Non-Repair Phone Issues: Dead Zones, Weather and Towers

Jan 5, 2021

In parts one and two of this multi-part blog series, we’ve gone over all the issues that your phone may experience that don’t typically signal a need for phone repair. While some of these concerns may mimic repair needs or look similar to them, they’re actually caused by a combination of environmental effects, owner bad habits and other temporary issues that will usually dissipate with the right action taken. At FixIT Mobile, we’re happy to help in this area, determining whether the issues your phone is experiencing are the sort that require our detailed phone repair services – or whether some other temporary culprit is at play. We never want our clients to spend unnecessary money, and we’ll never be the ones asking that they do so. Here are a few of the other factors that may impact your phone’s signal or other technical areas, plus what you can do about them.

Rural Areas and Dead Zones

One of the most well-known issues when it comes to phone service is the fact that in certain rural, non-developed areas, there’s a chance signal will simply be weak. The reason for this is straightforward: In these areas, cell phone carriers have not yet had the time or financial motivation to provide coverage.

Most phone owners are able to recognize when performance issues are due to poor signal rather than actual phone damage, though this may be new to those who have lived in a populated city their entire life and don’t often go to rural areas. If you’re unfamiliar with this issue, it will lead to dropped calls, texts that don’t go through and even certain screen or app issues in many cases.

Weather Issues

Another relatively well-understood concern with phone service is adverse weather, though phone technology has improved significantly here in recent years. The most common type of weather event that can still interfere with cell service or other phone operations is a lightning storm, which includes heavy cloud cover and also risks light-related events. In addition, older phones that are susceptible to water damage will be at-risk during major rain or snow storms, so they should be protected in these circumstances.

Tower Placement

Finally, in some rare cases, cell phone service will be limited based on cell tower placement. This issue used to be much more severe and has mostly been eliminated in the last few years, but it does still exist. If you can find no other explanation for a weakening signal in a given area, and your phone has not been specifically damaged recently, this may be the cause – give things a bit of time until you come back into the range of another tower.

For more on the issues your phone may face that don’t signal repair needs, or to learn about any of our tablet repair, laptop repair or other device repair services, speak to the staff at FixIT Mobile today.