Getting a strong cellular signal can be tricky when you wander in the boonies. Service tends to be concentrated where the customers are. But sometimes luck goes your way and you can get a great signal in remote places.
"Why is there a cell tower out here in the middle of nowhere?"
"Oh, look! A bunch of signal towers on that peak!"
But Lady Luck is more of a city gal. To increase your chances of getting strong service—or any at all—you need a cellular booster.
this. Personally, they seem too cumbersome. They need to be attached to some kind of mast which, in turn, needs to be anchored somehow to the vehicle. There's more cabling to deal with when you disassemble the mast for traveling. The antenna needs to be turned until it finds a strong signal. That could leave the antenna facing broadside into the notorious desert winds, causing the mast to wobble. No thanks.
Low branches have brushed the antenna from the roof a couple of times, but it did no damage. Just stick it back on and I'm ready to get my online fix again.
However, a strong signal isn't everything. Responsiveness can slow way down if there are a lot of people trying to use the same signal. So an irony is that I can often get faster data transfer in the sticks with a one-bar signal than I can in the 'burbs with five bars. Whee, a signal all to myself! I'll have to blog about it.