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5 Ways to Improve Your Cell Phone Connection

5 Ways to Improve Your Cell Phone Connection

After shelling out hundreds of dollars for the latest and greatest cell phone, there’s nothing more frustrating than not having an adequate signal to use all the features of the phone. What good are photos and videos if you can’t share them? An app is worthless if your phone cannot find and maintain a strong signal with the tower.

Common signs of poor signal strength include, poor call quality, dropped calls, spotty service, failed emails or text messages, and slow internet service. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to enhance the quality of your cell phone connection. Read on!

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1. Use a Wi-Fi signal instead.

You can potentially get even more use out of your Wi-Fi signal. UMA or Unlicensed Mobile Access allows supported phones to make calls via the internet. All the major carriers support UMA to varying degrees with a suitable cell phone. Use every advantage you can get to enhance your cell phone signal.

2. Keep your phone charged.

When your battery is nearly drained, it’s more challenging for your phone to make a connection and to maintain it. Take every opportunity to plug in your cell phone and recharge the battery. A portable battery charger can be a great investment. Avoid using your battery more than necessary.

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  • Turn off Bluetooth if you’re not using it.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures.
  • Avoid keeping the screen brighter than necessary.
  • Turn off any push notifications.
  • Close apps that work in the background.

3. Avoid blocking your cell phone’s antenna.

Those that remember the old days of cell phones will remember the presence of external antennas. At one time, the antenna was attached to your automobile’s rear windshield. Then the antenna was sticking out of the phone itself. Modern phones still have antenna, only now they’re inside the phone.

It’s possible for your hand to interfere with the antenna on your cell phone if you’re holding it just the right way. Your phone has the best reception when it’s in a vertical position. Using your phone in a landscape position tends to be worse.

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4. Find the closest cell phone tower.

It only makes sense that the closer your phone is to the tower, the better the reception will be. In some areas cell towers could be far apart, which is why an entire cell tower leasing industry exists. Fortunately, it isn’t necessary to drive around looking for cell phone towers. There are websites and apps that will tell you exactly where your cell phone towers are located.

Cellreception.com can show you the actual location of the cell towers for each of the four primary carriers – Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. Just enter your zip code or city. Opensignal.com displays the signal strength for each of the four carriers on a map of your area. Opensignal is also available as an app for iPhone and Android. Two other popular apps for determining signal strength are Akvelon’s Signal Finder and RootMetrics’ Cell Phone Coverage Map. Both are available for iPhone and Android.

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5. Avoid the crowds.

When too many people get together in a single location, the load on the cell phone tower can be too much for your phone to make a reliable connection. Any crowded public event can be a problem; for example, sports events, festivals, amusement parks, and concerts. Add the fact that many of those people are taking pictures and recording videos that they want to share with the world, and it doesn’t take long to create a problem. A quick trip away from the crowds can make a big difference in your cell reception. You already have the tools to find the nearest cell phone tower. It might be closer than you think!

Those tips may be a great help to improve your cell phone connection. Ensure that you’re getting the quality of service that you expect. Reliable 3G and 4G LTE signals are necessary to stay connected in today’s world. A few simple tips can make all the difference. Don’t allow your expensive cell phone to be little more than a fancy calculator.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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