Although much of what you can do with your phone when at home has to do with your personal wifi connection, the vital and basic tools of your phone, such as texting and calling, are still tied into the nearest cell phone tower connection. If that link is somehow severed or weakened your incoming calls can be compromised and you may not be able to call or text out to everyone you need to. This can be a real hassle when you want to stay home and not have to go out. Here are some tips to keep a solid network connection at home for your cell phone:

If cell towers are far away from your residence, or if you live among mountains or in a city with many skyscrapers, your phone service may be compromised no matter what. The only solution is to switch carriers, but before you do that ask friends and family with different carriers who live in the same place as you how their service is — if it’s better than yours, switch; if not, don’t bother.

Avoid thick cement walls when calling at home. Also avoid double glass windows and heavy foliage when possible. Electronic equipment jammed in one room can interfere with your phone signal, so make sure you can make and take calls in another room. 

Probably the best way to boost your signal is to install a signal booster like the Home Mobile Phone Booster Nikrans LCD-300GD. They are easy to buy online at a reasonable price. They do require an antenna on the roof, so there is some physical labor required, but once installed they can give you excellent coverage even if your home is located in a real dead zone.

Some carriers will provide you with a free booster that works directly with your wifi, if you can convince them your coverage is really nonexistent.