Living in a remote, rural area also means having limited cell phone signal. And dropping calls, unable to use the internet, and at best, having spotty service isn’t quite the ultimate convenience you’re hoping for.
And let’s not forget about emergencies, too. Being able to connect becomes the only thing that matters then.
But there are some solutions
1. Wifi Calling
If your cabin has landline internet connection (like AT&T Uverse or Time Warner Cable), your phone may be able to use a feature called Wi-Fi calling. Meaning it uses your broadband landline to make calls instead of using cellular 3G & 4G LTE signals.
The following are the major carriers:
T-Mobile (supports any Wi-fi capable phones)
Verizon (supports select Samsung, Apple, LG, and HTC models)
AT&T (supports mostly Samsung Galaxy & Apple iPhone models)
Sprint (supports most Android & Apple phones)
If you don’t have landline internet, then this can’t be an option.
2. Your Carrier Builds a New Tower Near You
Carriers are always building new cell towers; however, most are built where the customers are active.
In other words, if there are thousands of signal hungry citizens (i.e. money), AT&T will construct a tower. Most likely not, until Sprint or Verizon can justify the cost.
3. Cell Phone Signal Booster
Cell phone boosters (a.k.a cell phone repeaters) are all-carrier approved devices that boost weak 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE cellular signals.
If you have any type of weak outside signal, a cell phone signal booster potentially can deliver more bars, more coverage, better talk & text, and faster internet & data.
This is how a cell phone booster works in 3 easy steps:
1. The Outside Antenna pulls in weak signal surrounding your property.
2. The Amplifier boosts the signal multiple times, up to 32X.
3. The Inside Antenna rebroadcasts the enhanced signal inside your cabin.
The following are the key functions of a booster:
30-day better signal or money back guarantee
Disadvantages of a Booster:
NOTE: Cell phone signals are basically radio waves (the AM/FM kind). They operate within a certain standard: -50 dB to -120 dB. dB stands for decibels.
-50 dB is basically full bars. -120 dB is a dead zone.
If your outside signal ranges from: