You are your cell phone.
Whether it's a Facebook post or tweet, furious session of Candy Crush, fast Yelp review, quick Wikipedia read, time-wasting YouTube video, Amazon shopping, an important business call, an urgent text message, email, etc. Our daily lives ARE our digital lives.
And our digital lives depend on two things: our cell phone (the vehicle) and cell phone signal (the gas).
Because even with the most expensive smartphone, without wifi or cell signals, what you've got is a very expensive calculator that can take photos.
So before you go off blaming your carrier, we're going to look at the best practices to get better cell phone signal.
Cell phone signals are simply radio waves (the AM/FM kind). Although they're great at traveling long distances, they can be easily disrupted.
Have you ever noticed how people run outside or towards the window when talking on the phone? That's because they're trying to reduce interference between the cell phone and cell tower.
So easy tips like moving outside, getting near a window (away from thick interior insulation), getting higher up to avoid barriers such as hills, mountains, metal structures, and tall buildings, and reducing clutter such as trimming tall trees and brushes and tidying up your room should help improve reception.
Also know that weather can also affect reception, too! But the rule of thumb is simple: less things between your cell phone and cell tower, the better the signal.
Try moving to different rooms around the house while using your phone. It could make a big difference.