“A cell booster saved my life!”

We hear this kind of story all the time. Here’s a typical one:

I was driving along an empty road in farm country and something happened to my car. It was late at night in the dead of winter. I later found out a tie rod had broken. I skidded off the road and came to a stop safely. When I got out to take a look, I went to call the AAA. That’s when I realized I had no signal.

I had a moment of panic until I realized that I had a cell booster in my car! It was an older one, made by Wilson a few years ago. I didn’t think much about it, I mostly thought of it as a cell phone cradle. I never realized how much it had been helping me.

Sure enough all I had to do was get in the car, put the phone in the cradle, and I had enough signal to make a call. Didn’t take long to get towed to warmth and safety.

It’s a good thing too because I wasn’t really ready to spend a night out in the cold. It’s like the cell booster saved my life.”

This could happen to you.

It could happen to any of us. While AT&T has great cell coverage and most carriers do as well, there are going to be dead spots. There are going to be areas out in the sticks where you get no signal. It’s a simple fact. When an emergency happens, you need to be able to make a call. A cell booster in your car will give you the confidence to go anywhere and know you aren’t more than a phone call away from safety.

This is why you got a cell phone

Remember back in the 1990s when you were thinking about that first cell phone purchase? If you were like most of us, you thought about being stuck on the side of the road and calling for help. In the meantime we’ve all become attached to our phones. We use them for everything and we actually feel anxiety when we’re away from them. It’s an actual psychological condition called “nomophobia.” No I am not making that up.

But thinking back to the early days when cell phone calls were expensive, we thought of them as the perfect thing to have for emergencies. Now of course everyone has a phone and the perfect thing to have for emergencies is a cell phone booster.

How a cell booster helps during an emergency

Cellular signal boosters take weak outside signals from an antenna that’s larger than the one in your phone. They take those signals inside the vehicle, amplify them up to 1,000 times, and rebroadcast them to your phone. They also do the reverse, taking your phone’s signal, amplifying it up to 1,000 times, and sending them out the closest tower.

All this magic happens so fast you don’t even notice a delay. All you notice is that you have service. Most cell boosters are of the cradle type, where you put the phone in a holder and it gets signal that way. If you have more than one person in the car you can use a booster that covers the whole vehicle. These are larger and often require professional installation but they are worth it.

Whichever booster is best for you, you can find the perfect selection of cell boosters for home, office, and vehicle by shopping at Solid Signal. Still not finding what you want? We can configure systems for 100,000 square foot spaces or 500 square foot apartments. Give us a call at 888-233-7563 and we’ll tell you the right solution. If it’s after East Coast business hours, fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you, usually in 24 hours or less.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.