Updating cell phone reception

Remember Antennagate, when issues with users upgrading from i Phone 3 to i Phone 4 caused users to complain to Apple in their droves, forcing a response from the company?

Depending on the model, how you hold your smartphone is paramount to getting a good signal.

This can be done by rebooting your phone completely, or by switching on airplane mode (if your phone has one) for a second and then turning it back off. if you have a weak signal in your house or car, try installing a wireless signal repeater.

These things can be placed basically anywhere there’s a power outlet, and will catch incoming signals and then rebroadcast them — effectively strengthening your reception. Cell phone boosters can juice up your phone’s signal output to three watts in some cases, which is much stronger than the standard 1/3 of a watt that most phones are capable of.

It isn’t only cases that cause such problems, either.

Manufacturers and carriers also use them to add new cell phone features or capabilities.

For example, Apple recently enabled the i Phone to download i Tunes songs over the cell network, so customers can now get their music fix anytime, not just when they're in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot.

I’ve never quite been able to work out whether the problem is structural or environmental – it certainly isn’t down to my mobile network as in the case of my mother-in-law’s house, no one who sets foot through the door can use the phone.

It’s this that baffles me – how can mobile phone networks claim such high coverage when the majority of people can easily recall occasions when making a connection has been a trial?