Mobile reception is something that can seem to play games with you. One minute, you have three bars and life seems rosy, but the next minute you are left with limited service and no connectivity.
Odds on, you'll have no mobile service at the exact moment you are due to connect to a teleconference.
This is a gripe that most business people can attest to at some point in their professional career. Odds on, you'll have no mobile service at the exact moment you are due to connect to a teleconference.
According to Roy Morgan, business mobile phone users make around 58 calls per week. This is on top of 36 texts, highlighting the importance of reliable mobile reception.
Despite Australia's mobile service improving over recent years, this is still a problem that occurs regularly. So, what can you legally do to improve your reception?
1) Remove the case
While this doesn't seem like a very technical approach to the situation, it might help you fix the issue. Many of the cases on the market block or limit telecommunication signals as a result of the materials they are made of.
Cases that incorporate rubber, metal or aluminium, for example, have the potential to reduce your signal's capabilities - increasing frustration levels at the same time.
Of course, this trick only works if your phone currently wears a case. If it doesn't, you might want to move to point two.
2) Changing mobile phone providers
As mentioned above, Australia's mobile network has come a long way in recent years. However, depending on your current mobile phone provider, you could be subject to limited service and regular outages.
If this is beginning to drive you up the wall, perhaps a new relationship should be sought. According to a 2014 study by technology analyst firm Telsyte, 40 per cent of Australian consumers are thinking about changing providers, while close to half have already made the leap.
Competition between providers means you could receive improved deals for data, minutes and texting as well as better reception. Remember to do your research before signing on the bottom line.
3) Adjust your hand
Historically, it was pretty obvious where the antenna was on a mobile phone, and you'd know about it if it broke off. The issue now is that with built-in smartphone antennas, without research, it is easy to block the signal with your hand.
Regardless of whether you have a Samsung, Apple or Windows phone, take the time to read the manual or find out where the antenna is located. By simply changing your hand position, one bar might just turn into three!
For more information about conducting teleconferences using a mobile phone, contact the expert team at Eureka Conferencing today.