The 8 Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters to Buy in 2017

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We live in a world of ubiquitous connection, one where, at the drop of a hat, we can look up directions, make a call or reply to someone’s text. But what happens when the cell signal is just not strong enough? There’s nothing worse than the frustration of waiting for a message to load or when your call gets dropped. And with so many of us relying on data coverage, it’s more important than ever to have a stable signal. That’s why we scoured the Web for the absolute best cell signal boosters for your home, office or even your car. Read on for a full list of boosters for any price point, any application or any lifestyle (even if that lifestyle just means binge-watching TV on your phone).

weBoost is sort of the biggest name in the game when it comes to cell phone signal boosters, so it was a natural choice for our top spot here. The 4G Booster for 1,500-square-foot spaces is the classic signal booster for anyone looking to step up their signal in a few rooms (perfect for home offices or apartments). It offers the most basic of functions since it just boosts the already existent 4G LTE signal in the spaces, and it’s compatible with all major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Straight Talk and more.

They claim it boosts the signal, both 4G and 3G, up to 32 times as strong as what it was before, which means fewer dropped calls and fewer spinning loading wheels. An added side benefit is the extension of battery life, which weBoost states you could get up to two additional hours of talk time just because your phone isn’t hunting for one or two bars of signal.

The unit is also optimized for audio and video streams, which prevents drops on your entertainment. Just install the outdoor antenna to pull in the existing signal, connect the coax cable to the indoor receiver and connect an indoor antenna for further stability inside. It’s as simple as that, and then you’re ready to rock.

Cisco has a whole host of at-home networking products, so it’s no surprise that their signal booster made it so high on the list. This one operates with slightly different technology in that it requires a working, ethernet-connected Internet signal. It uses this to pull in the cell antenna signal (and some GPS data) to boost your cell signal inside for spaces up to 2,500 square feet. That signal supports a 3G or 4G LTE signal. The design of the microcell tower is rugged and long-lasting, and it’s much smaller than the previous generation of Cisco Microcell tower, so it’ll fit on any work desk and won’t stick out like a sore thumb. In fact, one of the only drawbacks to this device is its limitations with compatibility. In order to use the device, you need to have an official active AT&T account, so while it is a reliable unit from an even more reliable name, you’ll need to look elsewhere if you use Verizon, T-Mobile, or the like.

The SureCall Fusion 5X is the cream of the crop (and has the price tag to match). It comes with a proprietary omnidirectional antenna that goes outside and pulls signal from all directions, so there will be no shortage of signal to boost. It also comes with four internal panel extenders that carry the signal inside the home. The range is a completely head-spinning 20,000 square feet, so you’d be able to power a full factory or a super large estate. It supports talk, text and 4G LTE from the major carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T Mobile and more. On top of that, the receivers inside are SureCall’s first units that don’t have knobs or explicit controls. That’s because the dB and gain optimization happens automatically (you don’t need to figure out the right signal level to work with your space ​because the device will read the signal and extend it the correct amount on its own).

If you don’t want to spend over $300 on a signal booster then you’re going to turn to a slightly less brand-recognized unit like this one from Phonelex. But, don’t let that fool you. This package comes with everything you’ll need to set up a full cell signal boost network. The system works within a frequency range of 824–849 MHz, so it will only work for 3G networks, though it does offer coverage for all the major carriers. It is a drawback that it isn’t going to pull full 4G speeds, but that’s the trade off you’ll make on the price. The service it does offer works well enough, and the pack comes with the signal booster itself, the outdoor Yagi antenna, the indoor Whip antenna and all the mounting materials. It will work for a space size of 1,500 to 2,000 square feet, and with an included 32-foot cable, you’ll be able to place the booster wherever it’s needed in your home for optimal use.

The MobileForce car unit takes all the cell phone signal boosting tech we’ve seen in the larger, multi-unit systems above and packs it into a much smaller, mobile-friendly package. Now, it might seem counter-intuitive to have to set up a signal booster on the go (after all, if you’re driving around you’ll just get varying areas of varying signal strengths). But if phone calls are imperative to your work life, say if you’re a traveling salesman, then having a stable signal in the car, especially while driving in remote areas, is super important.

This unit works with 2G, 3G and 4G networks, and it supports all of the major U.S. carriers, from Verizon to AT&T and beyond. It comes with an outside antenna to mount to the top of the car, an inside antenna, a power supply that works with the cigarette lighter and the unit itself. And it provides a reliable signal boost for no more dropped calls and better reception for texts and data.

This weBoost 4G-X is an insane workhorse that offers a range so massive that it’ll work for large homes, outdoor boosting and even a small office space. So, if you’re looking for something to support your startup business, this could be the unit. Just like the smaller range units, it offers up to 32x stronger cell signal for all major providers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk, and more. It’ll work great for all major cellular connected devices, from phones to tablets to hot spots, even to data-connected notebooks.

The range offers extension is up to 7,500 square feet and it connects via the same method of an outdoor antenna, daisy-chained through the coax cable, to the indoor receiver along with an indoor antenna. This premium, large-space model also offers a unique additional bit of technology called an Automatic Gain Setting that reads the signal condition in and around the building, determines how strong it is and then electronically optimizes the boost needed. It all provides the best, most stable talk, text and data environment for your business.

Covering up to 3,000 square feet, this SureCall Yagi/Whip package is perfect for a medium-sized home. It offers you a clear and consistent signal, boosting from the service you already have, for up to 4G LTE, plus calling and texting on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and more. This will all contribute to less dropped calls, fewer texts not getting through and less waiting for Netflix buffering.

The kit contains an outdoor directional yagi antenna for hyper-accurate signal grabbing, an indoor whip antenna for transmitting it inside, a 50-foot RG-6 coax cable to connect it up and an AC power supply. The units are built with a sturdy metal construction and have a three-year manufacturer’s warranty just in case something does go wrong. It works by collecting the outside signal via the Yagi antenna and sends it inside to the Whip. When you want a strong signal sent out, it works in the reverse, funneling your data through the Whip, out to the Yagi and back to the cell tower.

When all you need is a reliable unit for your small studio apartment, you don’t need to go overboard on the the series-based antenna unit. The EQO is designed and optimized for 1,200 square feet, so it’ll be perfect for your smaller space. It comes with that promised 32x signal boost technology, which steps up your talk, text and 4G LTE data. That better voice gives you less dropped calls, while that 4G LTE boost works with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and the other usual suspects.

It’ll boost signal for tablets, phones and Internet-ready notebooks. It works just the same (and just as reliably) as the rest of the weBoost units with a window-affixed outside antenna unit. Place an inside antenna in a weaker signal area to optimize the tech for your use. It doesn’t have any of that fancy automatic, electronic optimization as the larger units, but with such a small boost area, you can optimize with the onboard controls easily enough.

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