When will there be mobile cellular boosters for FirstNet?

FirstNet. If you’re a police officer, firefighter, or EMT you’ve heard of it. It’s the all new super cell phone network that’s designed just for you. When it’s completely implemented, it will mean you’ll get clear cell service when lives are on the line. It means cellular phones will once again work in emergencies.


AT&T has the exclusive contract from the government to implement FirstNet. They’re the only providers who will have FirstNet phones and FirstNet service. If you want to carry only one phone at work, it will have to be an AT&T phone. That’s not a bad thing, because AT&T is a great provider and they’re getting better all the time.

Putting in FirstNet, a network which will cover over 99.8% of the populated area of the US, means AT&T technicians will be climbing nearly every tower in the country. It also means they’ll be adding new ones. While they are putting in FirstNet service, they’re upgrading towers and adding new ones. They’re building a whole new network for regular folks, too. Data speeds will go up, calls will get clearer, and holes in coverage will disappear. That’s good for everyone.

If you still need a cell booster…

Sometimes no matter how good the coverage is, it’s not good enough. It would be great to roll in with a police car and know that you’re not losing your connection to other first responders. It would be fantastic to drive up with a fire truck and offer better cell service to people in devastated areas. A cell booster certainly does that. Even cell boosters that don’t support FirstNet will help you respond to people in crisis. In fact, you don’t need FirstNet service to help other people, you only need it to communicate with other first responders.

As I write this, there isn’t a mobile cell booster solution for FirstNet. If this article is a little older when you read it, keep searching because that might have changed. Because FirstNet uses different frequencies from regular cell service, the FCC will have to issue a special order to let cell boosters be built for it. That takes time of course. If there’s one thing most Americans can agree on, it’s that things in the federal government are pretty complex. So, it’s going to take some time before we’ll see those rules being changed. Of course, it could happen overnight, but it’s not likely to.

In the meantime, mobile cellular signal boosters from weBoost are an excellent addition to every vehicle. They will help you get signal in places you would never have had it before. And, they work with all carriers. If you still haven’t upgraded to FirstNet, you may have some Verizon or T-Mobile people in your group. That’s ok, everyone’s phone works better with a cell booster.

If you’re not sure which cell booster is for you, just give the professionals a call. The number is 888-233-7563 and our 100% US-based call center is ready for you during weekday business hours. We’ll find the perfect booster system for you and give you all the parts and accessories to make it work perfectly. We’re ready to help!

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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.