We all remember the Can you hear me know? commercials for Verizon Wireless. The question is, do we remember that question when looking at buying a new home? As mobile devices become more and more a part of our lives how good is the reception is an important question to answer.
One should not just assume that because they get good reception elsewhere they will in any specific home. There are so many factors that can impact ireception I feel the only way to know for sure is to personally checking at the home with your specific phone. Try making a call inside the home, try using some data to see how quickly it is received.
There are websites you can check to find out about reception, cell tower locations and more. I'm a fan of SignalMap.com. It allows you to search by address and check the reception there and also add your own signal rating at an address. If there is there good reception at the property? Sellers may want to add an entry indication about how good the reception is.
What can you do with a home that you really like but has lousy recption? There are a couple of things to try. Each major carrier has a "femtocell" offering. Basically a mini-cell tower for the house. You plug it in to your broadband internet connection and your reception should improve greatly. I personally have a Sprint Airvana, it greatly improves my reception. Each carrier has their own product, and pricing structure, so call your carrier to find out more. You can also check out the great products offered by Wilson Elctronics. They sell signal boosters you install in the home. The benefit of their products are that they are not carrier specific, and no monthly fee for use.
Before you move ask "Can you hear me now?"
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As quoted in the New York Times "A Little-Known Loan Program", and in the Hartford Courant "Moving In:Couple Combining Households Buys In Newington" and "Moving In... New Britain"