How to Improve Cell Signal in a Portable Office

Nicholas Jones | January 25, 2019

The past two decades have seen record growth in cellular phone networks across the US, especially with the onset of the smartphone revolution.

Beginning with the Blackberry in 2003, then reaching a fevered pitch with the release of Apple’s first iPhone just four years later, cell phone users suddenly enjoyed a much richer mobile experience. Email, text messaging, music and video streaming, mobile apps, and social media consumption became the norm.

This enhanced mobile experience would give rise to another revolution: the portable office.

The Rise of the Portable Office

More than ever before, smartphones make it possible to work wherever you can receive a cell signal. Today’s mobile devices are even used as hotspots to connect traditional laptops to the internet via cellular signal. However, industries which most often require a portable office solution are in remote or under-developed locations, which are lacking in reliable cell signal.

Some examples include: Oil and gas exploration in the badlands of North Dakota or off the coast of Louisiana. Remote mining operations in the Intermountain West. Timber harvesting and lumber operations in the Pacific Northwest. Temporary real estate sales offices and construction-site trailers for use by contractors and subcontractors on the job in far-off locales throughout rural America

These industries and more depend on a reliable cell signal not only to complete necessary work, but to survive day by day. Before we address the best ways to increase cell signal in a portable office, let’s take a moment to explore the reasons why portable offices get weak cell signals in the first place.

What Weakens Cell Signal in a Portable Office

Weak cell signal is a surprisingly common problem; one that will affect each of the nation’s projected 273.8 million mobile phone users at some point in 2019. Typically, there are two main reasons that mobile phone users experience bad cellular signal and low bars:

  • Destructive interference or construction materials such as metal and concrete
  • Geographical distance and obstacles between users and the nearest cell towers

In the case of portable or modular buildings and offices, these factors are often intensified. Besides their distance from local cell towers, portable offices often rely on the use of anodized aluminum and commercial -grade steel in their construction—all in the quest for added durability when moved. Wire mesh and foam-injected wall insulation also blocks external static electricity field, which can block cell phone signals from getting inside your portable office. Leaving you disconnected from the outside world.

Better Cell Signal, Increased Productivity

According to a recent Mobile Productivity Report, 43% of respondents see the use of a mobile device as “very critical for work,” with 44% of respondents who state that they “check or use their mobile device for work more than 20 times per day.” In a portable office environment, the ability to leverage mobile technology and have access to a reliable cell signal is even more critical.

If you or your staff are routinely experiencing poor reception and dropped calls, a portable office cell booster is a cost-effective solution. With a weBoost cell phone signal booster, you can see an immediate increase in bars with cell and data signals up to 32x stronger on your mobile device. Plus, investing in a phone booster for your portable office is far less expensive than an active Distributed Antenna System (DAS) solution; which is carrier-specific and requires a fiber-optic cable network, remote nodes, and a base station to generate signal strength.

If you’re tired of poor reception and want to put a stop to dropped calls at your portable office or remote job-site, check out our full line of weBoost cell signal boosters.