How to Find Your Nearest Cell Tower Location
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There’s no doubt we live in a more connected world than ever. Still, there are areas of poor cell reception that plague individuals, buildings and businesses alike. If you struggle with poor cell signal in your home or business environment, you may wonder where your signal is coming from. With over 300,000 cell towers in the U.S., there is likely a cell tower near you that supports your signal.
Finding the nearest cell tower location is a simple and effective way to help you improve cell reception. You can find out which direction the signal is coming from, and with that information, take the necessary steps to boost the cell signal to the location where you need it.
Does your carrier serve your area?
If you’re experiencing poor cell signal, it’s a good idea to confirm that your area is covered by one of the four major carriers and their networks. While you may have a nationwide cellular carrier, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that service is available everywhere in the nation. Unfortunately, there are many isolated pockets across the U.S. that aren’t served by some carriers.
You can learn how to find the nearest cell tower for your specific carrier. There are free and easy-to-use resources to help you find all major carrier cell towers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
Verizon Cell Tower Locations
If Verizon is your carrier, you can review the Verizon cell tower locater that covers an area of more than 2.5 million square miles. Although it isn’t a Verizon cell tower map, it shows the 4G LTE coverage area, as well as spots that are outside of that area. You can also explore Verizon’s list of cities with 5G coverage.
AT&T Cell Tower Locations
If you are an AT&T customer, you can use the AT&T map to find out about coverage in your area. While this isn’t an AT&T cell tower map, it does show 4G LTE areas (blue), other AT&T coverage (green), off-net areas that may be limited to 2G (orange), as well as areas where there is no AT&T coverage (white).
T-Mobile Cell Tower Locations
With the T-Mobile tower map, you can enter your zip code or pinpoint a spot on the map and find out whether 4G LTE coverage is available. Areas with coverage are designated in pink, and areas with no coverage are white. You can also check out T-Mobile’s growing 5G coverage map.
Sprint Cell Tower Locations
The Sprint cell towers map shows where 4G LTE, extended areas, and non-LTE service is available. After finding your location on the map, you must choose a device to learn about network coverage and performance. You can also compare data speeds based on coverage.
Ways to Find Cell Towers Near You
Other resources are also available to help you locate cell phone towers either on your own or with the help of a professional.
Find the Cell Tower Yourself
- CellMapper provides up-to-date information to find 4G towers near you and shows cell site locations for all major carriers. CellMapper also offers a free Android app that pinpoints your location and the locations of nearby towers. The app displays your carrier and type of signal you’re receiving (3G or LTE, CDMA, for example) as well as Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) reading in decibels (dBm).
- Using your street address, AntennaSearch provides a map of all towers within a two-mile radius via Google Maps. It also serves as a cell reception website, so you can find out if your carrier has good or poor coverage in your area. You can find out if there are new cell towers or applications pending to construct new cell towers.
- After entering your city and state, CellReception displays results in Google Maps with all cell towers in your area. The site features robust filtering capabilities that allow you to search by carrier. For example, you can choose to view only Verizon or AT&T cell tower locations.
- OpenSignal, an app for both Androids and iPhones, doesn’t provide specific cell tower locations, but you can view signal maps to compare the performance of networks in your area and test the speed of your mobile or Wi-Fi connection.
Using your Smartphone to Determine Cell Signal Strength
Once you locate the nearest cell tower, you may want to know the strength of the signal being delivered to your phone or mobile device. While you can rely on the bars graphic displayed on your phone, that isn’t an accurate measure.
Cell signals are measured in decibels, or dBm. All cellular devices operate between frequencies of -50 dBm to -120 dBm with -50 dBm considered full strength (full bars) and -120 dBm considered a dead zone where there is no service. But because each carrier defines which dBm range correlates to which number of bars, looking at bars is an unreliable way to measure actual signal strength. For instance, one bar on T-Mobile might show up as three bars on Verizon because of the lack of an industry standard.
No matter how many bars your phone shows, the strength of your signal comes down to the fact that the closer you are to -50 dBm, the better your signal, and the closer to -120 dBm, the worse your signal.
While your smartphone does have the native ability to show your true dBm signal using the “field test mode,” Apple has hidden this ability beginning with iOS 11 or later.
Find Cell Towers with Help from a Professional
The most reliable way to locate cell phone towers near your building or measure signal strength is to get a site survey from a WilsonPro certified installer. Using a device called a signal meter, an installer can accurately measure cell signal strength throughout your building and pinpoint cell tower locations for any carrier.
It’s important to get a site survey since most people bring their own cell phones to work, which means everyone could have a different carrier. Many employers opt to reimburse employees for their personal cell phones for work use instead of providing a work phone. Ensuring strong cell coverage for all carriers is vital in the modern workplace.
Why You Need a Cell Phone Signal Booster for your Building
Once you’ve located the nearest cell tower, then you can more effectively address the problem of weak cell phone signal by implementing a cell signal booster, or cell signal amplifier. Signal boosters are cost-effective and can be installed within a matter of days depending on the size of the building.
WilsonPro cellular amplifiers use passive distributed antenna systems, or passive DAS, which can be installed exactly where you need your signal boosted. Passive DAS captures existing outdoor cell signal and brings it indoors, amplifying it up to 32 times.
How WilsonPro Boosters Can Help
Because WilsonPro boosters are carrier agnostic, it doesn’t matter which of the major carriers own the closest cell tower. These boosters can improve your signal regardless of carrier.
Some WilsonPro cellular amplifiers utilize Multi-Tower Targeting Technology™ which can target three cell towers and optimize cell signal for different carriers at the same time. Only WilsonPro has this technology and this results in the best possible cellular coverage for all carriers in your building.
If you’d like to learn about how WilsonPro boosters can help improve your in-building cell signal, contact us for a free assessment.