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Stanley in Oakland, Mississippi asked: My data on my cell phone is just disgusting. It’s so slow I can’t even update my computer. I have a few other options in this area but I’m not crazy about them. Is there any way to boost the data coming into my phone? It just comes straight to my phone, I don’t have any other equipment hooked up to it.
Stanley, in terms of speed there can be two culprits: the signal strength and your service provider.
Do you have full bars when you attempt this download? If you dont, a booster like the ones provided by companies like WeBoost and SureCall can improve your signal by giving a much larger antenna to pick up the signal that you can mount outside or inside your home wherever you get the best coverage.
The rest of the system is made up of a repeater that looks kind of like a WiFi router that will put out the boosted cell signal.
If your bars are already full, then you may be getting throttled by your phone company.
There are usually two cases for throttling: if youre a heavy user (which you may be if youre downloading operating system updates through your phone, OS updates are not small), and if youre using a cheaper plan through companies that specialize in leasing bandwidth from bigger more expensive service providers with lower network priority than what those big companies offer their direct clients.
In either case the solution is the same: youll need to switch plans to something that offers more full speed tethered data, or just better speeds in general.
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