What can you do with an old cell booster?

This Wi-Ex YX500 cell booster was all the rage 8 years ago. It worked well with the older-style analog cell phones and anything else that used the 1900MHz band that was used for voice back then. Today the world has changed and if you’re going to boost your signal you need something that not only covers the 1900MHz band, but the four other bands most commonly used by voice and data services. Today, one band just won’t cut it.

So what can you do with an old cell booster?

Unfortunately not much. Like most older technology today, it’s not designed to be repaired or upgraded. That means, even if its fancy electronics work perfectly, it’s practically useless today. The frequency it boosts is still used, but so are many other ones so the odds that you’ll get the boost you need are pretty slim. Like every other cellular-related thing you used back in 2009, it’s not something you’d want to use today. (Remember that Blackberry you had in 2009? Would you want to use that today?)

So, the best thing to do is responsibly recycle it. At the very least, you’re not putting toxic chemicals into the ground and the raw materials, the plastic and silicon and whatnot, can be used in something else, something that you might actually want to buy.

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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.