The strength of your cell phone coverage is contingent upon the amount of cell phone towers in your area. Lost calls and unstable call connections are a result of the lack of coverage. When searching for a new cell phone company, verify that there are enough towers where you reside. Thankfully, there are a number of sites available online that allow you to check the location of towers in your area.
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Visit AntennaSearch. This site is simple and straightforward to use. You punch your address in, "Select" the correct one that comes up and then "Process" your submission. You get a report showing the amount of towers, as well as the newest activity between them. You can move further into each category by processing another report, which pulls up a map showing the actual locations for each one. The site also tell you which companies own each tower and locations of future tower sites.
Visit MapMuse. MapMuse allows you to either click a map to locate cell towers based on a location or punch in your address for a pinpointed view. This site is simple to use as well, but may not have every single tower listed. The towers reflected on this site are those that are registered with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If the tower is not near an airport, or does not reach 200ft, there is no need to register the tower. But, there are still over 21,000 listed, so there is a reasonable possibility that you will find out what you need to know. Once you type in your address, you are given an alphabetical listing of all the towers in your area, as well as the owners of the tower.
Visit CellReception. This site uses those found to be registered with the FCC and combines them with Google Maps to give you an exact location viewable on a map. Fill in your address and zip code and the information is pulled up on a map. You can view the address and owner information for each tower by clicking each individual tower. You can also filter the towers based on cell phone carriers, as well as read reviews on past customers for that carrier. Due to the fact that all towers need not be registered with the FCC, you may not find all the towers within your area.
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- You can also call the providers you are interested in and ask where their towers are located around your residence.
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