With the launch of next-generation 5G wireless networks becoming a reality, more and more cell towers are being built every day. But no matter which smartphone you prefer or which carrier you subscribe to for cell service, when it comes to good cell reception, location matters.
Your location in proximity to the surrounding cell towers, that is.
Experiencing low bars and not being able to call, text, or scroll through your Facebook account (even temporarily) can be extremely frustrating. Especially in an emergency situation. However, just knowing the closest cell tower location can often provide the quick fix you need for bad cell reception. The first step is understanding what it takes to locate a nearby cell tower.
Finding the closest cell phone tower in your neighborhood, or even on the go, doesn’t have to be a difficult task. It all starts by familiarizing yourself with some helpful, easy to use, and free resources for locating cell towers that can be found online.
Using a Cell Tower Map
When it comes to knowing the location of the closest cell tower and which direction your signal is coming from, nothing is more handy or intuitive than a cell phone tower map. With a map, orienting yourself with the surrounding cell towers is no different than identifying landmarks or planning destinations for a trip. Best of all, most web-based cell tower maps do the locating and plotting for you—conveniently integrating your cell tower search within Google Maps.
Here are a few online resources to consider for conducting your own cell phone tower search:
Gaining quick access to a comprehensive list of every cell phone tower within a three-mile radius of your location using www.antennasearch.com is as simple as entering a street address into the site’s search engine. Plotted on Google Maps, exact addresses are given for registered cell towers—along with details on the tower’s height, date of construction, and its owner.
If a cell phone tower is registered with the FCC, it can be easily found on the Towers page of www.cellreception.com. Just enter the city and state for your search and click “Go.” A great feature of the site’s search engine is its filtering capability. Only interested in the location of the nearest Verizon towers? Just check the Verizon Tower box. User-generated ratings and reviews based on the personal experience with local cell reception can provide additional insights.
The Major Carriers
As you might guess, each of the big four telecom providers offer online access to their own interactive coverage maps. Rather than showing cell phone tower locations, the Verizon coverage map informs users of the coverage type and signal quality that you can expect based on the mapped address you put in the search bar (e.g. 4G LTE Quality: Excellent).
The AT&T coverage map also features approximate wireless voice coverage for your mapped address, including third-party coverage. Sprint’s coverage map allows users to determine what level of 4G LTE and Non-LTE signal they can expect for data and voice for their location based on which cellular device they have. And T-Mobile’s interactive map allows you to compare the LTE coverage for your address against what you can expect from the other three major carriers.
Apps for Finding Cell Phone Towers
If you want a quick resource at your fingertips for locating cell phone towers, consider downloading a cell tower finder app. No matter what you’re looking for in a cell tower locator app, chances are the App Store or Google Play has one that fits your needs.
Some popular apps for finding cell phone towers are as follows:
The OpenSignal app, available for iPhone and Android, features coverage maps for all major networks based on data crowdsourced from millions of users. The app helps you see 2G, 3G, and 4G network availability (along with stats and speeds experienced on networks worldwide) to help accurately measure the everyday experience you can expect on your cellular device.
Cell Tower Locator
Cell Tower Locator allows users to get the approximate position of cell towers within a stored database. The app’s interface provides cell IDs, signal strength, and GPS location. According to the developers of Cell Tower Locator, the precision of estimated cell position is better for sites with three cells detected. If only one cell is visible it’s likely a cell serving area, not a position.
LTE Speed Coverage Map
If you’re curious about how fast your cell phone connection is where you live, work, or visit, anywhere in the U.S., check out the LTE Speed Coverage Map app. This handy tool lets you view the average download and upload speed for each of the four major wireless carriers. The app also provides the average ping (or response time in milliseconds) between your mobile device and surrounding cell towers within a radius of two miles up to 90 miles.
How to Improve Cell Signal
If you’re experiencing poor reception and dropped calls, knowing cell phone tower locations can only help so much. Before you decide to get a new phone or change providers, stop to think about the time, cost, and inconvenience of making the switch. Especially when the location of your home or office (and not your cell service provider) is likely the cause of your problem.
You can easily increase cell signal and end dropped calls by purchasing a signal booster. With a cell phone signal booster, you can see an immediate increase in bars with cellular and data signals up to 32x stronger on your mobile device. Plus, investing in a phone booster can cost far less than the expense of switching service providers, updating your phone, or changing where you live/work.
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