May 8, 2014
Convention centers and hotels are notorious for having inconsistent cell reception. If event attendees want to check their email or place calls in between sessions, they often have trouble finding a signal. As an event planner, you may not be able to improve the venue’s reception, but you can find out where the dead zones are ahead of time. Download Speedtext.net app (by Ookla, free) to your smartphone to test the cell reception when you’re selecting a venue. If you find an area with weak reception, don’t place important sessions (or your staff’s onsite office) there, or consider setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot to strengthen the signal.