Have you ever walked around London and wondered why, in this capital of commerce where communication is key, your mobile signal is often so poor? Built-up areas can cause a real problem for network coverage because there are so many buildings in the way of the signal. Not that being in the countryside is an assurance of signal strength, because, typically, the further from densely populated areas you are the fewer mobile signal towers there are.
But, no matter whether you work in a city or the countryside, there are some things you can do to boost your mobile signal strength without resorting to anything as extreme as relocating.
1. Declutter your environment
When there are signal problems in a workplace people already know to move around to find better reception. So where do they go? They hold their phone up high or walk to a window, subconsciously realising that building materials such as insulation, metals, and the thickness of the walls can impact on the quality of their mobile signal.
While there is little that can be done about the building you’re in or the structures surrounding you that might be limiting your signal, there is something you can do about what might be limiting the signal within your walls.
Just like the materials your building is made from can disrupt the progress of a signal to your phone, the clutter you fill your offices with can do the same – partitions, internal walls, units, screens and so forth. Decluttering your office may contribute to a better signal throughout your building.
2. Design and orientation issues
Do you remember the days when aerials were visible on top of your mobile phone? The design may look better now, but it’s likely that your signal reception was stronger in the past because of this. While there’s little that can be done about this (because we’re not going to suggest trading your iPhone or your Samsung for an old Nokia), there is something you can do about the way you use your phone. With most phones now having an internal aerial you have to be all the more careful about how you hold your phone – holding it in landscape position can lead to a drop in signal strength because your hand is covering the aerial.
3. It’s a matter of fashion
Older phones had external aerials and they also didn’t often have cases to protect them. This meant better signals but, of course, more damaged phones. Today, smartphones have large expanses of screen that can be damaged far more easily, costing a small fortune to replace, so phone cases have become commonplace. However, the thickness and type of material a case is made from could lessen the signal your phone receives. Something to consider next time you’re tempted by a military-grade casing for your team’s phones.
4. Battery power and signal strength are linked
Even when it’s not in use, your phone is busy bouncing a signal back and forth to the closest tower, so the lower the charge your phone’s battery has, the less efficient it will be at this task. Make sure your staff maintain a good phones charging routine so this is not a reason for dropped calls during working hours.
5. Install a signal booster
There’s so much that can impact on your mobile signal, resulting in dropped or missed calls – topography, surrounding buildings and obstructions, building materials, weather, number of people using your network and more – much of which is completely out of your control. That’s why it’s often best to use a solution that you can control if you rely on your staff receiving calls on their mobiles for your business.
Installing a signal booster can cut through all the challenges mentioned above to offer consistent signal quality, amplifying signal strength in a safe way, but only if you choose the right booster, installed by the right people.
Compliance with Ofcom’s guidelines is vital for the legal use of signal boosters and, as far as we know, the only one that meets these standards is the one make that we install – Cel-Fi.