Six Tips for Maintaining Cell Service in Remote Areas

Rural areas are notorious for their spotty cell coverage, as towers may be few and far between. In today’s society, where our smartphones have become indispensable tools for handling basic tasks and staying in touch with friends and loved ones, finding ways to stay connected is important.

Maintaining Cell Service

Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to boost your cell phone signal when you’re visiting areas where service may be unreliable. The next time you take a trip to the country, try these methods to ensure you stay connected with the folks back home:

  • Signal boosters are devices that can improve coverage in rural areas. For smartphone users who can get a signal only in a few spots in the area they are visiting, this device can help. Signal boosters capture a wireless signal, and then broadcast it over a wider area. For example, if you’re visiting a home in a rural area and can pick up a signal on the front porch but not inside, placing a booster on the porch will likely improve coverage throughout the rest of the home.
  • A personal cell tower will help you obtain a signal. These devices are a little pricey, but will help visitors to rural areas ensure they can get service. Personal towers work by boosting a signal via an Internet connection. The tower will connect directly to a router and work best if placed near a window.
  • Avoiding electronic devices that may interfere with your cell phone signal can also help smartphone users access service in rural areas. Microwaves, baby monitors, and Wi-Fi routers and related devices can generate signals that may interfere with cellular service. If you’re having difficulty getting a signal, moving 10 to 15 feet away from these devices may help.
  • Shopping around for the best local service provider will also help you maintain a good connection in rural areas. Some providers have better coverage than others in certain areas, so if you’re moving to a rural area or plan on an extended visit, it may be worth asking your neighbors which provider they use.
  • Certain areas of buildings may be less conducive to a good signal than others. Basements and stairwells are typically bad for cell signals, while areas near windows or upstairs rooms are better situated for cell service.
  • If you’re visiting a rural area in a foreign country, you’ll need to do more than just find a reliable signal to stay connected with the outside world. Most foreign countries use electrical outlets with different physical configurations and voltage than U.S. outlets, meaning your device cannot charge with its normal charger. To safely charge your smartphone, you’ll need to purchase a step down converter that will convert the 220 volt current commonly used overseas to the 110 volt current used by American electronics.

Cell Service in Remote Areas

110220Volts carries voltage converters, voltage transformers, and other electronic devices. For travelers visiting foreign countries, these devices can help ensure they’re able to safely charge their smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices.

Converters Make Charging Your Devices Overseas Easy

Being able to connect using our mobile devices and laptops is important, even when we’re traveling overseas. The differing physical configurations and voltage requirements of electrical outlets in different countries can be a little worrisome to travelers, but there’s a quick and easy fix. 220 to 110 converters are easy to use and carry, and ensure that your electronics work safely overseas.

220 to 110 converters

Many first-time overseas travelers are surprised to learn that electrical outlets are not standard throughout the world. The physical configurations of electrical outlets can vary, meaning that the plug for an American device simply won’t fit into electrical outlets in some countries. That’s not the only difference, however. Electrical outlets may vary in voltage from country to country.

Here in the U.S., most of South and Latin America, and Japan, electrical outlets and devices are designed to work at 110 to 120 volts. In most of the rest of the world, however, the standard voltage is 220 volts. Using electronics designed in the U.S. with European or other electrical outlets with higher voltages will fry the electronics and may even result in a fire.

Adapters can help American electronics interact with foreign outlets that have different physical configurations. Step down voltage converters will ensure higher voltages don’t destroy U.S. electronics when they’re used overseas.

With the help of adapters and converters, travelers can:

  • Stay connected. We’re all incredibly dependent on our electronic devices to communicate with our friends, loved ones, and business associates. Taking an overseas holiday or business trip shouldn’t cut you out of the loop. With adapters and converters, you can keep your devices charged so you can stay connected.
  • Avoid having to rent or borrow electronic gear in the countries they are visiting. Adapters and converters allow you to bring your electronics from home, and use them safely and avoid often exorbitant costs of renting a phone or computer overseas.
  • Take charging equipment anywhere. Adapters and converters are small enough to fit in most book bags, purses, or satchels. Their small size makes them easy to take on flights or on public transportation wherever you may visit.
  • Plug-in just about anywhere. Converters and adapters make charging easy. Just plug the adapter or converter into an outlet at a restaurant, shop, or wherever you may be, and then plug in your device. It’s just that easy.

Step down voltage converters

When preparing to travel overseas, take the time to find out what type of electrical outlets the country you’re visiting uses, and also determine the voltage used. Then shop for the adapter and/or converter that you need. You can also buy 220 to 110 transformers, which are more durable devices intended for extended charging use. With the right gear, you’ll be able to enjoy your electronics abroad without having to worry about damaging them.

110220Volts sells adapters, converters and transformers that help travelers stay connected by keeping their devices charged while overseas. 110220Volts offers a wide selection of electronics, including region-free DVD players, and much more. For help or a consultation, call 1-800-827-9978.


Overseas Step Down Voltage Converter Transformer
Code: 100-WATT
Mfg. Part number: THG-100
Power Converter

  • Changes 220/240 Volt (Foreign Electricity) to 110/120 Volt (U.S. Electricity)
  • Fuse Protection with replaceable fuse (Comes with two extra fuses!!!)
  • Input jack for American Grounded Plug
  • Durable steel chassis
  • Ac Shock Proof sockets
  • European Standard cord built in
  • Durable industrial type cord
  • Many Plug Aapters Available
  • Designed for continuous use
  • Dimensions 5 x 5 x 3 inches