Dropped calls? Slow mobile Internet? Millions of cell phone users get frustrated every single day because of poor network reception. The only possible solution that comes to mind to be change your location, your mobile service provider, or both. However, changing your whereabouts is not always an option, and changing your service provider often doesn't improve things.
Poor cell phone signal is usually caused by the combination of two factors: distance to the nearest cell tower and interference cause by obstructions on the way to it. If you find yourself at the edge of your network carrier's coverage area, you are likely to suffer from worsening call quality and lower mobile data speed. On the other hand, any geographical or man-made objects in the path to the closest cell tower create a certain degree of interference. Hills, buildings, walls, windows and trees etc. all further degrade your cell phone signal.
Signal boosters are designed to remedy the poor reception by taking existing cell signal from outside of the building/vehicle, amplifying it and then broadcasting it to an area which previously had only weak or no signal at all. The installation process usually involves mounting an outside antenna on the roof and connecting it by a cable to a signal booster inside the building. The booster then sends the amplified signal to an inside antenna, which is located in the area of poor reception. The system works both ways, which means the signal from your phone gets a boost as well before it is broadcast back to the cell tower.
There are three main things to consider: the carriers/networks you need to support, outside signal strength, and the size of the area that needs improved reception.
It is important to understand that phone signal boosters amplify a limited range of radio frequencies. That means that before purchasing a a signal amplifier you will need to know whether it supports your carrier (e.g. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) and its specific networks you'll want to use (3G, 4G etc.).
Once you know the carrier and the networks you want to use, you will need to determine how strong the current signal is. The weaker it is, the more powerful booster and better antenna you will need. Finally you will need to decide what kind of booster and internal antenna will be suitable for the size the area that needs better coverage.
Below you will find a list of few signal amplifiers available on the market which caught our attention:
weBoost Drive 4G-X was specifically developed for the use in car, truck and RVs. It will amplify your 3G as well as 4G LTE signal up to 32 times and supports maximum 4 devices. The boost means your cell connections will be stronger, which translates to fewer dropped calls, faster downloads and upload data rates. One of the strong points of weBoost Drive 4G-X is that it works on all major U.S. carriers and networks, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others. The installation is simple enough to be performed on your own. Simply follow the instruction manual.
This cell phone signal booster ffrom Wilson Electronics is intended for residential use at your home or office. It significantly improves 4G LTE and 3G signal reception, which means higher phone call quality as well as data transmission speeds. The DT 4G is compatible with all major U.S. mobile carriers and can be used with multiple cellular devices at the same time. The maximum coverage area with the provided antenna is 1500 square feet. All the elements of the system are included: an outside antenna, mounting hardware, coax cable - 60 feet, the booster, and inside antenna and AC power supply.
This booster cradle from weBoost is aimed at car, truck and TV drivers, who often suffer from poor cell signal reception on the go. It supports only one device at a time and is one of the most affordable signal boosters on the market. 3G and 4G LTE signals get amplified up to 32 times for improved connectivity between you and the cell tower. Better call reception, faster uploads and downloads over the Internet. It works on all major U.S. networks. weBoost offers 2-year warranty on this model.