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How to Get Cell Phone Signal in a Dead Zone?

How to Get Cell Phone Signal in a Dead Zone?

Written by Wilson Amplifiers
19th Feb 2021

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.

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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

Best Signal Booster for Medium Sized Homes and Offices

weboost home multiroom
weBoost Home MultiRoom - 470144

For midsize homes and offices with a strong outside signal or small homes with weak outside signal.

Buy Now at $549.99
  • Up to 5,000 sq ft of coverage under best conditions
  • Up to +65 dB of gain, with 21 dBm uplink and 12 dBm downlink
  • Multiple accessories for maximum coverage and customization (sold separately)
  • 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

The weBoost Home MultiRoom is the most popular cell phone signal booster with a coverage range that usually works for most people. It’s perfect for midsize homes and offices in the city with strong outside signal, or small homes in rural areas with weak outside signal.

It features a maximum uplink power of 21 dBm, meaning the booster can communicate with far distanced towers, making it a good performer in rural areas where tower distance is the biggest problem.

As its name suggests, you can expect multiple rooms of coverage or even whole-home coverage depending on your outside signal strength. Assuming you have excellent cellular signal outside your home, the Home MultiRoom can cover areas up to 5,000 sq ft, but most people will get between 2,000 – 3,000 sq ft of indoor coverage, areas with extremely poor cellular reception can expect much less coverage.

If you’re in an area where you receive next to no signal, or you want a reliable connection throughout your large home, this is the lowest grade signal booster you should get, consider its sister product, the weBoost Home Complete.

Best Professionally Installed Signal Booster for Homes and Offices

weboost installed home complete
weBoost Installed Home Complete - 474445

Whole-home coverage for large homes with strong outside signal or midsize homes with weak outside signal.

Buy Now at $1,199.99
  • Superior cell phone service for your entire home. 5G Ready
  • Up to 7,500 sq. ft. to coverage under best conditions
  • Up to +72 dB gain, with 24 dBm uplink and 12 dBm downlink
  • Multiple accessories for maximum coverage and customization (sold separately)
  • Complete coverage for entire home for all carriers across multiple devices
  • Outdoor yagi antenna and indoor panel antenna, with stylish fabric front

The weBoost Installed Home Complete is the most powerful home booster you can get. It’s capable of providing whole-home coverage for a large home with strong outside signal or a midsize home with weak outside signal.

It features a maximum gain of +72 dB, which is the highest of any multi-carrier home unit, making it roughly a shade over 3x more powerful than the weBoost Home MultiRoom. And with its powerful uplink and downlink outputs, the Installed Home Complete can reach far distanced towers to provide you with superior service indoors.

Under perfect conditions, the Installed Home Complete can cover areas up to 7,500 sq ft. However, depending on your outside signal strength, most people will get between 4,000 – 6,000 sq ft, even with below average outside signal, fringe zones can expect a little less.

To maximize your coverage, additional antennas are required, especially if you’re trying to cover more than one floor. Not to mention, it features an aesthetically pleasing design to enhance your home décor rather than ruin it.

The best part of the weBoost Installed Home Complete is that it includes a 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 the signal booster is – the professionals will take care of it. However, if you would rather install the booster yourself, we also offer a Do-It-Yourself version.

weboost home complete
weBoost Home Complete - 470145

DIY booster for large homes.

Buy Now at $999.99

Best Signal Booster for One or Two Rooms

weboost home studio
weBoost Home Studio - 470166

For small homes and office spaces for all carriers.

Buy Now at $349.99
  • 5G ready booster - Amplifies 4G LTE and 3G signals
  • Up to 2,000 sq ft of coverage under best conditions
  • Up to +60 dB of gain
  • Can boost multiple cellular devices across all US carriers
  • Compact design, fits on any flat surface

The weBoost Home Studiois the newest and most affordable home signal booster. Perfect for people on a budget wanting to improve their cellular reception in small areas.

Under perfect conditions, it can enhance your cellular signal in areas up to 2,000 sq ft, ideal for a small home, apartment, dorm, or condo. However, coverage is determined by how strong or weak your outside signal is. Weak signal areas will probably get around 200-500 sq ft, enough to cover one large room, such as a living room, home office, master bedroom, or two small rooms.

Great starter kit if you have decent outside signal but struggle with a reliable connection in the rooms where it matters. However, if you live in a weak signal area, you're very unlikely to see the results you want and should consider an upgrade to the weBoost Home MultiRoom.

Best Value Signal Booster For Vehicles

weboost drive x
weBoost Drive X - 475021

For drivers in urban, suburban, and some rural areas.

Buy Now at $399.99
  • Boosts talk, text, 3G and 4G LTE data
  • 5G ready
  • Amplifies multiple cellular devices simultaneously (up to 4)
  • Up to +50 dB gain
  • Works with all cellular devices across all carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and more)
  • Extremely customizable: variants for any type of vehicle and setup.

The weBoost Drive X is a relatively inexpensive yet extremely reliable vehicle signal booster. It’s more powerful than the old Drive 4G but not as powerful as the Drive Reach.

With its +50 dB of gain and more range than its predecessor, it can communicate with relatively far distanced towers to provide you and your passengers with enhanced 3G and 4G LTE signals in areas where maintaining a reliable connection seems impossible. It's an all-around performer for the city and the countryside. In weak signal areas, you and your passengers might have to be closer to the inside antenna to benefit from the amplified signal.

For those in extreme cases of poor signal, we recommend the Drive Reach, which is able to reach cell towers located much further.

Most Powerful Multi-User Signal Booster for Vehicles

weboost drive reach
weBoost Drive Reach - 470154

For drivers in remote and urban areas.

Buy Now at $499.99
  • Boosts Talk, Text, and 3G & 4G LTE Data - 5G Ready
  • Amplifies multiple cellular devices across all carriers
  • Up to +50 dB gain
  • Works in extremely rural and remote areas
  • Extremely customizable, with variants for any type of vehicle and situation

The weBoost Drive Reach is the most powerful vehicle cell phone signal booster, designed to boost up to 4 cellular devices across all carriers. It’s the booster we highly recommend for most situations.

A mini magnet mount outside antenna picks up the signals, and a low-profile interior antenna (usually Velcroed to a seat) broadcasts the signal inside your vehicle. For optimal results, your cellular device will have to be about an arm's length from the inside antenna to benefit from the boosted signal, so it's best for your typical sedan, truck, or SUV, but will work with any vehicle.

It features the highest uplink output power of any multi-carrier vehicle booster, allowing it to reach cell towers that are 2x further for twice the signal strength, making it much more powerful than its competitors and a great performer in the most rural of roads and highways.

Most Affordable Signal Booster for Vehicles

weboost drive sleek
weBoost Drive Sleek - 470135

Best for urban and suburban driving.

Buy Now at $199.99
  • Boosts Voice, Text Messages, 4G, LTE & 3G Data. 5G Ready.
  • For a single smartphone
  • Cradle signal booster
  • Up to +23 dB gain

The weBoost Drive Sleek is the most economical vehicle cell phone signal booster for a single device.

The kit includes a magnet mount antenna that can be easily installed on the roof of any vehicle and an adjustable cradle vent mount designed to hold any size smartphone or small tablet.

To benefit from the boosted signal, your cellular device has to be in the cradle. And when paired with a Bluetooth headset, it really shines for regular talk, text, and hands-free navigation.

For those extreme cases of poor cellular reception, consider the weBoost Drive X or the weBoost Drive Reach.

Contact Us

Wilson Amplifiers is a leading provider of cell phone signal boosters, devices that amplify 4G & 3G LTE for any phone with any carrier for home, office, or car. We’ve boosted over 10,000,000 sq ft of signal for homes, buildings, and vehicles across America and Canada.

  • Free consultation (ask us anything) with our US-based customer support. Email: (sales@wilsonamplifiers.com). Phone: 1-800-568-2723.
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