Almost anything that comes between your cellphone and the nearest cellular tower can cause unreliable cellular coverage. The usual suspects for weak cellular reception include:
• Distance from cell towers
• Concrete and metal building materials
• Energy efficient coated glass windows
Here are some possible solutions:
Before making a move, you’ll need to consider the costs associated with moving to a new carrier as well as verifying whether the carrier you choose will provide better coverage than you currently have, so you don’t end up going from bad to worse. One way to do this would be to ask friends that use a different carrier to check their reception in your home. You might also look at rootmetrics.com a carrier-independent online company that measures carrier performance for all locations.
Cellular carriers offer Femtocells to their customers with weak cellular reception. Femtocells are very small mobile base stations that connect to the phone network via the Internet. A downside of Femtocells is that users need to be within 15 feet of the unit to achieve improved reception. Another major drawback is that these amplifiers can be hacked allowing access to your voice calls, data and SMS text messages. To learn more about this go to: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/cellulartelecomms/femtocells/femto-cells-security.php
Wi-Fi Calling and Texting
Wi-Fi calling is an option to cellular connections, which allow users to make voice calls through a Wi-Fi Network. To explore this option you will need to have one of the newer model Smart Phones such as an iPhone 6 / 6s, or Samsung Galaxy Note 5 / S6 Edge. You will also need a consistently strong Wi-Fi Signal, which may mean standing near the router to receive and make calls. The number of users on the network can also affect call clarity.
Cell Phone Signal Boosters
This is an option that will work for any location including buildings, homes, vehicles and even watercraft with solutions for an area as small as the front seat of your car or truck up to 250,000 square feet. This solution is also available models that boost cellular signals for all carriers if you have to cover people using multiple carriers. While many of these booster kits do require some installation there are some easy to install options such as the SureCall EZ 4G or EZ Call Boosters.
Depending on your needs and location one of these solutions is bound to solve your connectivity issues.