Complete Guide to Cell Phone Signal Boosters
- What is a Cell Phone Booster?
A cell signal booster is just what it sounds like – a device that boosts cellular voice and data signals so you have fewer dropped calls and lost connections, and you get faster data uploads and downloads in weak-signal areas.
Most signal boosters have 3 components, plus coax cable to connect them.
The components are:
- Tower Antenna – usually mounted on the roof of a vehicle, or the roof or side of a building. This antenna communicates with the cell tower.
- Booster Unit – this component amplifies cell signals
- Device Antenna – this antenna is installed indoors or inside your vehicle and communicates with your phone or other cellular devices in your vehicle, home or office.
- Do I need a home cell phone signal booster?
There are many reasons you might need a cell signal booster in your home:
- The most common reason is to improve voice and data connectivity in homes that suffer from dropped or missed calls and poor data performance.
- Cell signal boosters can target specific carrier towers using directional. This allows you to choose a specific cell tower that may have a lower user load, thus providing better voice and data performance.
- Sometimes you’ll get acceptable signal in your home because your carrier has a cell tower located nearby, but you want to accommodate friends and family members who use a different carrier that doesn’t have the same level of signal quality in your home.
- A strong cell signal will reduce your cell phone’s battery consumption. Cell phones use more power when operating with weaker tower signals.
- Top 10 signal booster benefits
- Stronger cell signal – up to 32x
- Fewer dropped calls and lost connections
- Faster data uploads and downloads
- Fewer no-signal ‘dead zones’
- Improved audio quality for voice calls
- Longer battery life on a single charge
- Texts and voice mails hit your inbox sooner
- Larger indoor signal coverage area
- Extended signal range from the cell tower
- Peace of mind – you know you’re connected
- How a cellular booster works
A cell phone signal booster is designed to solve the three main causes of poor cell phone signal in the following ways:
- Distance from the Cell Tower – The signal booster amplifies the weak outside cell signal, both to and from the nearby cell towers, to compensate for the distance.
- Obstacles in the Way – An Omni outside antenna can receive and broadcast strong cell signal in all directions to maximize the chance that the signal will make it around the obstacles in the way.
- Construction Materials – The signal booster uses high-quality cable to route cell signal around the construction materials that are blocking the signal and then distribute it to the areas that need better reception
- As long as you have some usable cell signal outside, a cell phone signal booster should be able to solve your signal problems and provide you with much better service in your home, business or vehicle.
- Types of Cell Phone Boosters
Here are two main types of signal boosters:
- Vehicle signal boosters are designed for use while moving (like while driving in a car) and stopped.
- Building signal boosters are designed to be used in one location only and provide significantly more boosting and coverage than a vehicle signal booster.
- Will a cell phone signal booster work in my home?
Cell signal amplifiers have been available for many years, and the technology is very solid and well-developed, so the answer to this question is “probably.” There are certain conditions under which a booster system will not perform, including:
- There is no signal in your area. A cell phone booster cannot amplify something that does not exist (just as you can’t multiply by zero).
- The cellular amplifier is too weak. If you expect to fill your 2,500-square-foot home with a usable cell signal, then you need to purchase a cell signal booster that has the right level of performance. Make sure your expectations match the system you are purchasing.
- The amplifier boosts the wrong frequencies. Make sure the booster you purchase amplifies the frequencies your carrier uses. For example, Sprint’s LTE Plus service—previously called Spark—operates in the 2500 MHz spectrum, which no cell booster on market will amplify. Older and less-expensive 3G boosters also don’t handle the newer, faster 4G LTE frequencies.
- Help You Choose THE Right Booster!
Help You Choose THE Right Booster!
Let’s start with some basic info on what the signal booster is. You might be already familiar with it. In that case I still strongly recommend you read this section, as I’m going to reveal some insights that are crucial for you in making an educated purchase and…
Not Winding Up With An
Expensive Device You Don’t Need.
As you can guess from its name, a signal booster is meant to amplify the strength of voice and internet data signals (2g, 3g, 4g).
In aggregate, these signals are called mobile signals. So, in the future whenever we refer to a ‘mobile signal’ just bear in mind, we imply both voice and internet data signals.
“Signal booster” is not a single unit.
It comprises 4 constituent units that form the signal booster.
These units are:
- Outside antenna – Mounted on the roof or side of the building. It serves to communicate the signal from the cell tower (your carrier’s cell site that fails to provide you with sufficient mobile signal.) After it captures the signal from the cell tower, the outside antenna broadcasts it to the internal antenna.
- Internal Antenna – installed indoors, receives the signal communicated by the outside antenna and transmits it to the booster unit.
- Booster Unit- receives the signal and amps it up providing a strong signal to the perimeter you chose to cover.
- Coax cable– connect all the units of the booster with each other
Now, when we’ve determined what mobile booster is, we’re getting down to the most important question:
Do you really need a booster?
Let’s determine if you really need a signal booster… and if you do… which booster will suit you best. To know for sure whether your signal needs a boost or not, you have to assess your current signal strength.
Most of the articles on the net will recommend you determine the signal strength based on the amount of bars on the upper right corner of your phone display.
The problem with this method is that the ‘bar’ graph representation varies widely between phone models, device brands and operating systems.
Taking into account that you’re about to shell out some money to buy a device to boost your signal…
You rather be 100% sure you need one!
A much more precise way to measure the signal strength is to read your phone’s decibels… I know this sounds ‘techy’. But don’t worry. There’s nothing complicated about it.
For your convenience, I’m describing the steps you have to take below. Depending on your phone’s operational system (android/IOS) it’ll take you from 30-60 seconds to determine your signal strength in decibels.
Okay, so decibels (dBm) are the standard units for measuring signal strength. They are mostly expressed in negative numbers ex. -85dBM. The lower is the dBm number, the stronger is the signal.
So you have to navigate to your device’s menu to find out how many decibels of a signal your phone receives. In a second I’ll show you how.
But before conducting this test you have to go out from the facility you want to install the booster in.
You see, the signal strength inside doesn’t matter.
Because, even if you don’t have a single signal bar indoors, but your phone displays at least one stable signal bar outside… it’s enough for the outside antenna to detect it.
. And transmit it over to your internal antenna for your booster to amp up the signal and spread all over its coverage area.
So again, go outside before conducting each of these tests.
Below are the instructions on how to check the signal strength on Android and IOS operating systems.
Measuring The Signal Strength On Android
Please note that finding the dBm menu screen varies across device manufacturers, phone models and versions of Android OS. A typical navigation sequence is: Settings –> About Phone –> Status (or Network)
On this screen, view Signal Strength (or Network Type and Strength).
An alternate navigation sequence for some Android phones is:
Settings –> More Options (or More Settings) –> About Phone –> Mobile Networks On this screen, view Signal Strength.
iOS 9 FIELD TEST MODE INSTRUCTIONS
If you have updated your iPhone to iOS 9, follow the instructions directly below. These
instructions are specific to iOS 9. If you’re using an earlier version of iOS, those Test Mode access instructions are further down in the post.
- Dial *3001#12345#*
- Press CALL
- Hold the power button for about 5-7 seconds until you see the “slide to power off” screen.
- Do NOT power off the phone!
- Hold the home button (round button at the bottom) for about 5-7 seconds.
- It will return you to the home screen and the decibel reading will be at the top of your screen.
FIELD TEST MODE INSTRUCTIONS for earlier iOS versions
The instructions below have worked for iPhone 5 models and newer up until the iOS 9 release.
- Go into Settings, then Cellular
- Turn OFF the LTE.
- From your phone keypad, dial *3001#12345#* and press the CALL button.
Your screen will show “Test Mode” and the dBm reading (as a negative number) will display in the upper left side of your screen.
Did you measure your phones decibels? You did? Good, now we can forge ahead and discuss the next topic… Know your frequencies
Have you ever wondered how your phone receives the services of the carrier? Well, the answer may surprise you- via the technology that was invented more than 150 years ago by a man named James Maxwell. I may assure you you’re definitely more than familiar with that technology which is…
Radio waves are being broadcasted on certain frequencies. As an example take radio stations. Each radio station operates on a certain frequency. And, to listen to some radio
show you have to tune your radio to the frequency it’s being broadcasted on (103.3fm, 65.5fm, etc.)
What has this to do with our topic of discussion?
Each and every service your carrier provides – be it 3g, 4g or voice – is being transmitted to your phone through good, old radio waves on a certain frequency.
To enhance the signal, the booster should operate on the exact same frequency on which your carrier delivers the signal you want to boost.
Vodafone supports 3g on the frequency of 2100mhz. So, your signal booster shall be
operating on the frequency of 2100mhz… to match the frequency on which Vodafone delivers the 3g service… and… enhance the signal. O2 supports voice signal on the 1200 frequency. To enhance your voice signal your booster has to operate on 900mhz, etc.
Moreover, there are types of boosters that support more than one frequency. They’re called dual (supports 2 frequencies) and tri-band (supports 3 frequencies) boosters. They provide you with two or three separate frequencies allowing you to enhance signals of two different services…if… they are broadcasted on the frequencies supported by the booster.
For example, a dual-band booster may enhance both your phone’s voice and 3g signals. Triband may empower your 3g, 4g, and voice. You can pick dual-and tri-band boosters as also if you need to enhance the signal of devices supported by different mobile operators.
Okay, so much about boosters. By now you should feel confident about picking a booster.
Because you have all the information you’ll ever need to make an educated purchase.
Now, dear reader, when you’ve learned everything you need to know about picking a Mobile signal booster that fits your needs, another question arises. The last one:
How and Where to buy a Cutting-edge mobile booster at Bargain-basement prices?
We’re surely going to break down that question too… soon. For now, let me ask you… How would you like to be able to?
- Pick the right signal booster in just a couple of clicks? I mean THE right one (considering frequencies, operators, etc.)?
- Buy it at the bargain-basement prices?
- Get it delivered right to your threshold within 3 days… completely free?
- Get step-by-step live guidance straight from the manufacturer and install it in just 15 minutes?
- Moreover, get a 2-year warranty on the booster you’ve picked and a full refund opportunity if, for any reason, you’re not 100% satisfied with your booster?
Would those exciting benefits be something to entice you to make a purchase? If so, consider yourself engaged.
Because we, Phonetonetech.com and personally I, are offering you all the benefits listed above on each and every mobile booster you pick from our shop:
- Free delivery (we offer free delivery WorldWide. Whenever you order a booster, we pack it up, new and shiny, right at the factory and send it out to you!)
- 5-year warranty (if it happens, any detail in you booster breaks or malfunctions, we replace the detail… or even… if it’s more appropriate… we send you a brand new booster!… Free!… and that’s if anything malfunctions within a whole 5-year period!)
- Lifetime support (you get in-depth answers to literally each and every question you have concerning your booster!)
- Low Prices (We’re offering you the lowest price range on the top-notch mobile boosters because we buy them directly from the manufacturer! No middle man fees that add up to the margin!)
- A full refund (If for any reason… any reason at all… you’re not 100% satisfied with your booster, just send it back and get a full refund!)
- Easy-To-Pick-A-Booster On our website you just click on your carrier’s icon, select the signal you want to boost, and… voila! It takes less than 43 sec. to pick a booster 100% corresponding to your needs!)
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