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The Best Cell Phone Provider for Rural Worksites

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The truth about cell phone service

Despite remarkable advances in digital mobile technology, from voice recognition to enhanced reality glasses, huge swaths of the country still lack a decent, reliable cellular signal. Whether it’s dropped calls, missed texts, or voicemails that don’t show up until the next day, most rural customers have complaints about their phone service that are considerably more basic than the city dweller’s slow internet connection.

The country dweller’s lament

While many everyday customers complain that their service is so bad you’d think the walls of their house were made of lead, or that they were living in some sort of black hole for cellular signals, the situation can be even worse for farmers, craftsmen, and other people who do a large portion of their work from rural sheds, barns, or outhouses. For folks with rural worksites it can be especially hard to take advantages of the everyday conveniences that technology supposedly provides, and it can be difficult or disconcerting for potential customers and clients who are accustomed to one-click access to goods and services and constant contact to the people who provide them.
Since no one should lose sleep or business over something as simple as a cell phone, here are a few simple tips to help determine which service provider will work best for your rural operations.

Know the causes of bad reception

As easy as it can be to fantasize about a corporate conspiracy aimed at intentionally wasting away your in-plan minutes each time a call is dropped, the truth about bad rural cellular service is considerably more mundane. The truth is basic economics: supply and demand.
In rural areas, where there are admittedly less people, the towers are built further apart. Thus, depending on the location of your home, office, or where you are in your car, the likelihood of dropping a call is increased in rural locations simply because you might be too far from a tower. Trees, mountains, canyons, and other naturally occurring phenomenon can also impede the likelihood that a signal will be able to reach a distantly located tower.

Know which type of phone you’re using

Just because we call them all “cellular phones” it doesn’t mean they are all actually cellular. In reality almost all phones (with one or two exceptions) are either PCS, running at a frequency of 1900 MHz, or a combination of PCS and Cellular, which operates at a frequency of 800 MHz. The combination phones work better in rural areas because the signal on a PCS phone only extends as far as the eye can see, which generally isn’t far enough. Phones to avoid: T-Mobile phones might be great in the city, but because they use strictly PCS frequencies, they’re the pits out in the country. When shopping for a new service, make sure you establish at what frequency your new phone will operate.

If all else fails, ask around

The thing to remember is this: the more people use a particular phone service in your community, the better the reception will be in your little corner of that community. This means that asking around, taking a poll, even proposing local efforts to have a tower built for the community’s preferred phone company, are all helpful steps you can take to make sure that your workspace has cellular service that rivals that of any city rat.

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  • Jane

    The 4G Antenna Shop is a reseller for T-mobile and has great services to provide stronger connection from towers in rural areas.
    Check them out 4gas.online

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