. In addition, femtocells are carrier-specific. For example, if you have AT&T, and your guests have T-Mobile, they will still struggle with poor cell phone reception inside your home.

Cell Phone Signal Booster

Cell phone signal boosters (sometimes referred to as signal extenders or cell phone repeaters) use antennas, rather than an internet connection, to improve your cellular network.

They capture poor outside signal, boost it, and rebroadcast the boosted signal into the desired areas in your home or vehicle. They also work in reverse, they will pick up on your phone’s outgoing signal, boost it, and send it back to the cell phone tower.

Keep in mind that cell phone signal boosters will only work if there is an existing signal outside your home, office, or vehicle - even if it's just one bar. They can enhance the signal, not create it.

Most signal boosters require three components:

  • An External Antenna – Captures the poor outside signal
  • An Amplifier – Boosts the poor signal
  • An Indoor Antenna – Rebroadcast the boosted signal into your home, office building, or vehicle

The location of the outside antenna is key to significantly improve your cell phone signal. It’s best to mount the antenna on the roof of your home or vehicle. This will help reduce the number of obstructions blocking the signal waves.

There is a variety of different signal boosters available, and they range in the amount of square feet they can cover. Signal boosters can cover anywhere from 500 - 7,500 sq ft in small to large homes and offices. For commercial use, they can cover areas up to 100,000 sq ft. You won’t need to buy multiple signal boosters to have a strong signal inside your home, but additional equipment might be needed to extend the signal into multiple floors.

In addition, our cell phone signal boosters are compatible with all major carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, etc.). You and your guests will all be able to enjoy a great signal inside. They are also compatible with all cellular devices, such as iPhone, Samsung, Google Pixel, Lg, and more.

In conclusion, cell phone signal boosters are great solutions for those who struggle with dead zones and poor cell phone signal inside their home, office, or vehicle.


Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Homes, Offices, and Vehicles to Resolve Dead Zones

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weBoost Installed Home Complete Signal Booster Kit

Overview:

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  • Complete home coverage for all carriers across multiple devices
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SKU: 474445

The weBoost Installed Home Complete is the most powerful home booster we have. It can cover a large home with decent outside signal or a midsize home with weak outdoor signal. It can give up to 7,500 sq ft of coverage with perfect outside signal. Most people will probably see a coverage area between 3,500 and 5,500 sq ft. If you want to cover more than one floor, you might need more antennas. If you live in an area with a very weak signal, you might get about 2,000 sq ft of coverage from it.

The best part of the weBoost Installed Home is that it offers professional residential installation. You won't have to stress about installing the signal booster yourself, nor trying to figure out what the best location for it is.

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Best Signal Booster for Medium Sized Homes and Offices

weBoost Home MultiRoom Signal Booster Kit

Overview:

  • Up to 5,000 sq. ft. of coverage under best conditions
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  • Up to +65 dB gain, with 21 dBm uplink and 12 dBm downlink
  • Complete coverage for multiple rooms or midsize home for all carriers across multiple devices
  • Outdoor yagi antenna and indoor panel antenna configuration, with stylish fabric front
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SKU: 470144

The weBoost Home MultiRoom Signal Booster is the most popular signal booster for home. It's perfect for midsize homes and offices in urban and rural areas.

It can cover up to 5,000 sq ft if your outside signal is perfect. Most people will probably see a coverage area of 2,000 to 3,000 sq ft. If you live in an area with an extremely weak signal, expect much less coverage. The amount of coverage provided will depend on the strength of your outside signal.

It's important to note that the weBoost Home Multiroom Signal Booster is a DIY kit. If you were looking for a signal booster that can be professionally installed, consider the weBoost Installed Home Complete Signal Booster Kit.

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Best Signal Booster for One or Two Rooms

weBoost Home Room Signal Booster Kit

Overview:

  • Enhances 3G, 4G, and LTE
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  • Works best for one room, apartments, and small homes
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SKU: 472120

The weBoost Home Room Signal Booster is the most affordable signal booster; it’s great if you're on a budget. It enhances your signal in areas up to 1,500 sq ft if your outside signal is perfect. However, the amount of coverage provided will depend on the strength of your existing outside signal. Most people will probably see a coverage area of 200 to 500 sq ft.

It's a great option if you live in an apartment, dorm room, or condo. The weBoost Home Room Signal Booster is a good starter kit if you have decent outside signal. It will improve your call quality and reduce dropped calls in certain areas. However, it doesn't cover the whole home and it's not a strong performer in rural areas with poor cell signal. If you live in an area with a weak signal, it's very unlikely you will see the results you want and should consider an upgrade to the weBoost Home MultiRoom.

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Most Powerful Multi-User Signal Booster for Vehicles

weBoost Drive Reach Signal Booster Kit

Overview:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, and Data
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  • Works in extremely rural and remote areas
  • Up to 50 dB Gain
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SKU: 470154

The weBoost Drive Reach Signal Booster is our most powerful in-vehicle cell phone signal booster. With its increased uplink output, users can access towers that are 2x farther for twice the signal strength – signifying an increase of almost 5dB in uplink output power. Since your cell phone signal will be able to reach further, it will help eliminate dropped calls, improve call quality, and data speeds.

The kit comes with a mini outside magnet mount antenna to pick up the signal. A low-profile interior antenna (usually Velcroed to the driver’s seat) to broadcast the signal inside the vehicle. Keep in mind that you do have to be about an arm’s length from the interior antenna to get the boosted signal. It's designed for cars, SUVs, trucks, and RVs.

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Best Value Signal Booster For Vehicles

weBoost Drive Sleek Cell Phone Booster Kit

Overview:

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The weBoost Drive Sleek Cell Phone Booster Kit is one of the most economical boosters available for a single user. It uses a magnetic vent mount and when paired with a Bluetooth headset, it really shines for regular talk, text, and hands-free navigation. The smartphone has to be in the cradle to get maximum signal boost. With the new design, wider smartphones and small tablets can fit in the cradle.

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Most Powerfull Signal Booster for RVs, Trailers, and Campers

weBoost Drive X RV Signal Booster Kit

Overview:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, Internet, and Data
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The weBoost Drive X RV Signal Booster is a powerful signal booster for RVs, trailers, and campers. It can be used while driving and while stationary at the campsite, so it only requires one easy installation.

The signal booster reaches farther to and from cell phone towers and bypasses any material obstruction. You will have better call quality and better data speeds.

Keep in mind that the antenna for the Drive X has less range and power than the stationary option. If you spend most of your time in one location, consider the weBoost Connect RV 65 Cellphone Signal Booster

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