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2020 Cell Phone Signal Booster Guide

Mar 17, 2020

2020 Cell Phone Signal Booster Guide

Okay, so you want to buy a cell phone signal booster in 2020, but want to know more about this technology before you go ahead with your purchase. We're happy to help you with everything you want to know about the latest 2020 cellular amplifiers and repeaters. If you're in a hurry, call us or go straight to our automated cell booster recommendation tool to find one in seconds!

Let us get started with this step-by-step guide to cell phone signal boosters.

To begin with, you wonder if cell phone repeaters are legit. Well, they are, because the FCC says so. Next, you want to know why you need these devices and how they work. We explain that in detail, including the basic cell signal amplifier terminology that you should be conversant with.

We discuss how to choose the right cell phone booster kit, the various signal booster components and most importantly, we offer product recommendations. We list the best cell phone signal boosters for 2020, for home, office and business, for your car, truck or RV.

We shall be updating this guide constantly, and adding great new products as they come along. Our goal is to provide you with the best choices.

But first, here’s a quick word on who we are and what we do…

SignalBooster.com is a Houston-based authorized reseller of top-rated cell phone signal booster brands across the United States and Canada. SignalBooster.com is a retailer, reseller, distributor and installer of signal boosters by SureCall, WilsonPro, weBoost, and other leading brands.

We offer a nationwide installation service for all industrial and commercial grade signal boosters we sell. Our team of professional installers are highly experienced and are certified by both Wilson Electronics and SureCall.

You may call at 1-855-846-2654 for a free consultation or submit a request for quote to get started immediately. Cell boosters is not just something we do, it is what we do.

Everything you wanted to know about cell phone boosters:

An April 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project on "Mobile Phone Problems" brought some interesting data to the foreground.

According to the Pew Research Center report, "72% of cell owners experience dropped calls at least occasionally. Some 32% of cell owners say they encounter this problem at least a few times a week or more frequently than that."

Dropped calls are a recurring problem for a lot of people in United States and Canada. This is in spite of the fact that almost every inch of territory in North America is covered by cell phone carriers such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Bell Mobility, Telus Canada, AT&T and others. It seems like the problem isn't likely to go away anytime soon.

Poor cell phone reception is something most of us deal with in our day-to-day lives. This is nothing new to us, but it can be a serious problem when you miss out on an important call, or face a dropped call in the middle of a crucial conversation.

What causes weak cell phone signal? What leads to a poor reception and dropped calls? What is a cell phone antenna booster, exactly? How can you use this device to improve reception or amplify the cell phone signal? How does one eliminate the problem of dropped calls for once and for all? Everything is discussed here!

What Causes Poor Cell Phone Reception?

Why aren't you getting a strong signal on your phone? Why is the reception so poor? What prevents a clear signal from reaching you?

There're generally four reasons why you are getting a weak cell phone reception, or have a "dead zone" at your location.

  1. You are at the Edge of the Coverage Area.

    You're at a fair distance from the nearest cell tower. Cell phone companies provide coverage to their customers across the country by setting up cell towers to receive and broadcast calls.

    These towers are placed strategically so that they cover all customers, no matter where they are based at. The leading cell phone companies such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have enough cellular towers to cover every inch of land in the United States.

    But the coverage can never be perfect. The further you go from the cellular tower, the weaker is the signal strength. So if you are at the edges of the coverage area, you are likely to get a rather weak signal. This is something that is especially common in rural areas.

  2. The Construction Materials Come in the Way of the Signals.

    The construction materials of today are more advanced than those used in older buildings. They are far more energy efficient, and much better for the health of those living inside the buildings.

    However, there's one negative with the new age construction materials. They block cell phone signals from entering into the house or building.

    If they don't block the signal completely, they at least diminish the signal strength in a big way. So if you find yourself losing reception when walking from one room to another, this is probably the reason for it.

  3. Inter-cell Interference.

    Most cell carriers today provide 4G LTE, the latest generation cellular technology, which is widely used across the US and Canada. 4G LTE uses the same frequency band when transmitting signals from cellular towers.

    So if your phone happens to be located in between the two towers of the same signal strength, then it acts as an "interferer" to the tower that you are trying to communicate with.

    This really does affect the signal in a big way. The inter-tower interference is a common cause of weak cell phone reception in cities.

  4. Geography and Surrounding Buildings.

    Another common cause of weak cell phone reception is that the signals may have been blocked by the nearby buildings that have got in the way.

    As the signals make their way from the cellular tower to your residence, they have to pass through several structures, natural and artificial.

    The natural geography, such as the hills and mountains, or the trees that get in the way, also affects the signal strength. The signal that you will ultimately get is much weaker.

So, what is the solution to this?

Cell phone boosters.

In this guide, we tell you all you need to know about cell phone boosters, what they are, how they work, and offer recommendations on the best booster products in various categories. We start with the absolute basics.

What is a Cell Phone Signal Booster?

Cell Phone boosters or cell phone repeaters are devices that have been developed to solve the problem of weak cell phone reception. They have been designed specifically to amplify a weak signal available outside a house, building or a vehicle, and to broadcast a much stronger signal inside, where it is needed the most.

We shall discuss in detail how these devices work, but let us first answer the question, are cell phone signal boosters legit? Yes, they most certainly are and have been approved by the FCC in United States and Industry Canada (IC) in Canada.

The FCC has no issue with using cell phone repeaters to extend the range of a cell network in areas that historically receive poor cellular service, including homes and offices, commercial structures and more as long as they are registered with respective service provider before use.

Note: All product recommendations made in this guide have been approved by the FCC.

How a Cell Phone Signal Booster Works.

A cell phone booster pulls in a weak signal from the outside, boosts it and then rebroadcasts it within the house, building or vehicle. A typical signal booster is based on a three-part system.

It consists of an outside antenna that captures the weak cell signal, an amplifier that boosts the signal thus received, and an inside antenna that rebroadcasts the much enhanced signal within the room, house, building or vehicle.

An outside antenna is mounted in a location outside the house or building which currently gets a signal, usually on the roof. This signal is then passed from outside antenna to a signal amplifier within the building. An amplifier enhances the signal by up to 32X times and then sends it to the inside antenna. An inside antenna rebroadcasts the signal to the area where it is needed the most.

That is how you get a much improved signal from the cellular tower. The same process works in the reverse. The signal from your phone is picked up by inside antenna, enhanced by amplifier and sent out to the outside antenna, which rebroadcasts it so that a much stronger signal is received by the cellular tower. This establishes a strong two-way communication between your phone and the cellular tower.

Why the Current Outside Signal Strength Is Really the One Thing That Truly Matters.

The most important factor that determines how much coverage you are going to get from the signal booster is the strength of the outside signal. If the external signal is strong, you will be able to cover a large area, same as the maximum area of coverage as advertised by the manufacturer of the device.

If external signal is weak, then the inside coverage area won't be as much as advertised. Therefore, you must invest in a much more powerful signal booster. This means, the most important thing to make a note of when buying a signal booster is the strength of outside signal.

You can have a very rough estimate of the outside signal strength from the number of bars that appear on your phone. If there are 5 bars on the phone, then the signal is strong enough and you probably don't need a signal booster. If there're just one or two bars, then you have a weak signal outside your home or building. Then it makes sense to invest in a powerful booster.

To find out the actual signal strength of the outside signal with most accuracy, you will need to put your phone into a field test mode. In this mode, the phone displays the actual decibel reading of the outside signal.

See this article for instructions on how to activate the field test mode on your Android or iPhone.

Signal Booster Components.

Here's a detailed look at the three main components of the cell phone booster.

Outside Antenna.

Exterior antenna is mounted on the roof or fascia of the house or building. The objective is to find a spot that is as high as possible, that is able to catch the weak 3G and 4G LTE signal.

There are two types of outside antennas:

  • Omni-directional antenna: This type of outside antenna catches signals in a 360-degree angle. Omni-directional antennas should be used if you want to boost signals from multiple carriers and the outside signal is already reasonably strong.
  • Uni-directional antenna or Yagi antenna: A Yagi antenna is shaped like a triangle and catches outside signal from a 45-degree field of vision. It has a reach that goes much farther than what you will get with an omni-directional antenna. This is normally used to boost signals from a single carrier, and is preferred when the outside signal is weak.

Amplifier.

An amplifier or a cellular repeater receives the signal from the outside antenna and boosts it by 32X times. Amplifiers are measured in terms of dB (decibel) output. Amplifiers used in home-based systems offer anything from 500 to 20,000 sq. ft. of coverage.

Most exterior cell phone signal strength ranges from -50 dB to -120 dB. In terms of bars, -50 dB means full bars and -120 dB means zero bars or a dead zone. Amplifiers boost the cell phone signal so as to get the reading closer to -50 dB.

You should get a +60 dB gain at least with an amplifier. The best and most powerful amplifiers give you a +70 dB gain. Amplifiers that have been specifically designed for vehicles should give a +25 dB gain at least, with a maximum of +50 dB gain.

If you are able to get a consistent -94dB or better signal outside, then signal amplifier will be able to multiply signal to boost reception indoors substantially. However, the typical cut off point for signal boosters to be able to amplify is -105dB outside signal. If exterior signal is less than that amount, say for example, -115dB, then signal amplifier will not be able to help in such a situation.

Inside Antenna.

An inside antenna is another important component of the cell booster. When the much improved signal is passed on from the amplifier to the inside antenna, the inside antenna rebroadcasts this much enhanced signal to areas within the house, building or vehicle.

There are two types of inside antennas:

  • Panel antenna: Panel antennas are wall-mounted and rebroadcast the strongest signal received from the amplifier to the areas that are closest to them. They are ideal for a small apartment, studies room, home office, living room or bedroom, or a cabin.
  • Dome antenna: Dome antennas are ceiling-mounted. They distribute the signal equally through the area.

Some signal booster brands prefer panel antennas while others choose dome antennas with their devices.

Wilson Electronics, which makes cell boosters under the weBoost and Wilson Pro brands, generally makes use of panel antennas. These're uni-directional antennas which are more powerful but it they are required to be pointed towards nearest cell tower providing most signal strength. SureCall signal boosters on the other hand mostly uses dome antennas. These're multi-directional antennas that are not as powerful in attracting signals but they draw signals from all directions.

We sell both WilsonPro/ weBoost and SureCall devices.

How to Choose a Signal Booster?

There're many things to consider when choosing a signal booster. The first thing to consider is the type of the booster.

#1: Types of Signal Boosters

There are two types of signal boosters sold on the market.

Home and Business Signal Boosters.

A cell phone booster for home is used to enhance the signal within a house, office or building. A signal booster for home is far more powerful than a vehicle booster. The installation for such a device is permanent and may feature a network of internal antennas for distributing the improved signal through the house or building.

A cell phone signal booster for home has the same set up as explained above – an external antenna mounted on a roof, an amplifier and a network of internal antennas. The external antenna is strategically located so as to pick up the strongest signal from outside, the signal is boosted by the amplifier and distributed through the house or building by the internal antennas. The process works just as well in the reverse, ensuring a perfect 2-way communication between the phone and the cellular tower.

Car, Truck, RV and Marine Signal Boosters.

Signal boosters used in cars, trucks, marine vehicles and RVs are not as powerful as those meant for homes or businesses. The one thing to keep in mind with respect to cell phone boosters for vehicles is that they should be capable of picking the constantly changing outside signal – which varies in strength as the vehicle is in motion.

Further, these boosters should not affect the other cellular devices in the other vehicles on the road. They should be able to prevent oscillation or feedback in the system.

These devices are easy to install, as they don’t have to be installed on a permanent basis. You only need to attach the external antenna to the roof of the car with a magnetic base. The cable can be run through the door frame.

The amplifier is small in size and can be hidden away under the seat. The inside antenna is usually velcroed and attached to the dashboard of the vehicle with an adhesive.

Boosters for trucks, RVs and other large vehicles are installed on a more permanent basis. The layout of the cable that runs from the antennas to the amplifier is carefully thought out. But it is still easy to install.

The only real difference in the working of a signal booster for a vehicle with that of a boost for a home or business is that the amplifier has to be designed to adjust to the fluctuating outside signal more efficiently. Also, the boosting power is kept low so that the booster does not impact the cellular devices used in the other vehicles on the road.

#2: Carriers and Networks to be Supported.

The next important factor to consider when choosing a signal booster is the carrier or network that you want to support with it. There are boosters that are made specifically for a particular carrier, such as Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. Then you have boosters that made to support specific networks, such as 2G, 3G or 4G LTE.

Most carriers in the U.S. and Canada use the same frequencies for both 3G and 2G networks – so you can use the same signal amplifier for handling voice calls and data. However if you want to support a 4G LTE network, then you will need an amplifier that works with 4G LTE in addition to 2G and 3G. Such devices are more expensive. We carry mostly 4G LTE boosters which are backward compatible and boost 2G and 3G signals as well.

If you want to support more than one carrier, then it is preferred you buy a device with omni-directional external antenna. If you want to support just one carrier, then a strong yagi antenna will more than suffice.

#3: External Signal Strength.

As discussed earlier, the strength of the outside signal will decide what sort of an amplifier you should buy. If the outside signal is very weak, then you will have to invest in a more powerful booster.

If the outside signal is reasonably strong, then you may as well invest in a cheap or moderately priced booster that delivers mediocre gains in signal strength.

#4: Area to Be Covered.

The fourth factor to be noted is the size of the area that needs to be covered by the enhanced signal. The layout of the area is important as well.

The size of the area and the strength of the outside signal will give you a good idea of just how powerful you want the amplifier to be. The layout will tell you how many internal antennas you need and their type.

If the area to be covered is located on just one floor, then you should choose a dome antenna to go with it. If you want multiple floors to be covered, then panel antennas are the right choice as they ensure that the signals are distributed in a better way through the house or building.

FCC Approval for Cell Phone Signal Boosters.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a federal government agency regulates the use of cellular frequencies in the USA. In 2014, the FCC formally approved the use of cell phone boosters to enhance cellular signals by consumers across the United States.

In addition to this, the FCC has introduced a number of checks and balances to ensure that the booster equipment do not interfere with the network of the carrier that it supports.

One such measure is a requirement for all boosters to be registered with the carrier that it supports. All new boosters go through a series of tests before getting certified by the FCC.

The FCC has one set of regulations for carrier-specific boosters and another for boosters that amplify signals from all carriers.

For boosters that can work with any carrier, the amplifier gain should not be more than certain dB over the 700 MHz band and not more than certain decibels over the 850MHz band. The downlink output power should be less than certain dBm.

For carrier-specific boosters, the amplifier gain should not be more than 100 dB over any band of any frequency. The downlink output power should be certain amount of dBm over a 5 MHz block.

"Buyer beware" warning to consumers about purchasing uncertified boosters.

Never purchase blackmarket cell phone signal boosters because they are probably unlicensed, uncertified and illegal for use, atleast in United States and Canada. SignalBooster.com carries only licensed, certified cellular signal boosters. FCC certified for USA cell phone signal boosters and IC / ISED approved for Canada cell phone signal boosters. Using such devices that do not comply with government and carrier requirements can cause serious damage to wireless networks and can make users liable for damages incurred. In USA, Carriers have granted blanked pre-approval only to FCC certified kits made by reputable manufacturers - However, registration must be submitted to carrier before their use.

Signal Booster Terminology.

  • The FCC – Refers to The Federal Communications Commission, a federal agency that regulates the use of the airwaves in the United States. The FCC also regulates the use of signal boosters in the country.
  • Gain (dB) – It is a measure of amplification, represented by dB. The higher the dB or the gain, the higher is the amplification achieved by the signal. 0 dB gain means zero gain. 10 dB gain means the signal strength is enhanced by 10 times, 20 dB gain means it is enhanced by 100 times more signal, and 30 dB gain means the signal is enhanced by 1,000 times.
  • Donor antenna – Refers to the external antenna that is placed outside the home, building or vehicle.
  • Indoor antenna – Refers to the internal antenna that is installed within the house, building or vehicle.
  • Omni-directional antenna – Refers to an antenna which receives and transmits signals in all directions. Has less antenna gain.
  • Directional antenna – Refers to an antenna which sends and receives signals in just one direction.
  • Dome antenna – Refers to a type of indoor antenna installed in the ceilings of house or building which transmits signals downwards.
  • Panel antenna– Refers to a type of indoor antenna installed on walls that transmits signals to the rest of the room.
  • Lightning surge protector – Refers to a device that protects your signal boosting equipment against lightening.
  • Antenna gain (dBi) – Antennas have a gain too, represented by the Antenna gain or dBi. This is based on a logarithmic scale. A 0 dBi antenna gain means the antenna cannot hold any signal, 10 dBi antenna gain means that the antenna can receive and transmit 10 times as many signals from the specified direction compared to other directions.
  • Attenuation (dB) – This refers to how much a signal weakens over a distance, or when it passes through construction material. It is measured in dB, and is a negative value. A -10 dB attenuation means the signal is 10 times and a -20 dB attenuation means the signal is 100 times weaker.
  • Radio frequency (RF) – Refers to the frequency used to transmit a wireless radio signal. This can be a Wi-Fi signal, cellular signal, WiFi or just FM and AM radio.

    Downlink signal – Refers to the signal transmitted from the cellular tower to your phone.

  • Uplink signal – Refers to the signal sent from your phone back to the cellular tower.
  • Signal strength (dBm) – The strength of a wireless signal is measured in dBm. dBm is a logarithmic measure.
  • Coaxial cable – Refers to the special type of cable which carries the RF signal. It consists of a conductor at the center made from copper, which is properly shielded. There is also an outer conductor.

We have talked about everything you need to know about cell phone boosters. You don't really need to learn more about these devices than what is written in this guide, unless you are a professional installer of signal boosters.

If you need help, just give us a call at 1-855-846-2654 for a free consultation or submit a request for a quote to get started as soon as possible. We will be happy to provide a customized booster solution based on your requirements. If you need help with the installation, our team of professional installers will do that for you – you don’t have to do a thing!

Here are our Product Recommendations for Cell Phone Boosters:

What are the Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters in 2020?

Best Signal Boosters for Homes and Small Offices.

We have explained why the strength of the outside signal is such an important consideration to be made when buying a signal booster. We have also shown how to check the strength of external signal.

We have chosen the best cell phone boosters for homes and small offices based on the signal strength outside your house or building.

When the Outside Signal is Strong:

For Smaller Homes and Apartments (Area of Coverage is 2,000 to 2,500 square feet or Less):

SureCall Flare 3G, 4G, LTE Signal Booster For Homes & Offices Up To 2500 Sq. Ft.

Price: $299.99 USD

Our top pick for a booster for small homes and apartments is the SureCall Flare. It amplifies 3G & 4G LTE data, voice and text and improves cellular signal strength over an area of up to 2,500 sq. ft. This cell phone repeater is very easy to set up and use because its interior antenna is already built into the neat and elegant desktop signal amplifier. It reduces the problem of dropped calls and missed calls by a substantial extent and boosts 4G LTE data speeds. It covers one or two rooms of a home or small office, a cabin or a home office and supports up to 8 cellular devices at the same time.

For Larger Homes and Offices (over 2,500 square feet):

SureCall Fusion4Home Home & Building 3G 4G LTE Signal Booster For Up To 4000 Sq. Ft.

Price: $299.99 USD

SureCall Fusion4Home is an affordable cell phone repeater which enhances the signal strength over an area of up to 4,000 sq. feet. This device enhances voice, text, 3G & 4G LTE data and works with all carriers in Canada and United States.

This is certainly more powerful than SureCall EZ 4G LTE which is discontinued. This device is available in several different versions and features exterior and interior antennas, a lightning surge protector and an extended length of cable.

This device supports multiple users and devices within area at the same time - up to eight at a time. It is priced at a very good range starting at $299, which makes it a perfect for those who are looking to buy a cell phone signal extender for the first time. It gives you an average gain of 72 dB and is suitable only when outside signal is reasonably strong.

When the Outside Signal is Weak:

For Larger Homes, Offices and Buildings (over 5,000 square feet):

SureCall Fusion5s Home & Building 3G 4G LTE Signal Booster For Up To 7000 Sq. Ft.

Price: $850.00

SureCall Fusion5s is priced at $850.00. This is a very good price for a device that offers an average gain of 72 dB. It is fully capable of picking up weak signals from outside and strengthening them to a considerable extent. This device works very well with all cell phones and carriers across the United States and Canada.

SureCall Fusion5s enhances cell phone reception over an area of coverage of 5,000 sq. feet to 7,000 sq. feet. That makes it suitable for large homes and small buildings. The gains achieved by this device are according to the limits set by the FCC, so you can be sure that you won’t be breaking any law with this device.

You should certainly place an order for multiple indoor antennas to take full advantage of this powerful cell phone booster for buildings and large homes.

weBoost Connect 4G-X Home & Building 3G 4G LTE Signal Booster For Up To 10,000 Sq. Ft.

Price: $999.99

weBoost Home Complete is priced at $999.99. It is the most powerful consumer grade kit by weBoost. This device works with all cellular phone models and service providers across USA and Canada. It enhances cell phone reception over up to 10,000 sq. ft. This makes it suitable for very large homes and small office buildings.  See remaining weBoost Connect wireless signal amplifiers for other options.

For Very Large Buildings (over 10,000 square feet):

Wilson Pro 70 465134 (50 Ohm) Heavy Duty Signal Booster.

Price: $899.99 USD

The Wilson Pro 70 is a comprehensive cell phone amplifier kit that comes with all the essential components such as internal and external antennas, cable and the amplifier itself.

It offers coverage for an entire build of up to 25,000 sq. feet. It gives you an average gain of +70 dB, which means it works very well even when the outside signal is weak but may not provide listed coverage area.

This device comes with a digital display on which the automatic gain control is shown clearly. This five-band amplifier works with all cell phone providers in North America.

Extra 50 Ohm in-building antenna kits can be purchased separately which include splitter and additional required cables. This allows you expand the coverage to more rooms within the house or building. Although Wilson Pro 70's MSRP is $1099.99, it is on sale for $899.99 which is very good indeed for the value you get.

Wilson Pro 70 Plus 463127 (50 Ohm) Heavy Duty Booster.

Price: $1,099.99 USD

The Wilson Pro 70 Plus is a powerful device that gives you an average gain of 70 dB. It boosts coverage over an area of up to 50,000 sq. feet. It is a complete kit and is sold with internal and external antennas, cables and a lightning surge protector.

While Wilson Pro 70 Plus MSRP is $1,799.99, it is on sale for only $1099.99. This is full value for your money when you consider that the device offers coverage to buildings with a very large built-up area. It is compatible with all devices and cell phone carriers in the USA and Canada. The device has a digital display on which you can see the automatic gain control.

Who buys the Wilson Pro 70 Plus Heavy Duty Booster? Landlords with multiple rental properties or managers of apartment complexes are among those who favor this system the most. It is also a hit with those who own large residential properties but have a problem with a weak outside signal, which hampers the cell phone connectivity within the property. It requires professional installation which we offer at an additional affordable cost for most businesses.

The Best Signal Boosters For (Very) Large Buildings (over 20,000 sq ft).

If you are in the market or signal boosters for large buildings, then you are best advised to speak to our professional installers. Our installers are highly experienced at designing custom booster solutions for large buildings and commercial properties.

Installing a cell phone booster in a very large building is not easy. It requires great attention to planning and details, as well as awareness of the surrounding environment. The installer studies the layout of the building in detail and the strength of the outside signals. You can cut costs by using taps or couplers to daisy chain the indoor antennas.

Daisy chained booster systems make a lot of sense in large buildings, but a lot of thought has to be made about the budget for the same. When you call us or submit a request for quote, we will dispatch our professional installers to your location and they will create a custom signal booster design for your building based on the area of coverage and your stated budget.

Here, you will find a list of recommendations from us on the signal boosters that we consider to be the right choice for your large building or commercial property. Each of the boosters mentioned here are proven, tried and tested. They have been successfully installed by our team in many properties across the country.

The Best Signal Boosters for Larger Buildings (25,000 to 50,000 sq. feet or more):

SureCall Force 5 2.0 Signal Booster Kit.

Price: $3,510.00 USD

The SureCall Force 5 2.0 is an advanced signal booster with many great features. What makes this device so impressive is that comes with an integrated remote monitoring system.

It can be controlled by a mobile app. You can tune the output power and the amplification manually for each of its 5 bands. The device has a maximum downlink power of 17 dBm which delivers an amazing performance even when the signal is excessive signal. It does not shut down even in the worst scenario.

The device offers coverage for up to 25k sq. ft. easily in most conditions and up to 100k sq. ft. in perfect conditions depending upon the number of interior antennas added to the system. Each of the bands is configured to function independently even in the most difficult circumstances.

The device can support numerous cell phone users within the building at the same time - at least 100 users. It is compatible with all carriers in United States and Canada. It enhances voice, text and 4G LTE data. This is one of the most sophisticated boosters you can buy right now.

$3,510 is actually a very good price for this device considering its large area of coverage and advanced features. It gives you an average gain of 72 dB, which is sufficient for most purposes, but well within the limits set by the FCC. So you don't have to worry about doing anything illegal!

Wilson Pro 70 Plus Select 462127 (50 Ohm) Booster Kit.

Price: $2,499.99 USD

The Wilson Pro 70 Plus Select Booster is one of the most powerful booster solutions from Wilson Electronics. It gives you a much stronger signal over a large area of up to 50,000 sq. ft. The device features adjustable uplink and downlink gain controls.

This powerful 5 Band amplifier is compatible with all cell carriers in the United States and Canada. It provides an impressive average gain of up to +70 dB, which is large enough to cover the building or commercial property, but within the FCC limits. It does not interfere with the network in any way other than to boost the signals within the building.

The device is capable of extending the coverage to more spaces within the building with the extra 50 Ohm in-building antenna kits. These kits come with extended cables and splitters.

$2,499.99 is a good price for this booster kit. It provides full value for those who manage large buildings or own a number of rental properties or apartments within the same large building.

Commercial/Industrial Grade Indoor Signal Boosters:

Wilson Pro Enterprise Signal Boosters for up to 100k Ft²

Wilson Pro Enterprise Cell Phone Boosters, 1300R/1300 and 4300R/4300 help assess booster performance, view amplifier configuration, and make adjustments. They have easy-to-use colored LCD screen. All antenna ports are located on the same side of the unit, for easier installation. They are available in both wall mount or rack mount versions. This single cellular amplifier can boost coverage for an area up to 100k sq. feet. This is a very large and advanced commercial grade signal boosting solution specifically meant for those who have major requirements. A special feature is the extra dynamic range technology which provides continuous connectivity.

The device features the highest adjustable downlink and uplink power you can get with any of the products in this category. You can extend the coverage within the building with a 50 Ohm indoor antenna kit.

We offer a best price guarantee with this device. You are welcome to call at 1-855-846-2654 or submit a request for quote. Our team of engineers will design a custom solution for you based on your specific requirements and budgetary considerations.

Wilson Pro 1050 Two Signal Booster System (Main & Inline Boosters).

The Wilson Pro 1050 Two Signal Booster System is a special solution meant for those who have large-scale commercial requirements. It consists of a two-part booster system, the very first such device from Wilson Electronics. 

The Wilson Pro 1050 consists of a "main booster" and an "inline booster". It is the first inline cell phone booster system that is approved by the FCC and by the major carriers within United States and Canada.

In-line cell phone signal booster can make up for up to 300 feet of cable. The device comes with a complete installation kit which includes cables and antennas.

This dual booster system enhances the in-building coverage by as much as 75,000 sq. ft. using this dual booster system. It gives you a downlink power of up to +15 dBm. You can extend the coverage you get with this device with a 50 Ohm indoor antenna kit that comes with it.

We offer a best price guarantee with this device. You are welcome to call at 1-855-846-2654 or submit a request for quote. Our team of engineers will design a custom solution for you based on your specific requirements and budgetary considerations.

The Best Mobile Boosters for Cars and Trucks:

What is the best mobile booster kit for cars and trucks? We stock several models of car or truck boosters in our online store. There're two types: Cradle boosters and Wireless boosters. Cradle boosters improve reception for a single cellular device such as cell phone, mobile hotspot device, etc. whereas wireless boosters improve reception for multiple such devices simultaneously.

Here's our recommendation for the best cell booster for your car or truck.

SureCall Fusion2Go Max Car Truck Cell Phone Signal Booster.

Price: $499.99 USD

SureCall Fusion2Go Max is an advanced version of the SureCall Fusion2Go Series 1.0, 2.0, amd 3.0. It is the most powerful for one, as it offers a much higher uplink power. It incorporates SureCall's Extended Range Technology (ERT) and Double Power Technology (DPT).

This device provides an uplink power of 29 dBm, compared to the older device's 21.2 dBm (Fusion2Go 2.0) and the oldest device's 17.9 dBm (Original Fusion2Go 1.0). Its exterior antenna has 4 inches height with a wider magnetic base to hold it more securely during harsh or inclement weather and stormy high speed winds. The 4 inches tall exterior antenna is quite small compared to the exterior antenna that came with the oldest version, 12 inches.

The device boosts voice, text, 3G, 4G LTE for all major carriers within United States and Canada. You get an automatic gain adjustment with this device, while the older version only offered manual gain adjustment.

Like the previous version of this device, the SureCall Fusion2Go Max is easy to install. In fact, it hardly takes five minutes to set up this car and truck booster. This device is priced at $499.99 and available in several versions to fit your type of vehicle such as a Marine Vessel or a Recreational Vehicle (RV).

The Best Mobile Boosters for RVs.

What is the worst thing that could happen when you are on a long RV trip? Losing connectivity, finding out that you can no longer access your cell signal. What will you do if you need to get in touch with someone at work urgently? Or a client calls you about something important and the connection breaks down in the middle of the conversation?

That is why you need a proper mobile booster for your RV. The FCC has set the limit on the mobile boosters for large vehicles such as RVs at an average gain of 50 dB.

The problem with this is the booster cannot cover the entire cabin of the RV with an average gain of just 50 dB. The way to get around the problem is to place the indoor antenna as close to the phone as possible or near a hotspot device. Also, make use of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for connecting through the device for making voice calls and for internet access.

The Best Vehicle RV Cell Booster:

SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV 3G 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster.

Price: $449.99 USD

SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV is our recommendation for the best RV mobile booster considering its power the price value. This is an incredibly powerful booster that has been tested extensively and has come out with flying colors in most of the field tests that have been conducted on it.

The device costs $449.99, which is a reasonable price for it. The booster provides extra coverage you need for your voice calls, text messages, internet data on any carrier or mobile device in USA and Canada.

This signal extender is ideal for large vehicles such as caravans, RVs and luxury buses. It can cover as much of the cabin as possible with a decent average gain, which is just below the limits set by the FCC for large vehicles.

Installation is very simple, as easy as plug and play; will take only 15 minutes of your time. Installing the device will not only improve your signal strength, it also extends the battery life for all of your devices.

Best Marine Cell Booster.

What is the best boosting solution for a ship, yacht or boat? You will want to know the answer to this question if you have a boat and like to take it out every now and then.

Even when you are on your boat or yacht you will want to stay connected to your home or office – what if there is an emergency call from your wife about something? What if a business associate has to get in touch with you urgently?

That is why you need a proper marine cell booster that keeps you connected even when you are in the open water, where the nearest cellular tower is at a fair distance away. The best marine cell boosters catch hold of the available signal, and improve it to an appreciable extent. Here's our recommendation for the best product in this category.

Shakespeare Super Halo 3G 4G LTE RV Marine Cellular Booster.

Price: $974.00 USD

The Shakespeare Super Halo is without question the best marine cellular booster out there with weather-proof exterior antenna. It is priced at $974 which is actually pretty reasonable when you consider the utility of the device.

This is an all-weather proof booster that does not shut down even in the worst scenario, such as when there is a natural disaster or an emergency situation. This makes it ideal for marine vehicles such as boats, yachts, and ships. It is also very easy to set up, takes only a few minutes of your time.

This device boosts voice, text, 3G, 4G LTE signals for all cell carriers based in United States and Canada. It helps reduce the problem of dropped calls, missed calls and lack of connectivity when you are out sailing. It can support multiple cell phone users on the boat, yacht or ship simultaneously.

Conclusion.

We hope you enjoyed reading this comprehensive guide to cell phone signal boosters as much as we loved creating it. SignalBooster.com is owned and operated by the Houston, Texas-based Accessory Fulfillment Center, LLC. SignalBooster.com is a retailer, reseller, distributor and installer of signal boosters by SureCall, Wilson-Pro, weBoost, HiBoost, and other leading brands. All devices sold by us receive 60-day money back guarantee and free shipping for all orders over $100 USD within contiguous USA. We're a leading installer of cell phone booster products and have a team of certified professional installers. You may call at 1-855-846-2654 for a free consultation or submit a request for quote to get started immediately.

Happy 2020 - Signal Booster Dot Com


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15 comments

  • What is the solution for 5 G capabilities? I understand that providers cannot provide full capability without it. Who makes the technology?

    Judy Ramey on
  • I’m trying to install a signal booster in Costa Rica. Is there anything in particular that I need to know that would be different than the US? Are there different antenna’s for different types of cellphone signals? Like GSM, CDMA, etc? Or are the boosters able to pick up any type of signal and amplify it?

    Luis Angulo on
  • This is more of a question; if I have a manufacturing area that is a building 200ft by 250ft and go with the ceiling dome antennas, how much separation do I need to make sure I have between the antennas to keep from having problems?

    Dean Jackson on
  • Hi I live in Vermont where the are alot of trees and hills. We get 0-2 bars with AT&T. We would like to boost this so we can discontinue our land service. Our AT&T uses band 14. Does any of the boosters you have cover band 14. We also don’t want to spend thousands of dollars.

    Michelle on
  • Mr. Ford. You ask “Is this really easy to do or do I need a technician?” (test your signal)
    Yes, when you plan to get a cell booster, it is a great idea to test which areas of the house or office has worst signal that you would like improved. This will help determining which type of interior antenna would help the most. For example, panel antennas (usually wall mounted) are directional but project farther – good for long rectagular areas or corridors. On other hand, dome antennas (ceiling mounted in center of home / office / room) broadcast in 360 degrees but don’t broadcast as far as panel antennas.

    To answer your question, testing to check where, and the type of antenna would make the most positive impact can be done by anyone using their own smartphone by putting it in field test mode which is explained at https://www.signalbooster.com/blogs/news/how-to-measure-signal-strength-in-decibels-on-your-cell-phone

    Let me know if this helps.

    Jan Truman on
  • Charlie, as far as your question, “How can you test to see if a bad signal is from inter-cell interference?” you really have your work cut out for you. Unfortunately, for anyone without a RF detection tool like a signal meter, there isn’t a way to determine whether weak or no signal is due to inter-cell interference whereby your carrier’s relevant cell tower is blocked due to other carrier’s irrelevant cell tower in between. They simply experience bad reception and it could be due to this or other factors such as their carrier’s cell tower being too far away or blocked by concrete building(s), etc.

    A RF spectrum analyzer can help determine whether the cause is inter-cell interference, or not. Either way, the solution is the same – a cell phone signal booster which amplifies the low signal that does reach outside the house or building.

    In some cases if inter-cell interference is really bad, installing a cell phone booster system may not be able to compensate. If signals do not improve indoors due to intercell interference problem despite installing a cell signal booster system, signalbooster.com installers use something called a “Channel Filter” that can help fix that problem for good. Those are listed here: https://www.signalbooster.com/collections/channel-filter

    Orlando F. on
  • I’ve known about cell phone signal boosters for 2 years now and I never thought I’d need one more now than I did 2 years ago. It’s still hard trying to get a good signal. I just bought a new phone and I still have problems getting texts on time, etc. I know it’s the signal and not the carrier because I have a new carrier.

    Mitch Bennett on
  • I’ve read some of your other blogs and they discussed testing your signal throughout the house before you get a booster (and I know you discuss field testing your signal with your phone) Is this really easy to do or do I need a technician?

    M.K. Ford on
  • Talk about good timing. New Year’s Eve means parties and people will talk about anything-especially when they’re tipsy-and the subject of lousy cell phone signals came up. I wasn’t sure what all the causes of bad signals are or what all the solutions are. Now, I can say I have a much better idea just what causes them and how to fix them. Special thanks to the guy or gal who wrote this.

    Charlie Niven on
  • Inter-cell Interference? That’s a new one. I’ve heard that being far from a tower can make for bad reception and that materials can block phones. I know I have trouble getting a good signal when I go to the mall. How can you test to see if a bad signal is from inter-cell interference?

    Chuck Niven on
  • This is good. Your stores should put this together in some type of pamphlet. That Pew Research Center (which I used to think was a religious organization) study stated the obvious because everybody has problems with spotty (or terrible) cell phone coverage. Good array of info guys. Let me know if you have a brochure so I can get it.

    Leah Steinfeld on
  • This is such great info to have on hand. Every once in a while I have some cell phone signal issues so I’ll have to give these tips a try next time the issues come about.

    Ashley on
  • There really are a lot of cell phone boosters on the market so it’s inevitable people ask what’s the best cell phone booster out there. I’ve looked at cell phone boosters at amazon and I’ve looked at cell phone boosters for home right here. The thing that appeals to me about signalbooster.com is they have a ton of information on cell phones and cell phone boosters, which means they put considerable customer support behind their product.

    Owen Fulk on
  • You guys did a fantastic job explaining how they work and what to look for when you’re asking, what is the best cell phone booster. I was out of town this weekend staying at an Air BnB in a refurbished basement. The place was nice, but I had a dropped call and the reception was poor because the signals couldn’t get through. That meant my Internet was slow, and my calls had feedback. I kept asking myself if there was any way to boost my cell phone signal without a cell phone booster. There are ways, but I wish I’d had a booster with me.

    Conrad Ellsworth on
  • I had a challenge choosing the right traffic booster, but I appreciate the step-by-step guide you outlined here, quite an easy procedure to follow.

    Catherine Matt on

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