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Anyone have experience with mobile cell phone boosters?

I have seen a Wilson brand in a service truck that took my phone from no coverage to 4 out of 5 bars but that was several years ago.

We barely have cell coverage along the main highways and I have a new contract that is taking me to some very remote areas with very weak cell signals.

AT&T and Verizon are the only carriers that have any reasonable coverage around here. I have AT&T.

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I don't have either of these, but have looked at them both for extended coverage.   Maybe the links below will help.  There are lots of Youtube.com reviews.

https://www.weboost.com/

https://www.surecall.com/signal-booster/cat/vehicle/

https://www.signalbooster.com/blogs/news/surecall-vs-weboost

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Romans9 said:

Anyone have experience with mobile cell phone boosters?

I have seen a Wilson brand in a service truck that took my phone from no coverage to 4 out of 5 bars but that was several years ago.

We barely have cell coverage along the main highways and I have a new contract that is taking me to some very remote areas with very weak cell signals.

AT&T and Verizon are the only carriers that have any reasonable coverage around here. I have AT&T.

I have a Wilson booster in my truck, it works as advertised. There are several things to consider. In order to work properly, there must be at least a small signal for it to pick up and amplify, so if you're too far out, it's not going to pick up anything, you just can't amplify zero. 

Another consideration is that signal boosters pick up and amplify the signal at the same frequency, so if it isn't properly designed (like the Wilson brand units are) it will transmit too powerful a signal, pick that signal up again and amplify it and drown itself in a feedback loop. That's why it's important to mount the receiving antenna up high and as far away from the transmitting antenna as possible. Usually the transmitting antenna is inside the cab and is a cradle like unit, to be used very close to the cell phone to prevent feedback.

The other consideration is to do your homework when it comes to data frequencies. Voice frequencies are different than data frequencies and even within each carrier, they have different bands which are numbered. I believe there are a total of 71 bands within the US assigned to the various carriers. The bands are assigned to specific frequencies and you must do your research and make sure that the unit you buy covers the frequencies used by your carrier, especially for 4G/LTE.

Here's a chart showing carrier band assignments.  Make sure your signal booster covers the frequencies listed for your carrier.

 

Carrier's Name 3G Frequencies 4G frequencies
Appalachian Wireless 3G : 800 MHz, Band 0 (CDMA). 4G : 700 MHz Block C, Band 13 (LTE).
AT & T  3G : 850 MHz Cellular, Band 5 (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE). 1900 MHz PCS , Band 2 (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE). 850 MHz Cellular, Band 5 (UMTS/ HSPA+ up to 21 Mbit/s). 1900 MHz PCS , Band 2 (UMTS/ HSPA+ up to 21 Mbit/s).  4G : 700 MHz Lower B/C, Band 12/17 (LTE). 850 MHz Cellular, Band 5 (LTE). 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS, Band 4 (LTE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE). 2300 MHz WCS, Band 30 (LTE).
Bluegrass Cellular 3G : 850 MHz, Band 0 (CDMA). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (CDMA). 4G : 700 MHz Upper Block C, Band 13 (LTE). 700 MHz Block A, Band 12 (LTE).
Boost Mobile 3G : 850 MHz Cellular, Band 5 (CDMA2000). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (1xRTT/ 1xAdvanced/ EVDO/ eHRPD).  4G : 700 MHz Block C, Band 13 (LTE).
C Spire 3G : 800 MHz, Band 10 (CDMA). 700 MHz AWS Lower Block A/C, Band 12/13 (CDMA). 1900 MHz, Band 1 (CDMA). 4G: 1700 MHz AWS, Band 4 (LTE). 1900 MHz, Band 2 (LTE). 1.9 GHz (LTE).
Carolina West  3G : 800 MHz, Band 0 (CDMA). 4G : 700 MHz Block C, Band 13 (LTE).
Cellcom  3G : 700 MHz AWS 1 (CDMA2000). 800/ 1900 PCS MHz (CDMA2000). 4G : 1800 AWS MHz, Band 3 (LTE).
Cellular One 3G : 850 MHz/ 1900 MHz (GSM). 4G : 700 MHz Block C, Band 13 (LTE).
Consumer Cellular 3G : 850 MHz Cellular, Band 5 (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE). 4G : 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS, Band 4 (LTE).
Cricket Wireless 3G : 850 MHz (GSM/ GPRS, 2.5 G). 1900 MHz PCS (GSM/ EDGE, 2.5 G). 850 MHz, Band 5 (UMTS/ HSDPA/ HSUPA/ HSPA+). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (UMTS/ HSDPA/ HSUPA/ HSPA+). 4G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE). 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS 1, Band 4 (LTE). 700 MHz, Lower B/C, Band 17 (LTE). 2300 MHz WCS, Band 30 (LTE).
FreedomPop 3G : 800 MHz Secondary, BC10 (CDMA-CDMA2000 1xRTT/ CDMA2000 1xEV-DORel.0 /CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev B). 1900 MHz PCS, BC1 (CDMA-CDMA2000 1xRTT/ CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0/CDMA2000. 1xEV-DO Rev A/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev B). 4G : 1900+ MHz, Band 25 (LTE). 850+ MHz, Band 26 (LTE). 2500 MHz TD, Band 41 (LTE).
GCI Wireless 3G : 1900 MHz (GSM/ HSPA). 1900/ 850 MHz (CDMA). 4G : 2100/ 1700 MHz (LTE).
Google Fi 3G : 1900 MHz PCS (GSM-GPRS/ EDGE)
, 1900 MHz PCS, BC1 (CDMA-CDMAONE, CDMA2000 1xRTT, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A).
 Secondary 800 MHz, BC10 (CDMA-CDMAONE, CDMA2000 1xRTT, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A).
 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (UMTS-UMTS/ HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+).
 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS1, Band 4 (UMTS-UMTS/ HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+).
 4G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE).
 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS1, Band 4 (LTE).
 700 MHz AC, Band 12 (LTE).
 1900 + MHz, Band 25 (LTE). 850 + MHz, Band 26 (LTE).
 TD 2500 MHz, Band 41 (LTE).
H2O Wireless 3G : 850 MHz (GSM-GPRS/ EDGE).
 900 MHz PCS (GSM-GPRS/ EDGE).
 850 MHz, Band 5 (UMTS-UMTS/ HSDPA/ HSUPA/ HSPA+).
 1900 PCS, Band 2 (UMTS-UMTS/ HSDPA/ HSUPA/ HSPA+). 4G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE).
 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS 1, Band 4 (LTE).
 700 MHz, Band 17 B/C (LTE).
 2300 MHz WCS, Band 30 (LTE).

Illinois Valley Cellular 3G : 800 and 1900 MHz (CDMA2000). 4G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (700 LTE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE 700). 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS, Band 41 (TD-LTE700/ LTE Advanced).
Inland Cellular 3G : 835 - 845 MHz, Block B Band 2 (CDMA2000). 880 - 890 MHz, Block B Band 2 (CDMA2000). 4G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (LTE700). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE700). 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS, Band 41 (TD-LTE700/ LTE Advanced).
Metro PCS  3G : 1900 PCS MHz (GSM/ UMTS/ HSPA+). 1700/ 2100 AWS MHz (GSM/ UMTS/ HSPA+ ). 4G : 700 MHz, Band 17 (LTE). 850 MHz, Band 4 (LTE). 1700/ 2100 AWS MHz, Band 4 (LTE). 1900 PCS MHz, Band 2 (LTE).
Net 10 3G : 850 MHz Cellular, Band 5 (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2(GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE). 1700 MHz AWS, Band 4 (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE). 4G : 700 MHz Lower B/C, Band 12/17 (LTE). 850 MHz Cellular, Band 5 (LTE).
nTelos Wireless 3G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 10 (CDMA/ 1xAdvanced) . 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (1xRTT/ 1xAdvanced/ EVDO/ eHRPD). 4G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (LTE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE). 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS at 2496 to 2690 MHz, Band 41 (TD-LTE/ LTE Advanced).
Pioneer Cellular 3G : 700 MHz (CDMA2000). 4G: 700 MHz, Band 13 (LTE).
Pine Cellular 3G : 850 MHz(GSM/ UMTS/ HSPA+/ EDGE). 4G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (LTE700). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE700) 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS, Band 41 (TD-LTE/ 700LTE Advanced).
Republic Wireless 3G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (UMTS).
 1700/2100 MHz AWS, Band 4 (UMTS).
 1900 MHz (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE). 4G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE).
 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS, Band 4 (LTE).
 700 MHz Lower Block A/C, Band 12 (LTE).
RingPlus 3G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 10 (CDMA/ 1xAdvanced). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (1xRTT/ 1xAdvanced/ EVDO/ eHRPD). 4G: 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (LTE).
 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE).
 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS, Band 41 (TD-LTE/ LTE Advanced).
Shentel 3G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 10 (CDMA/ 1xAdvanced). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (1xRTT/ 1xAdvanced/ EVDO/ eHRPD). 4G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (LTE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE). 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS, Band 41 (TD-LTE/ LTE Advanced).
Simple Mobile 3G : 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS, Band 4 (UMTS/ HSPA+, HSPA). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE). 4G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE). 700 MHz Lower Block A, Band 12 (LTE). 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS, Band 4 (UMTS/ HSPA+/ LTE).
Sprint  3G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 10 (CDMA/ 1xAdvanced). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (1xRTT/ 1xAdvanced/ EVDO/ eHRPD). 4G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (LTE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE). 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS, Band 41 (TD-LTE/ LTE Advanced).
Straight Talk 3G : 850 MHz (GSM-GPRS/ EDGE/ UMTS/ HSPA/ HSPA+). 900 MHz (GSM-GPRS/ EDGE/ UMTS/ HSPA/ HSPA+). 1800 MHz (GSM-GPRS/ EDGE/ UMTS/ HSPA/ HSPA+). 1900 MHz (GSM-GPRS/ EDGE/ UMTS/ HSPA/ HSPA+/ 1xRTT/ EVDO). 4G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (LTE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE). 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS, Band 41 (TD-LTE/LTE Advanced).
T-Mobile  3G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE/ UMTS/ HSPA+). 4G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE). 700 MHz Lower Block A, Band 12 (LTE). 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS, Band 4 (UMTS/ HSPA+/ LTE).
Ting 3G : 1900 MHz PCS (GSM-GPRS/ EDGE). 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS 1, Band 4 (UMTS/ UMTS/ HSPA+). 4G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE). 1700/2100 AWS 1, Band 4 (LTE). 700 MHz, Lower A/C, band 12 (LTE).
Total Wireless 3G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 10 (CDMA/ 1xAdvanced).
 4G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (1xRTT/ EV-DO/ eHRPD).
 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE).
TPO Mobile 3G : 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS, Band 4 (GSM-UMTS/ HSPA+).
 4G : 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (GSM-LTE). 1850 - 1990 MHz (CDMA-LTE).
 700 MHz Lower Block A, Band 12 (GSM-LTE).

Tracfone 3G : 900/ 1800 MHz (CDMA).  4G : 700 MHz, Band 13 (LTE). 1900 MHz, Band 2 (LTE).
Twigby 3G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 10 (CDMA/ 1xAdvanced). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (1xRTT/ 1xAdvanced/ EVDO/ eHRPD).

 4G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (LTE).
 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE).
 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS, Band 41 (TD-LTE/ LTE Advanced).
U.S. Cellular 3G : 850 MHz Cellular, Band 5 (1xRTT CDMA). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (CDMA). 4G : 700 MHz Lower A/B/C 2/4/5/12 (LTE). 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS, Band 1/3 (LTE).
Verizon Wireless 3G : 850 MHz, Band 0 (CDMA). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (CDMA). 4G : 700 MHz Block C, Band 13 (LTE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (1xRTT/ EV-DO/ eHRPD). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 2 (LTE). 1700/ 2100 MHz AWS, Band 4 (LTE).
Virgin Mobile USA 3G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 10 (CDMA/ 1xAdvanced). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 1 (1xRTT/ 1xAdvanced/ EVDO/ eHRPD). 2500 MHz (WiMax). 4G : 800 MHz ESMR, Band 26 (LTE). 1900 MHz PCS, Band 25 (LTE). 2.5 GHz BRS/ EBS, Band 41 (TD-LTE/ LTE Advanced).

 

 

New 4G FDD LTE and 4G TDD LTE Frequencies included in select 4G signal boosters.

4G FDD LTE Frequencies:

  • B1 (2100) is Band 1 on 2100 MHz.
  • B2 (1900) is Band 2 on 1900 MHz.
  • B3 (1800) is Band 3 on 1800 MHz.
  • B4 (AWS) is band 4 on AWS Network.
  • B5 (850) is band 5 on 850 MHz.
  • B7 (2600) is Band 7 on 2600 MHz.
  • B8 (900) is Band 8 on 900 MHz.
  • B12 (700) is Band 12 on 700 MHz.
  • B13 (700) is Band 13 on 700 MHz.
  • B17 (700) is Band 17, on 700 MHz. 
  • B18 (800) is Band 18 on 700 MHz.
  • B19 (800) is Band 18 on 800 MHz.
  • B20 (800) is Band 8 on 800 MHz. 
  • B25 (1900) is Band 25 on 1900 MHz.
  • B26 (800) is Band 26 on 800 MHz.
  • B28 (700) is Band 28 on 700 MHz.
  • B29 (700) is Band 29 on 700 MHz.
  • B30 (2300) is Band 30 on 2300 MHz.

4G TDD LTE Frequencies:

  • B38 (2600) is Band 38 on 2600 MHz.
  • B39 (1900) is Band 39 on 1900 MHz.
  • B40 (2300) is Band 40 on 2300 MHz.
  • B41 (2500) is Band B41 on 2500 MHz.

For a chart of all other allocated radio frequencies including maritime & fixed satellite, please visit: USA Radio Frequencies Spectrum Allocations

 

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I use to camp in Utah on the mountain with zero cell phone service and some people were using  the Wilson booster service and it work great. They also had a Wilson booster at the general store and you could set in the chair under the spot and get cell service. DON~~~

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I need one for my motorhome 

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If you get one get the one from wilson get the home version it is stronger and you can get the trucker antennas cheap and use the home system.  the RV ones they sell suck.  $900 and i have internet and calls in Glamis anywhere in my motorhome

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I know a home one works great and are free from at&t or t-mobile  

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Voice and data are no longer on different freqs  if your phone has VoLTE.

Do not, I repeat, do not think the el cheapo china boosters from Amazon work. They only do one freq and usually make things worse for you and everyone. Spend the money and get a good brand name and follow all directions. Like Socal said, antenna separation is the key.

And please dont drive around with them on if there is signal. Only use when there is no signal or it jacks up the network.

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37 minutes ago, Mongo said:

Voice and data are no longer on different freqs  if your phone has VoLTE.

Do not, I repeat, do not think the el cheapo china boosters from Amazon work. They only do one freq and usually make things worse for you and everyone. Spend the money and get a good brand name and follow all directions. Like Socal said, antenna separation is the key.

And please dont drive around with them on if there is signal. Only use when there is no signal or it jacks up the network.

 

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