As much as we hate to admit it, most of us heavily rely on our mobile devices. Even when we’re out in the wilderness, more often than not, we still use a mobile phone for at least a couple of minutes multiple times a day. But when you’re far out exploring remote areas, you might get a bad signal which could make using your phone impossible. The solution? A mobile antenna.
A mobile phone antenna can take an existing weak signal, boost it and provide you with a decent cell signal, regardless of how far out of civilization you are. The two main causes for bad signals are: large distance from a cell tower, and obstacles in the way between the cell tower and you. Mobile phone aerials feature a system that strengthens the signal, no matter how weak it is. There are two basic types of mobile phone aerials: vehicle and building.
We’re going to discuss vehicle mobile phone aerials, because they’re the type that you need when you’re away from home. These antennas are usable on cars, trucks, boats and RVs, and they’re specially designed to handle constantly changing signal environments. These antennas are typically relatively small, and they’re connected to a signal amplifier which is also connected to another antenna inside the vehicle that broadcasts the improved signal.
These aerials have automatic gain control, which is a feature that allows them to constantly adjust the strength and boosting power of the amplifier depending on the changing cell signal and the amount of coverage. That being said, it’s important to understand that the strength of the outside signal will play a huge role in how much coverage you’ll be receiving from the aerial.
If the outside signal is weak, you’ll receive less coverage from the aerial, as it won’t have much signal to actually boost. Conversely, if the signal is strong, the size of the coverage will also increase. However, if the signal is consistently weak, you might want to consider getting a more powerful aerial, or getting an extra aerial system.
The last thing to consider is whether you want the aerial to provide 2G, 3G or 4G LTE signals. The truth is, 4G LTE is the latest generation of cellular technology and it provides quicker data rates as well as voice calls. Every mobile device in the last few years supports 4G LTE and prioritizes it over 3G and 2G for data and calls. That being said, an aerial that amplifies 4G LTE is the recommended solution as it is future-proof and extremely capable.