Do weBoost antennas work on digital signals or on analog signals?

Posted by on June 12, 2015

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weBoost antennas work on both digital and analog signals , so you will be able to boost the signal of your cell phone no matter what type of cellphone you have.

To understand whether or not your cellular phone has analog or digital signals, you first have to understand what these are.

Analog Signals

For the purpose of this question, analog signals refer to signals from an analog cell phone . These devices were created back in “1983” and are known as “first generation mobile technology, or 1G” (Brain, Tyson, Layton, “How Cell Phones Work”).  

Therefore, an analog cell phone would be a cell phone with very limited features  such as an old model like the Motorola StarTAC 130 analog cell phone.

Digital Signal

For the purpose of this question, digital signals refer to signals from a digital cell phone . According the Marshall Brain, Jeff Tyson, and Julia Layton in the article, “How Cell Phones Work,” the “first digital cell phones were the second generation (2G) of cellular technology.” Digital cell phones work differently than analog cell phones because they’re able to “covert your voice into binary information (1s and 0s) and then compress it.” This “allows between three and 10 digital cell phone calls to occupy the space of a single analog call” (Brain, Tyson, and Layton, “How Cell Phones Work”).

This means that cellular networks (you carrier) can have more callers on their networks with digital cell phones, which is why most networks are switching to digital technology and users are switching to digital cell phones. With a digital cellphone you also get more features, such as e-mail, apps, and Internet browsing .

Comparing Analog and Digital Cell phones

Despite the shift toward digital, analog and digital cell phones both have pros and cons.

Analog Cell Phone Pros and Cons

The two main pros of analog cell phones are :

·       Better “voice quality” (this means better volume so that voices are easier to hear)

·       More affordable

(Wotel, “Analog. Digital. What’s the Difference”)

The three main cons of analog cell phones are:

·       Limited to what they can do  and less ability to receive and send data (do not offer extra features aside from calling)

·       Less resistant to cell phone “static and signal fading”

·       Difficult to upgrade

(Wotel, “Analog. Digital. What’s the Difference”)

These cell phone options are probably what you would consider if you’re on a budget or if you want to buy a cell phone for a younger child (so that you can stay in contact with them, but don’t have to spend a lot of money).

Digital Cell Phone Pros and Cons

The three main pros of digital cell phones are:

·       Better “voice clarity” (you’re better able to hear what’s being said, even if you don’t get as much volume)

·       More features and better ability to receive and send data (you can call, text, read emails, send emails, play games, search the internet, and more)

·       Easier to upgrade (not only does your cellphone update, but you’re also able to upgrade to better phones more conveniently than with an analog cell phone)

(Wotel, “Analog. Digital. What’s the Difference”)

The three main cons of digital cell phones are:

·       More expensive (the price and the monthly bills can be costly if you’re on a budget)

·       Less quality voice (the quality of the voice is lower)

·       More susceptible to dropped calls

(Wotel, “Analog. Digital. What’s the Difference”)

Digital cell phones are a good option if you want a cell phone with more features and better data capabilities.

Therefore, whether you have static or signal problems with your analog cell phone or dropped calls or poor signal problems with you digital phone - weBoost antennas are there to help.

How weBoost Antennas Work

To amplify your signal, you need to have an outside antenna,  an inside antenna, a signal booster, and cables to connect all three.

The weBoost Installation guide explains how this works: “When using a Signal Booster with antennas, the Outside Antenna will collect the cell tower signal and send it through the cable to the Signal Booster. The signal is then amplified and re-retransmitted through the Inside Antenna into the room. Cell phones and cellular data cards in that area then communicate with the improved signal” (Installation Guide: Adjustable Gain Signal Boosters).

To think of this visually here’s an image.

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(This is a screenshot of the Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars game taken from

For you Command and Conquer fans, imagine that the outside antenna is your harvester. In Command and Conquer, the harvester is a vehicle that harvests Tiberian (or Tiberium) crystals and returns to the base to turn those crystals into money.

Once the harvester (outside antenna) has collected enough crystals (signal), it returns to a specific building to unload the crystals. This building is your signal booster. The building  (signal booster) collects the crystals (signal) and sends it to the machine that converts the crystals into cash. This machine is your inside antenna. The machine (inside antenna) makes the crystals (signal) into money (a stronger and better signal for your cell phone).

Therefore, you can’t have an outside antenna (what gets the signal) without an inside antenna (what converts the signal). It would be like having a harvester and a building with no way to change the crystals into money (signal into a signal for your cell phone). Or it would be like having a building and machine ready to make crystals out of money, but no harvester (so no signal).

What Antennas Are Available

Inside and outside antennas come in kits (along with signal boosters and cables) or can be bought separately. weBoost signal booster kits are available at https://cell and weBoost antennas are available at https://cell

Our antennas have been split into four categories to make it easier for you to find the type of antenna you need:

·       Inside Car (https://cell

·       Outside Car (https://cell

·       Inside Building (https://cell

·       Outside Building  (https://cell 


Brain, Mashall, Jeff Tyson, and Julia Layton. “How Cell Phones Work.” Electonics.howstuffworks. HowStuffWorks, n.d.   June 12 2015.

Installation Guide: Adjustable Gain Signal Boosters . St. George: Wilson Electronics, Inc., 2012. Print.

Wotel, Paul. “Analog. Digital. What’s the Difference?” Telecom.hellodirect. Hello Direct, n.d. June 12 2015.

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