Finding out where your mobile phone will work is important, especially if you haven't bought it yet. Getting a good idea of which providers will work in which location is vitally important to choosing cell service. Most network providers supply a coverage map to potential customers, but these can be notoriously optimistic, and often won't show accurate displays of regular cell reception and data access. Finding the towers themselves with an online database can make the difference in your provider selection.
Things You'll Need
- Windows or Mac computer
- Internet connection
Turn on your computer and log in. Start your Internet browser and navigate to the Cell Reception website. (See Resources.)
Enter your city and state in the "Find Cell Tower Locations" section and click "Go," or select your city from the list below it.
Use your mouse and the map controls to center the map on your location. The markers on the map indicate the location of cell towers; you can see details of each tower (like provider or owner) by clicking on them.
Click on the provider filters to isolate towers from one or more providers at a time. Typically, the closer and more numerous a single provider's towers are to your location, the better your cell phone reception will be.
Antenna Search instructions
Turn on your computer and log in. Start your internet browser and navigate to the Antenna Search website. (See Resources.)
Enter your street address into the field for address, city, state and ZIP. (You can generalize if you're concerned about divulging your exact address. ) Select an address and click "Process." Wait for the process to finish, then click "View Towers."
Use your mouse and the map controls to center the map on your location. The markers on the map indicate the location of cell towers. The circle indicates general locations around the address; locations within the circle will receive satisfactory service, while locations outside the circle may not. Typically, the closer and more numerous a single provider's towers are to your location, the better your cell phone reception will be.
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