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How Do I Boost My Cell Phone Signal?

Posted by on May 26, 2015

How to boost cell phone signal?

Tell me if this has happened to you:

You have got your phone out and you’re using it to look something up, watch a YouTube video, or try to play an app, when you suddenly get a blank page, a buffering video, or a black screen. Yep, you know what’s happened just by looking at your phone. Your once full bar signal is down to two or (yikes!) one bar for no explainable reason other than to, what you assume - drive you crazy.

Or how about this?

You’re on the phone talking to your boyfriend/girlfriend and you’re telling them something when they respond “What?” You try to tell them again and again, but they still can’t hear what you’re saying. You feel extremely frustrated and you look at your phone in disbelief. Why? Your phone was just at a full signal and shouldn’t be having this issue.

To understand why this happens and how you can boost your signal, you first need to briefly know how your cellphone gets a signal.

How Your Cell Phone Receives a Signal

In Pong Wang’s article “How Do Cell Phones Work?” Wang explains that “In the most basic form, a cell phone is essentially a two-way radio, consisting of a radio transmitter and a radio receiver... Cell phones use radio waves to communicate. Radio waves transport digitized voice or data... Cell phones contain at least one radio antenna in order to transmit or receive radio signals.”

Basically, the built-in antenna in your phone picks up an electric signal from your cell phone tower and converts it to a radio wave in order to enable you to hear the other person you’re talking to or to get data. Then it sends that signal back to the cellphone tower as an electric signal to keep the connection going (so you keep being able to talk and/or receive data).

However, though this process of receive and send back is simple, it also demonstrates how easy it is to disrupt.

What Weakens Your Signal

Two of the most common and biggest causes for dropped calls, poor voice, and slow data rates are listed below. 

Distance from a Cell Phone Tower

If we think of how a cell phone gets and uses a signal - by collecting an electric signal from a cell phone tower with a built in antenna. We can see how too much distance from that cell phone tower can cause a problem. Since the signal relies on distance to the cell phone tower, you’re left with a very weak signal. Such a weak signal that your cell phone’s antenna might not always pick it up, or a signal that varies between weak and strong.

Natural and Man-Made Obstructions

The other issue that gets in the way of receiving a signal and sending it back is obstructions. In her article, Wang also states that radio waves can be “absorbed... by surrounding objects before they reach the nearest cell tower” (Wang, “How Do Cell Phones Work?”).

Natural obstructions (trees, hills, etc…) and buildings absorb radio waves and cause signal loss and/or make it difficult for a signal to pass through. This weakens the signal or causes your cell phone to lose it.

To get an image of what is happening, imagine your signal as a video game hero trying to accomplish a mission: to make it to the cell phone tower and create a strong and stable connection. However, he’s already very weak (think Super Mario before he’s had a mushroom), and each obstruction he faces is an enemy he has to fight. He either makes it to the cell tower even weaker than before, or he’s taken out by an enemy (obstruction) before he can make it. So it’s either game over for your hero (your signal doesn’t make it back) or you’ve got a very weak hero (signal).

So with these two problems - distance from a cell tower and obstructions, you’re left with a dilemma. You can’t move (or at least it’s unlikely that you can), and you can’t get rid of every obstacle that could possibly be causing the block, so what can you do?

You can fix the real problem: the weakness and low-transmission of the antenna and inability for you cellphone to boost your signal.

Why Your Antenna and Signal Need a Boost

We have identified the distance and obstruction issues, but what you may not have realized is how your own cellphone antenna is a culprit as well. A built-in cell phone antenna is designed to pick up an electrical signal and send that signal back to a cellphone tower, but that antenna is not strong enough to pick up a weak or far away signal. It also does not have the ability to strengthen the signal enough to make it through the obstructions or to send it a long distance. So what you need is something that can: a weBoost signal booster kit.

Using a weBoost Signal Booster Kit To Boost Your Signal

Cell phone signals for talk and text and voice and data can be boosted by using a combination of a high gain antenna and a bidirectional signal booster, which come in all weBoost signal booster kits (to view these available kits go to https://cellphonesignalbooster.us/weboost/). 

There are two components for ensuring reliable cell phone communication. The first component is receiving a strong signal. A high gain antenna collects weak or distant cell phone signals (better than you cell phone antenna), makes those signals stronger, and sends those strengthened signals to your signal booster. The signal booster then boosts that signal and rebroadcasts it to your cellphone and data card (or to nearby cellphones and data cards of others if you select a kit for multiple users).

The second component is transmitting the signal back to the cell phone tower. With a weBoost bidirectional signal booster you are able to broadcast a much stronger signal back to the cell phone tower at a greater distance.

Therefore, if we go back to that idea of your cellphone signal as a weakened video game hero that has to face a long distance and a lot of enemies (obstructions) in order to accomplish his mission (getting to the cellphone tower to create a reliable signal), he’s not only starting off with more strength (the high antenna - or the figurative Mario mushroom), but he’s also got a super power up (the booster - think a Mario immunity star). This allows him (your signal) to easily power through to his destination (the cell tower) and complete his mission, hence giving you a consistent and strong connection.

While this combination of a high antenna and bidirectional signal booster system is the main way to boost your cell phone signal, weBoost offers many varieties of these kits depending on your specific need and mounting preference.

(To view the different types of weBoost kits available go to https://cellphonesignalbooster.us/differences-between-various-cell-phone-signal-boosters/. All weBoost signal kits are FCC-type accepted and come with patented oscillation protection, which activates within milliseconds to prevent harmful interference to cell sites, and monitors the signal booster to keep it working at optimum performance.)


Wang, Rong. “How Do Cell Phones Work?” Pongcase. n.p., 20 December, 2014. Web. 27 May 2015.

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