While a lot of the stuff you do with your phone will involve wifi, the essential functions of a phone—the calling and the texting—still rely on a connection to a cell tower. If that link breaks, you can miss important messages or be out of reach to family and friends. Here’s what you can do if you struggle to get a solid cell network connection at home.
How cell signal is affected
The first step to doing something about poor cellular reception is understanding what causes it. Obviously, if the nearest cell tower is a long way from where you are—a staple plot device in no end of horror and thriller movies—then your phone will struggle to establish a link. Large mountains and skyscrapers don’t help either.