We all know that in this day and age many of us heavily rely on our mobile phones. So how it is then that reliable cell phone reception is still an iffy prospect?
It happens to everybody. You’re on a call and the connection drops out. Or maybe you’re using a GPS app to find an unfamiliar address, and it suddenly quits working because the signal has disappeared. Now, what do you do? Drive around in hopes of picking up the signal again?
Read on to learn what causes dropped calls and how to fix this problem.
What is a dropped call?
A dropped call happens when your phone gets disconnected somehow from the cellular network. Usually, this happens because of poor cell signals wherever you are that causes the call to drop.
Why does my phone keep dropping calls?
Whether you have an iPhone or Android phone, we all love to blame our cell service providers for poor coverage and dropped calls. The truth is, most of the time it’s not their fault.
Often the culprit is something between us and the cell tower that blocks the signal or the distance from the cell tower. The signal-blocking obstacles can be man-made or naturally occurring, but the result is the same.
Distance from the nearest cell tower
This is almost always the first thing we focus on when calls keep dropping. After all, cellular signals are radio frequency waves and they behave like any other RF signal. Think about the FM radio in a car. If the receiver (in this case your cell phone or tablet) is too far away from the signal source – for our purposes, a cell tower – then the signal will be weak or may be undetectable.
Natural obstacles that block cell signal
Local terrain like hills, mountains, ridges, bluffs, and similar terrain will block cell signals. Any situation in which there is higher ground between your phone and the cell tower can cause signal issues.
Vegetation like trees, shrubbery, almost any kind of foliage can refract RF signals and interfere with your cell reception. Ask anyone who lives in a heavily wooded area how their cellular reception is. They’ll tell you – trees are wonderful things, but they do NOT enhance signals.
Atmospheric conditions like poor weather can block signals. Even dust particles in the air can reflect and refract RF signals. A foggy day? Water vapor can diffuse RF signals.