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article imageSwapping hands boosts phone signal

By Tim Sandle     Sep 10, 2016 in Technology
Aalborg - A new study suggests swapping hands helps to boost mobile phone signals. If you're struggling for a connection, it's recommended you switch hands to hold your mobile device.
This isn't an urban myth: data suggests that switching hands to hold a mobile device helps to boost the signal and to obtain an improved connection. The reason for this, Professor Gert Pedersen from Aalborg University, explains is because mobile phones have their antennas located where people naturally place their hands, which affects communications. By holding a mobile phone differently, which can happen when a phone is moved from the right hand to the left hand (or vice versa) appears to alter the signal strength, for better or worse.
With mobile devices some models of smartphone are more more prone to this antennae masking effect than others. Here Apple devices fare relatively poorly according to The Daily Mail, which reviewed Professor Pedersen's report. In particular, iPhones held in the left hand came out as the worse performers from a comparative review of leading smartphone devices. In contrast, the device coming out best was the HTC Desire 626.
Switching hands seems cumbersome and in the report, Professor Pedersen says that hands free is the best way to obtain the optimal signal. In other words, lay the mobile device down on a flat surface and activate the speaker for the best communications results.
Professor Pedersen is of the view this need to switch hands is a fundamental design weakness with mobile devices. According to Geo TV, the Danish academic is advocating antenna ratings for mobile phone so consumers can be better informed.
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