Modern cell phones are able to serve as calendars, web browsers and even video or music players. Because of the role played by cell phones in daily life, it is important that they are able to quickly send and receive data. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that can be taken to improve 3G reception on any phone. While some of the ways to improve signal strength require purchasing additional hardware, others can be done free of charge or at a very low cost.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- SIM card
- 3G signal booster
- Updated cell phone software
Update the phone's software to the latest version. The new software from the cell phone provider may correct a 3G reception problem if the phone's hardware is to blame. Many cell phone carriers automatically update cell phone software periodically while others require that users perform the upgrades on their own. Visit the cell phone manufacturer's website as well as the service provider's website to check for any available updates.
Install a signal booster to improve 3G service. The signal booster can be installed in any home and will act as a miniature cell phone tower. The 3G signal strength in and around the home will be tremendously boosted leading to fewer dropped calls and other signal problems. Contact the cell phone's service provider to inquire about signal boosters, as they are only available for purchase in certain areas of the country.
Verify that the cell phone's SIM card is securely inserted into the phone and that the metal contacts on the back of it are making contact with the contacts on the cell phone. If 3G reception issues continue, request a replacement SIM card from the cell phone carrier. Many carriers offer replacement SIM cards free of charge while others only charge a small fee.
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