Flippin' Cell Phones, How Do They Work?
January 24, 2014 9:08 AM Subscribe
My phone suddenly can't get reception in the city but can
get reception on the coast. How is that possible?
posted by brisquette to Technology (4 answers total)
As of a couple weeks ago, my (admittedly old) cell phone
no longer gets reception here in Portland, and just says "emergency calls only." My cell phone provider (Consumer Cellular) attempted to "boost the signal", but to no avail. On their recommendation, I also replaced the SIM card. Still doesn't work.
But! We took a trip to the coast the other weekend, and suddenly I could make calls and send text messages. What gives? I'm willing to accept that my phone is old and it's time to move on, but the fact that it works some places but not others just confuses me. Can anyone explain more about how cell phones and cell phone towers interact, and what could have changed to cause this?
If it matters, I'm on my parent's contract. They live about 15 miles away and have experienced no change in service.