Mobile Phones - Evolving Reception

By: Liam G

A recent development by engineers at Oxford University has revealed some pretty exciting results with regards to mobile signal technology.

The technology in question is known as compact dielectric antenna system and is similar to conventional parabolic antennas only on a much smaller scale. Larger antennas have, before now had a distinct advantage over their smaller counterparts, this being their ability to track signals across 3 planes - this being horizontal, vertical and diagonal.

The antennas used in mobile devices however, are only able to track horizontal signals, as they move from transmitter to receiver.

Using the new technology, antennas with the ability to operate in three dimensions can be installed onto small mobile devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and laptops.

Mobile phones are likely to be the main market for the new technology as they are the most susceptible to signal loss.

For instance, anyone who has used a mobile phone inside, or in other cluttered environments knows how difficult it can be to achieve a suitable signal. The quick fix cure for this is to usually go outside or somewhere higher, with this system though - you probably won't need too!

It is expected that the technology will be easily implemented into the market, as it uses current materials and does not require anything new.

For the time being though mobile users who suffer from bad reception will have to make the best of the situation using traditional methods. As mentioned, the easiest of these is to move around; if you are in a so called "dead spot" though, then this isn't an option.

In such environments a mobile signal booster may help, although there is a great deal of mixed opinions on these products throughout the market. Another option is to consider moving to a different mobile operator or upgrading your handset.

With the wealth of mobile phones currently on the market it's not difficult to find a good deal. The sheer breadth of mobile phones available can make finding the right one difficult; to simplify this it is recommend you go online to compare mobile phones.

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