How to update towers for Sprint cell phones – let’s start by stating that in updating your Sprint cell towers a PRL (Preferred Roaming List) update to your device is necessary. Before we go further, let’s talk a little about cell towers and how they work for a better understanding.
Finding your nearest cell phone tower is not as strenuous as you may think. You can access cell phone tower maps in a myriad of ways. You can use websites, apps, signal meters, to help you find a cell tower near you.
How Cell Towers Work
A cell phone tower otherwise known as cell site/Base Transceiver Station is a structure which emits cellular signal as a ‘cell’ in a network. This is brought about by a labyrinth of transceivers, digital signal processors, control electronics, primary and backup electrical power, and GPS receivers. Primarily, they are basically transmitters of radio signals.
From there, each tower is different and may not contain the transceivers which utilize frequencies for your carrier, or maybe those transceivers are actually pointed away from your direction.
Cell towers generally use power in generating radio waves at a certain frequency. Your cell phone gets tuned into a specific frequency range (or band) based on your carrier as well as the features you are trying to use.
Let’s proceed further, and learn how you can find your Sprint phone nearest tower.
Sprint’s Cell Tower Map
You can use any of the following methods in finding your Sprint phone nearest tower.
- You can filter map data by voice or data coverage.
- Zoom in to twelve times magnification
- Search locations by address
Depending on your findings, you may or may not find your location ‘covered’ or ‘not covered’. Although this information is quite helpful, it does not indicate the location of your nearest cell tower. Since these maps are designed as marketing tools, thus their areas of coverage do not measure the strength of that coverage. Thus in finding the strongest signal, a cell tower locator is still the most reliable means of finding one.
Thus, we will be starting up with showing you how to update your Sprint cell towers to your device.
Sprint Tower Update
To start this off, you’ll have to follow these simple steps:
- Choose ‘Device Management’
- Opt for ‘Update the PRL (Preferred Roaming List) on your device’
- Follow the instructions to fully update.
Using Sprint Number to Reset Towers
The Sprint network has made available an update number that you can dial on your phone. This will cause it to download the new PRL. On most phones you can dial the special ##873283 and click the ‘Call or Send’ button in getting the new Preferred Roaming List onto your device. This method works on many Sprint phones as well as on other brands that use the Sprint network.
If you are not convinced that this is the number to use in updating Sprint towers on your Sprint phone, simply contact Sprint customer service for assistance. Better still, you can bring your phone into a Sprint store. If you happen to be using a carrier that is not Sprint, you can contact your carrier or search online for the contact number to dial.
Using Your Phone’s Settings
If you making use of an iPhone or Android smartphone, you can often update the PRL and other carrier information via your phone’s number. You can do this even without dialing a special number.
- Connect your device to the cell network or to a Wi-Fi network
- Click the ‘Settings’ tab on the home screen
- Click on ‘General:
- Click on ‘About’
- Once there’s an available update, you will see an option to install it.
For Android phone, the method varies from model to model. However generally you’ll be able to find the options you need by
- Clicking ‘Settings’ from your home screen
- Tap on ‘About phone’
- If you are searching for options to update phone settings, you have to consult the documentation for your particular Android device in order to find the right options.