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A mobile phone signal (or reception) is the signal strength (measured in dBm) re ceived by the mobile phone from

the cellular network (on the downlink). Dependin g on various factors, such as proximity to a tower, obstructions such as buildin gs or trees, etc., the signal strength will vary. Most mobile devices use a set of bars of increasing height to display the approximate strength of the received signal to the mobile phone user. Traditionally five bars are used; see five by five. Generally, a stronger mobile phone signal is easy to obtain in an urban area, th ough urban areas do have some "dead zones" where no reception can be obtained. S ince cellular signals are designed to be resistant to multipath issues, this wou ld most likely be due to blocking by a large building such as a high-rise. On th e contrary, many rural or minimally inhabited areas lack a signal or have a very weak fringe reception; many mobile phone providers are attempting to set up tow ers in parts of these areas most likely to be occupied by users, such as along m ajor highways. Even some national parks and other popular tourist destinations a way from urban areas now have cell phone reception, though location of radio tow ers in these areas is normally prohibited or strictly regulated, and is often bl ocked by mountains (where parks are often located). In an area where signal reception would normally be strong, certain other factor s may have an effect on the reception, thereby making it either stronger or weak er, or may cause complete RF interference. For example, a building with thick wa lls or of mostly metal construction (or with dense rebar in concrete) may preven t a mobile phone from being used. Underground areas, such as tunnels and subway stations, lack reception unless they are wired for cell signals. There may also be gaps where the service contours of the individual base stations of one's mobi le carrier (and/or its roaming partners) do not completely overlap. Additionally, the weather may affect the strength of a signal, due to the change s in radio propagation caused by clouds (particularly tall and dense thunderclou ds which cause signal reflection), precipitation, and temperature inversions. Th is phenomenon, which is also common in other VHF radio bands including FM broadc asting, may also cause other anomalies, such as a person in San Diego "roaming" on a Mexican tower from just over the border in Tijuana, or someone in Detroit " roaming" on a Canadian tower located within sight across the Detroit River in Wi ndsor, Ontario. These events may cause the user to be billed for "international" usage despite being in their own country, though mobile phone companies can pro gram their billing systems to re-rate these as domestic usage when it occurs on a foreign cell site that is known to frequently cause such issues with their cus tomers.