Understanding the irritation of dropped calls is universal. As an AT&T subscriber, this could be a frustrating experience that disrupts conversations and stalls communication. Before concluding that this issue hinges solely on AT&T, let’s explore some underlying causes of these dropped calls and offer some solutions towards a smoother calling experience.
Table 1: Causes of Dropped Calls and Responses
|Causes of dropped calls
|What can users/subscribers do
|Avoid peak times or high traffic areas
|Move to a higher ground or open space
|Wait for severe weather to pass
|Update device firmware or get a new device
|Switch off surrounding electronic devices
1. Network Congestion
Network congestion often arises when too many users are attempting to use phone services concurrently. This could occur during rush hours, significant events, or emergencies. What could subscribers do? The simplest answer is to avoid making calls during peak times. However, if staying off the phone at these times is inevitable, then trying various network types (3G/4G/5G) could help.
2. Geographic Issues
Sometimes, users might be located in an area where the signal strength is low due to natural or man-made obstructions like hills, buildings, tunnels and so on. In such cases, moving to higher ground or an open space can increase the chances of getting better signal strength and reduced instances of dropped calls.
3. Weather Conditions
Severe weather conditions such as thunderstorms, high winds, or heavy snowfall could interfere with network signals, resulting in dropped calls. Unfortunately, users have no control over the weather. However, they could potentially wait for severe weather conditions to subside before making or receiving calls to avoid interruptions.
4. Hardware Problems
Sometimes, the phone itself could be the culprit. Old phones, outdated software, or phones with hardware glitches can lead to frequent call drops. In such situations, users are encouraged to update their device firmware and if necessary, get a newer device that supports modern communication standards.
5. Signal Interference
Some electronic devices in immediate environs could interfere with cell signals, leading to dropped calls. By minimizing the use of such gadgets, especially ones that utilize a similar frequency range as your mobile device when on a call, could potentially reduce instances of dropped calls.
AT&T subscribers might find relief knowing that dropped calls can be due to a combination of issues beyond AT&T’s sole control. The key is to assess situations carefully and apply suitable solutions as highlighted above to mitigate the nuisance of dropped calls.