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Provided by our friend Jeff Morin:

Finding a great apartment in a competitive rental market can be challenging to say the least.  The number of potential places is limited and you’re constantly competing with other renters to view apartments and submit your application first. The last thing you need is to limit yourself even more by ruling out locations that have poor cell phone coverage.

Many renters are unaware that there are options available to increase the cell phone reception in your apartment, without having to switch to a completely different carrier and pay hefty fees. With a better understanding of why cell phone reception problems exist and what the available solutions are, you’ll be able to choose from all of your apartment options, not just the ones with good cell coverage.

Causes of Poor Cell Phone Signal

Dropping calls and missing text messages can be the worst.  Everyone has that one special spot of their apartment where they can always get a signal, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Apartment buildings are notorious for having poor cell phone reception, much of which stems from the building materials used in their construction.  Materials like wire mesh, electrical cabling, sheet metal, plumbing and others all cause varying degrees of interference with a cell phone signal.  When compounded together, these factors can result in an extremely frustrating cell phone experience for the renter.


Don’t panic!  The good news is that there are a couple of different options for solving this problem, depending on your situation.  Let’s explore each in more depth:

-Cell Phone Signal Booster

The first option is a cell phone signal booster, which is designed to bypass many of the causes of bad cell phone reception and provide you with amplified signal in your apartment.  It works by taking an existing cell phone signal from a good location, such as outside your apartment, amplifying it and rebroadcasting it inside. Once in place, cell phone signal boosters are carrier independent, so they can boost the signal of multiple cell phone carriers to multiple different users as the same time, without restrictions.  So even if your friends are on different carriers, you all will be able to text away without searching for separate signals.


The second option to consider is a microcell, which is a device that connects to your broadband Internet and creates a local cell signal inside of your apartment. The major requirement of this option is that you must have a consistent, quality broadband Internet connection; otherwise you might experience latency while talking on your phone.  Additionally, each mobile device must belong to the same cellular provider and be authorized before using the microcell. Finally, microcells are sold by your wireless company and are restricted via GPS tracking to the location in which you register it.  This option clearly has more variables that go along with it, however, if you have no signal at all for a cell phone signal booster to use, then this option is your next best solution.  Even though it will only work for your carrier, it’s still better than no signal at all while you are in your home.


Cell phones are the way we stay connected with friends and family.  We use them as cameras to capture parties, precious moments, and everyday life to share with the ones we love.  With this in mind, having a strong signal in your house should be important and these options present a way to give your phone the reception it needs.  Each option is ideally suited for different situations.  A cell phone signal booster is a better option if you have a stable signal in an accessible location, and a microcell is better if you do not have an inconsistent signal or lack of signal altogether.  If a signal booster sounds like the right option for you, then check out the different cell phone signal booster options available for your situation.  Otherwise, if a microcell makes more sense for you, then contact your wireless provider directly for more information.

So next time you’re looking for a new apartment be assured that while the lack of closets, windows, or space can be a deal breaker, poor cell phone reception in the apartment doesn’t have to be.

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Hey, everybody! My name is Jason, and I contribute to this great blog, but when I'm not posting for ForRent.com, I like to play music with friends, cook, and travel as much as possible.



  1. This may be the most useful information I’ve gotten in a long time. I was about to start pulling my hair out in frustration.
  2. So helpful to suggest $200+ options to people who are RENTING cheap housing
  3. I have Net10 and just rented a lower level apartment. I cannot have a solid conversation on my phone; I can receive text messages, but have to stand with my phone to the window to send them. Even then, I sometimes have to resend. Thank you, Jason for hints about this kind of problem.
  4. Nickolas Molpus says:
    Wonderful information posted! Terrifically cool ideas. Awesome job!
  5. Helpful info….what about if I live in a house with satellite internet (not broadband)….and no cell phone coverage…..will a cell phone booster still help?

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