Updating cell tower information
From time to time, your cellular network provider or Apple may issue a carrier settings update to an i Phone or cellular i Pad device.The updates are usually very small and make adjustments or improvements to carrier specific settings pertaining to the cell network, data, personal hotspot, voicemail, text messaging, or making calls.While you may see a carrier update pop up randomly on your i Phone, or a request to install one during a general i OS update, you can also manually check for these carrier updates on your own at any time.
This works the same on any cellular equipped i OS device, whether an i Phone or i Pad: The update screen looks something like this: Installing the carrier update will make your cellular service cycle off for a moment and then back on, so you won’t want to try to install the update while you’re transferring data or in an important conversation, whether though a call, SMS, i Message, or voice texting.
Though these are usually pushed and installed onto your i Phone when you update i OS, if you haven’t seen a carrier update in quite some time, it can be a good idea to check every once in a while to see if one is available.
Sometimes they can even add new features to your i Phone, for example, a recent carrier settings update available to many i Phones on US cell providers offered the ability to change the data connection from LTE, 3G, or Edge, a feature that was made possible with an i OS update, but had to be specifically allowed by the carrier as well.
It’s easy to find nearby cell towers plotted on a Google Maps display.
First, navigate to one of the cell tower finder sites we’ve listed below. Finally, click the “Go’ button to find nearby cell towers.
In this post: Find your tower to improve cell phone reception Websites to help find cell towers VIDEO – How to Find the Nearest Cell Tower I’ve discussed before some of the things you can do immediately to improve poor cell phone reception.If you want to, you can read that post here Improve Your Cell Reception Without Spending a Dime – Our 10 Best Tips As I noted then, one of the simplest and most helpful things you can do to improve cell reception is to find the location of your cell tower.When you know where the cell tower is located, you know which direction your signal is coming from.Once you know that, you can more effectively implement the suggestions from that earlier post.Knowing the origin of your cell signal can help you understand why you have poor reception, and how you may be able to improve it.Of course when I say ‘your’ cell tower I mean your carrier’s tower – the one providing the signal your cell phone uses so that you have service.Normally that will be your carrier’s tower closest to your location. Fortunately there are some very good – and free – resources to help with that.The selection of tools below can help you find all major carrier cell towers including Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and many more. You can enter your location by street address and the search engine will return a list of all towers within a 3 mile radius. For those towers that were registered with a street address, it will display the address.If no street address was entered at the time the tower was registered, you’ll have to make do with GPS coordinates.You also can see additional data like the tower’s owner, height and date of construction.The only drawback is that this is a comprehensive database.