Poor phone signal? Here are three things you can try to solve the problem.
One of the many things that the last couple of years has taught us is that being able to stay in touch with your family, friends and colleagues has become more important than ever.
So, if you're in one of those places where you have to run outside when someone calls, here are a few things you can try, to help combat bad reception.
One cause of poor signal could be the case on your phone.
Long before smartphones, some handsets had external antenna.
These days they're all internal but putting a case on your phone (particularly a metal one) can seriously affect the effectiveness of your device's antennas.
Temporarily removing your phone's case or holding your phone in such a way that you're not obstructing the antenna lines could improve signal strength considerably.
Most UK households have fast enough broadband for WiFi calling which, put simply, is a phone call that uses the internet instead of the mobile phone network.
You can check if your mobile provider offers WiFi calling, but it’s also important that your phone supports it too.
Services such as Skype, Whatsapp Calling, Facebook Messenger, and FaceTime all use WiFi Calling.
So, if you're already using one of those services, you can dial out over WiFi from within your app of choice.
Note: The other person needs to be connected via WiFi at the time you want to call them.
This may sound extreme but if you consistently experience terrible mobile signal at home, consider switching to another provider.
It’s surprisingly easy to switch and keeping your existing number is easy too.
In order to find out if a different network will provide a better mobile signal, you can use their respective coverage checkers. Each will tell you whether the signal will be good outdoors as well as indoors at any given UK postcode.
If you'd rather get an independent opinion on how good each operator's signal is in your area, head to the Ofcom website.
If you don't want to change networks and can't rely on WiFi calling, then a signal booster could help. Most of these devices create a mobile signal by using your home broadband, while others repeat/amplify a weak signal.
If you look to go this route, however, be very careful what you buy. As you’ll find on Ofcom's website some signal boosters are illegal to use.
The best thing to do is approach your mobile provider and ask if they will supply (or sell you) a booster/repeater.
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