Why can’t you buy individual cell booster parts?

One size doesn’t fit all. Yet, when you buy a cell booster, you’re buying the cable, the antennas, the booster, everything. It’s convenient if you are just getting started but it can be annoying if you just need a specific item. Blame the cell companies.

Until early 2014, it was possible to buy just the parts you wanted for a truly customized install. However, none of those parts were approved by your cell carrier and they would tell you that the use of a cell booster potentially voided your agreement with them. Of course, this was based on a lot of far, uncertainty and doubt and not on any real science or anything like that. The good news is that the FCC worked together with cell booster companies and cell carriers to come up with a solution where cell companies would automatically allow you to use approved boosters. Their stipulation was that everything had to be sold in kit form so that it would be much harder for average folks to build these massive frankenbooster setups that could possibly be a problem.

And so it was, that in the spring of 2014, individual cell boosters were no longer sold and from that point forward only full kits were sold. The good news is that these kits are still upgradeable and SolidSignal.com has a wide selection of expansion kits that work with many cell boosters. Also, while it’s not legal to buy the booster itself without a kit, you can buy the antennas and the cables quite easily if you find you’d like to expand things.

Best of all, your friends at Solid Signal can actually work with you to create a custom kit, starting with a pre-made one (yeah, we have to follow the FCC rules) and adding on the cables and antennas that you’ll need for your particular solution. We work with all the major manufacturers and can create a plan for any space from a compact car to a 50,000 square foot warehouse. Our staff of technicians will put together a plan approved by the manufacturer and ready for you to install so that you never have to deal with dead spots again.

So take that, FCC. We may have to start with a kit but (except for the boosters themselves) you can buy individual cell booster parts. Best of all Solid Signal makes it easy.

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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 5,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.