There was a time when my cell phone never "dropped a call" or didn't get good connections.
Even in the depths of the forest up north in extremely rural areas, we got service.
We did not experience, nor know the term, a 'dropped call'. We did not know about being out of a service area, or not getting a good connection.
The car phone was huge. But the instruction booklet on how to make a phone call was only 24 pages long.
Plus the guide to how much a call would make in different places. The average was about $1 a minute.
We bought it for safety reasons driving home in Kansas at midnight from the airport.
By "safety," we mean car trouble in the middle of nowhere, not personal safety trouble.
In addition to huge amounts of car battery power, the car phone ran on a radio frequency. No towers needed.
Our car phone now a new feature of our Museum of the 20th Century. Call - - if you can get through - - for museum hours.