How to get cellphone signal during Load Shedding

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During load shedding, it is very common for cellphones in South Africa to get degraded or no cellphone signal on Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom and MTN. Cellphone towers remain fully functional as long as the batteries last or the backup generator keeps running. Consistent call dropping, slow internet, constant buffering and slow loading screens and stuck messages irritate all the cell phone users to the core.

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Once power is fully depleted, the tower stops working entirely and, depending on the configuration of nearby towers, may cause a coverage area to blackout entirely or for customers to experience intermittent service.

How to get a better cellphone signal during Load Shedding

There are quite a few things you can do to lessen the load shedding blow, which include:

  • Check your load shedding schedules and plan accordingly.
  • Make sure your device is fully charged.smartphone, tablet, laptop and the like – are always fully charged. If your cell signal is poor, your mobile has to work harder to keep you connected. At the same time, if your battery is low, it can affect your ability to get and maintain a stable connection.
  • Get a booster. An amplifier can pick up and strengthen the poor signal so that your phone doesn’t have to exhaust its battery in constant searching. You can use a cell phone signal booster to make weak signals usable. In fact, even your data connectivity will be much better.
  • Get a backup network. Try to find the best network that will work in your area when there is load shedding weather its MTN, Vodacom, Cell C or Telkom.
  • Find a location inside your house where the signal is strongest and use it for most calls – leave the phone there on a table perhaps? At my house, reception upstairs is completely usable, but my family room has problems (so I use possibility number 4 below).

Cellphone signals depend upon antennas and base stations to connect calls from one tower to another and to other cellular and landline providers. so whenever there is a power outage the strength of signal fluctuates or signal drop occurs for a particular time depending on the condition and stability of that station.