5 Tips for Choosing a Cell Signal Booster

Are you thinking about getting a cellular phone signal booster? If so, there are a few things you need to know before you buy one. We’re not talking about reading the info on the back of the box, either. There really is a lot to learn about these devices if you want to get the best one for your home, vehicle, or business. Don’t let this intimidate you, though. While there is some technical information involved, cell phone boosters aren’t rocket science. At the heart of it, it’s all about reducing dropped or missed calls and texts and improving data speeds.

You know what makes learning about cellular signal boosters easy? Having a source that you can trust to share what you need to know. The experts at Solid Signal are here for your all your cell phone booster needs. Right here in this blog post we share the info you need to improve your cell phone reception. We’ve even pared it down for you into easily digested details that paint the bigger picture without subjecting you to information overload. So, without any further ado, here are the five most important things you need to know before you buy a cell phone signal booster:

1. Why dB is Important

The dB stands for decibels, and this measurement is very important when it comes choosing your cell phone booster. It determines the strength of your device. Remember, the smallest gain in dB can make a huge difference between one cell booster and another. For example, what’s the gain between a +7db and +10dB? If you said “+3 dB,” you’d be right. If you believed that that wasn’t much of a difference, consider this: it actually represents a doubling of power. Did you know that?

So, how do you know your cell booster has the right dB gain? My recommendation is that you buy one that you can afford. (Hint: the difference in price often equates to a difference in dB gain.) Trust me when I say that you want the most amount of gain you can afford to get. If you’re on a budget, you might want to consider getting a refurbished cellular signal booster. Simply put, it’s a great way to get more dB bang for your buck!

2. Square Footage is a Thing…

… Especially when choosing a cell phone booster for your home or business. (It’s not really an issue when it comes to vehicles.) There are many different types of these devices from a handful of manufacturers. Each one of them provides coverage in buildings of different sizes. When it comes to getting a cell phone booster for your home, Solid Signal typically uses this as a general guide:

  • If you need a boost in a 1,500 square foot area, we recommend the weBoost Home 4G.
  • The weBoost Connect 4G enhances coverage to multiple devices in a 5,000 square foot area.
  • If you need coverage up to 7,500 square feet, there’s always the Connect 4G-X.
  • When it comes to cell phone boosters for businesses, we recommend calling us for a customized solution.

3. “Should I Get 3G or 4G?”

There might have been a time when you could buy a booster for 2G, 3G, or 4G. Now, everyone should get a 4G booster because all modern phones use 4G LTE networks for voice and data. If you just get a 3G booster, it won’t work well in today’s 4G world. And don’t worry about 5G either. Sure, an early rollout has started in some places, but it might be a couple of years before it’s something you actually have to be concerned about. Until then, you can be confident that your 4G booster will see you through because these work with 2G and 3G devices too.

4. Number of Users and Devices

How many people will be using their devices in your vehicle? This is extremely important when deciding what booster you need. Some models, like the weBoost Drive Sleek, are designed for only one phone at a time, while others handle multiple phone calls simultaneously. This is important when it comes to choosing vehicle cell phone boosters. Here a general guide we use to help you find the right vehicle cell phone signal booster:

5. “What About My Business?”

Need a cell phone booster for your business? Well, every company has a different amount of square footage. Each facility also has many wireless devices running at the same time. In these cases, a multi-bandwidth booster is usually the best solution. These units are able to minimize the interference created from having so many devices being used at the same time. To make sure you get the cell booster your company needs, it’s best to get a custom solution for your business.

Call Solid Signal…

Do you have any questions that weren’t covered in the five points above? Don’t panic. The techs at Solid Signal will give you the info you need. Just call us at 888-233-7563. We also carry a full line of cell phone boosters from weBoost as well as Hiboost, Smoothtalker, Surecall, Uniden, and Wilson. If you’re not sure which one you need, we’ll give you an expert product recommendation.

Since we’re already on the subject of reception, are you happy with your cell phone provider? If not, we can help you with that, too. Solid Signal is an AT&T Preferred Dealer, which means we carry the latest cell phone devices and wireless plans. Want to hear all about our latest AT&T wireless promotions? Just give us a call at 888-233-7563. If you don’t have time for a call, just fill out the form below and send it to us. One of our reps will get back to you, usually within one business day.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.