Why are cellular signal boosters so expensive?

Quick. Think of your most prized possession. Is it your wedding ring? Your kid’s first blanket? A letter from a departed relative? You probably think it is. I’m here to tell you you’re wrong.

It’s your phone.

Now, maybe you’re not so attached to “this” particular phone. But the “idea” of your phone is critical to you. Think about how you felt the last time you left it at home. Think about what would happen if someone stole it. Now, try to imagine any other thing so valuable that you protect it with a password, your fingerprint, and your face. Your phone is the way you connect to nearly everything in your consciousness.

And it doesn’t actually work that well.

If you’re like most people you have bad cell service at least part of every single day. As I look at my phone here in my office, which is temporarily without a cell booster, I get one paltry little bar. One bar. That’s like an itch in a place you can’t scratch. Will I get my notifications and texts? What if something interesting happens? Will I miss out?

This is something that nearly everyone deals with nearly every day. And they don’t have to, because there’s a solution.

Get a cellular signal booster

A cellular signal booster isn’t just one of those goofy stickers or an antenna you pop onto your phone like it’s 2003. It’s a device that attaches to a building or to your vehicle. It pulls in lots of cell signal with its big antenna and rebroadcasts it inside so you can connect to everyone and everything you want. There’s just one little problem with this incredible piece of technology.

Boosters ain’t cheap.

There, I said it. If you look at the massive selection of cell boosters at Solid Signal, you’ll notice that it’s darn near impossible to get one for under $200, and if you look further you’ll notice that prices go up into the high four figures. That’s a lot of coin, son. Is this all some big conspiracy to jack up rates for something you really need?

There’s a reason they’re pricey.

Actually, several reasons. Let’s take a look at the technology in a cellular booster.

The radios

First, you have a bunch of cellular radios in there. Just like in your phone (which probably cost you $600 or more unless you got some sort of subsidy) there are at least five different two-way radios built into something really small. That kind of tech takes money to make.

The amplifiers

Inside every cell booster are a set of low-noise amplifiers. Pumping up the signal wouldn’t work very well if the pumped up signal wasn’t nice and clean. Low-noise amps like that cost money. But, the real money comes in…

The computers, it’s the computers

A cellular signal booster is a complex system that constantly manages power levels and output amplification and two-way communication. It has to do this so quickly that you don’t even notice any lag in the conversation. In other words, pretty much instantly. A cell booster that put a 3-second lag in every conversation wouldn’t be much good to anyone. These things have to be fast, or they won’t work.

Oh, and mass production

If everyone who needed a cell booster bought one, these things would probably be half the price. That’s how manufacturing works. You have to spread out your development costs over the number of units you want to make. If companies like weBoost and SureCall sold 10 million boosters a year, the cost would be lower for everyone.

Time to take the plunge

Yes it’s true that cell boosters aren’t cheap but they cost less than one year of cell service, less than most phones, and they last for years and years. Plus you get the benefit of faster data, clearer voice, and you’re more available! What are you waiting for? Shop the great selection of cell boosters now at Solid Signal.

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.