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How to Make the Most of Cell Phone Boosters

Posted by on Feb 06, 2016

Power Cell Phone Booster User

If you're like me, you want to make the most of your investment - Find out how to make the most of your cell phone booster, today! Nearly everyone in the Western world owns a cell phone, and sometimes more than one. These cell phones are used for a wide variety of different types of tasks including phone calls, Internet searches, and getting something done using phone apps. Despite their popularity and advanced features, evidence suggests that the majority of cell phone users experience some kind of cell phone signal problem. Recent surveys have established that nearly 3/4 of the population have experienced dropped calls caused by signal issues, and nearly a third have had regular problems amounting to dropped calls several times a week. This survey suggests that signal issues are one of the most significant problems for cell phone users, and despite carriers and phone companies adding more towers and trying to increase coverage; the problem is still causing inconvenience to a lot of users. For those running their own business, or needing to remain in regular contact with friends or family, or in fact for anyone experiencing this problem, dropped calls can be a serious inconvenience which is not resolved by their cell phone provider. In order to get an effective solution, many cell phone users have to think of alternative methods.

Increasing your signal

If you're one of the many thousands of people each year who suffer from repeated call loss due to weak signals, then there are some options which you can consider. Most cell phone users find that their carriers do try their best to help in attaining better reception, to keep the business of a paying customer. The problem is that building more cell phone towers in the middle of the city, where signals tend to be weak due to obstruction or interference rather than distance, tends to be problematic causing cell phone reception loss in built-up areas. Another problem is that too-distant cell phone towers used by your carrier tend to be the cause in rural areas. Solving these problems will take a long time if you leave it up to your cell phone carrier, so it would make sense to find an alternative to find other ways around this issue. You might choose to invest in a phone with stronger reception, or only use it in areas where you know that you have a good signal. These options are not really practical for most people, and this is why there are other methods on the market that make it easier for people to connect to callers, and not lose calls. Turning to new technology to provide you with the answers that you need can be the first step to ensuring that you are able to make calls when you want, and get long-term solutions to the issue of dropped calls.

Avoiding dropped calls

The consequence of consistently dropped calls means that a number of cell phone users are looking for new ways to get the calls they want. There are several old-wives' tales concerning methods of increasing the signal, from relying upon your Wi-fi all the time, to wrapping foil around your battery area in order to boost battery life. Most users will confirm that there is not much chance of these methods working in a practical fashion, or providing long-term solutions to your problem. Instead of relying upon these temporary fixes, it is time to start considering other methods of solving the issue. One of the most popular ways to restore a weak cell phone signal is to use a cell phone booster.

What is a booster?

These devices are designed to overcome two factors which affect signal loss: A distance related weak signal, and obstructions which are blocking the use of cell phone towers. The purpose of these boosters is to provide a stronger signal while using a mobile phone, even in areas which had previously struggled with reception. Unlike folklore-style methods of improving reception, these use technology to reach out to existing signals. You don't have to use any tin-foil, or rely upon alternative methods to get your signal. If you wish to get the best reception, then using a mobile phone booster will be the best option.

Add signal strength

Cell phone boosters work, as suggested, by making contact with the missing signal. By using a booster, cell phone users can naturally increase the amount of contact that their phone has with the signal tower of their carrier. This makes it easier to get a good signal, and also ensures that there is a significantly reduced chance of getting a dropped call in the future. Using cell phone boosters was once opposed by government bodies, but increased demand for the ability to make use of the boosters has meant that it is now possible to buy and use these devices legally. It means that there is a much better chance of getting a good signal from your device, and also that you will be able to keep your phone in range of a signal regardless of where you are using it in your home, office, or in your car.

Add a booster

In order to make sure that you get an improved signal while using the booster, there are several things that we recommend. Our quick recommendation tool below will guide you to the most appropriate cell phone booster you need. The second option is to research on your own to ensure that you get the right type of cell phone booster to match the needs of your phone. Once you have the right booster, then make sure that you are setting it up in the right way, in order to get the most from the new signal that you will receive. By understanding how signal boosters work, and what the differences between the different types of boosters are, you can understand how to ensure that you get the best signal for your money. If you use the booster without understanding its range or the consequences of using it, then you may find that you don't get a good signal, and could just have wasted your money.

Choosing the perfect booster

Before you apply a booster to your cell phone, you need to select the perfect booster. Like mentioned above, the fastest way to find one is by using our product recommendation application shown below which will guide you to the most suitable cell phone booster for your needs.You may be able to obtain a booster from your cell phone provider, but most often users purchase their own device from electronics stores. Besides, our boosters boost signal phones for phones of your family members from other cellular providers. Generally, cell phone boosters come in two main types. They're available as fem-to-cell or as signal repeaters. This type takes on the form of a cell tower and connects to the nearest cell tower network to amplify signal, while the repeater's antenna broadcasts cellular waves indoors. The perfect booster will depend upon your specific problem and your carrier, because these are provider-specific cellular repeaters.

Fem-to-cells in detail

Femtocells are the most popular variety of signal booster, since they are promoted by cellular service providers as devices which will allow the customer to increase their signal range only for their cellular network. With the use of a good Femtocell, you could increase your signal coverage to an area of as much as 2500 square feet or more. The signal strength on this device means that you get better call reception, ensuring that you don't suffer from dropped calls, or choppy voices, and will also increase data delivery speeds. If you spend a lot of time messaging your customers to and fro, then you could ensure that you get the best delivery speed by using the Femtocell system. This device often has to have a licence to operate, and have to be configured in order to detect the signal carrier that you are using. This can take up a lot of time and effort, but it will provide you with the best reception. The major benefit of the Femtocell is that it will allow you to have coverage in areas where it has previously been impossible, including in basements, in the higher apartments of skyscrapers, and in the mountains.

Despite these benefits, there can be some drawbacks, including the fact that they're only allowed to be used where they have been registered. This was designed to ensure that cell phone providers and carriers couldn't make use of Femtocells to operate mobile phone services in areas where they hadn't bought the frequencies that would carry their signals. Each Fem To Cell has a GPS transmitter/ receiver that allows them to be traced, meaning that the devices have to be used near windows to allow their frequencies to be monitored. There may also be an issue with signal changing, known as "hand-offs", which occur during calls. Most carriers are not able to have their customers phone conduct a handoff during the call, and this means that they cannot move outside of the transmitter's range during a call. If you are working in an office, or in your home, you will need to be careful to stay in one place during your conversation - effectively tying you to the spot as though you were using a landline.

Signal repeaters

Signal repeaters are another method of increasing the strength of your cell phone signal. Users who have problems with dropped calls due to weak signal strength could benefit from this service. The repeater helps to amplify the service, and they are also much more free-range in providing a service. This will allow you to make sure that you get the most from your device, and also that you are able to keep a call going regardless of the signal strength from your carrier.

The benefits of signal repeaters include being able to gather signals from distant towers, meaning that you will be able to get a better signal if you live in rural areas. They're also able to move with the speaker, so that you can travel around your office, or around your home, without suffering dropped calls. In this case, they are better than Fem To Cells in allowing more movement for your device. They are also not restricted by the FCC, meaning that there is no GPS tracker on the device, and the transmitter does not have to be placed in a window but that is helpful.

There are a few downsides to using signal repeaters which has resulted in Femtocells becoming popular too. The first is the fact that they cannot be linked to your carrier's signal directly, and they do not have to be configured. This means that it will not recognize just your phone. All cells within the area of the transmitter will get the signal, so you could be providing a free service to neighbours or other offices in nearby apartments. In addition, the cell phone booster will only pick up a limited number of frequencies, and if you have a particularly weak signal from your carrier, it may not be amplified enough to provide a strong signal. The only way to find out whether you can benefit from the signal repeater is to buy one, and try it out yourself, and by learning the carrier's frequencies so that you can assess whether your cell phone signal will be boosted by the signal repeater.

Setting up the cell phone booster

In order to get the best from your cell phone booster, you need to be able to set it up correctly. As there are a number of different types of boosters, and each one will be operated by a different maker, you need to follow the instructions provided on the box in order to set up the booster correctly.

General instructions

In order to have a general idea of how to set up the device, so that you know what you are aiming for, you should start by removing all of the pieces from the box. You will have an external antenna in most cases. This is the signal provider that attracts signal from nearby cell towers and directs those signal transmissions indoors. It will need to be set up correctly in order to provide the boost you need. Most manufacturers recommend that the external antenna be placed outside the building, either by attaching it to the wall, on the outside of the window, or by placing it or attaching it on the roof. If you have an apartment, then you may not be able to put your antenna onto the roof of the building, and will have to place it on the wall close to the window. If you are not able to get to the outside area of the building, then you should do your best to put the antenna as close to outside spaces as possible, such as on a windowsill or in the attic of your home. If necessary, all our boosters include an appointment card which you can use to set up an appointment to have your cell phone booster installed by a certified technician.

Spacing antennas

When you are positioning this antenna, it is important to calculate the distance between the external and internal antennas. It is recommended that there should be a distance of at least 15 feet between them, as having them too close will affect the delivery of the signal due to oscillation. What is oscillation? Oscillation is kind of a repeating and accelerating feedback like you may have experienced with audio devices when maybe a microphone is too close to a speaker and they both feed each other causing an escalating shrill noise. Similarly, this can happen in radio frequency devices such as these RF amplifier kits. Consider this carefully before you start any installation, as the positioning of the external antenna will directly affect where you place the inner aerial/ antenna.

Placing external antenna inside your attic, for example, will mean that you may not be able to have the internal antenna placed in the bedroom, or in the room immediately below the attic. Once you have the external cable in place, you need to make sure that you attach it to the cable, which will carry the information through to the internal antenna. By hooking the two antennas together, you should be able to enhance the signal strength throughout the property. Place the internal antenna, and then try using your phone to make sure that you get a good signal. If you are not satisfied with the length of the cable available, then you should consider moving the internal antenna until your signal improves. Installing the booster may take some time and effort, but by doing this you will improve your signal strength and ensure that dropped calls are no longer an issue.

Getting the best use from your booster

As with everything electrical, there are certain methods that you can improve your signal booster. The right method for you will depend upon the type of device that you have bought, and your needs when it comes to maintaining a good signal. You may need to look at the cable connecting your booster to the receiver for your signal, or consider placing the antenna inside your room. There are also other tricks that you might use to help you ensure that your cell phone booster doesn't lose signal strength due to interference in the home.

Checking the cable

The first step in improving your signal range is to ensure that there is no interference through the cable you use. There are several ways to do this, including making sure that you get a good quality, short, cable. The longer the cable, the more likely you are to lose the strength of the signal, and the better the quality of cable, the more likely you are to receive a better signal. These are simple steps you can take in order to improve your signal strength. If you simply need more signal power, then rather than using a long cable, you should focus upon finding boosters that are designed to send a strong signal regardless of the length of cable. Naturally, the positioning of the internal antenna will affect the length of the cable, so you need to calculate these carefully in order to get the best result from your signal. When you are using the booster to try to improve signal strength, the length of the cable could become a significant factor in ensuring that the cell phone receives a good signal. When you are installing the booster, try out different lengths of coax cable in order to ensure that you get the best signal possible. If you're not happy with the results of the booster, try using a shorter cable to see whether that can improve the results. We sell all types of coaxial cables.

Fitting antennas

If you are using antenna, then experts recommend putting some distance between these devices in order to get the perfect signal strength. This is a phenomena known as oscillation (as discussed in brief above), and will significantly reduce the power of the signal. In order to improve the reception if you have no option but to fit the antenna close together, then you may try a method known as "shielding". In most cases, simply taking the internal antenna further away will help to prevent oscillation. Vertical separation is often considered the most important part of preventing feedback in your signal strength, and most cases of oscillation in homes are caused by the two antennas being too close together in the vertical plane. In addition, you may choose between using directional antenna, which needs to be pointed directly towards the tower, or omnidirectional which offer you greater convenience but reduced effectiveness. Omnidirectional antennas will need to be separated more than directional antennas, so you may consider the latter if you only have a small area to work in. We sell all types of cellular antennae.

If you find that you cannot place the antenna in a suitable position beneath the external receiver, then you should consider using the option of "antenna shielding". This allows you to put a block between the two antennas, preventing direct communication. You can try this out for yourself by using a metal sheet, placed on the ceiling of the room which is being affected. Something as simple as a roasting pan can be placed between external antenna and inside receiver, and it will provide the devices with enough shielding to reduce oscillation. This simple method can help you to reduce the feedback that you receive on your phone without affecting the signal strength.

If you're using the plug and play weBoost Eqo booster with no external antenna required, place the booster unit near a window - especially an open window because some glass windows have multiple layers of glass with insulated glazing. Insulated glaze forms a very compact multi-layer sandwich of air and glass, which eliminates the need for storm windows. Such windows or windows with Low-E glass (window glass that has a thin and transparent coating that reflects long-wave infrared energy (or heat). Some low emissivity window glass surfaces also reflect significant amounts of short-wave solar infrared energy. Such glass window panes cause a 33 dB attenuation (or signal loss) on both the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz which is substantial but this cell phone booster would still improve reception with up to 70 dB Gain that it offers. Therefore, for optimal results, place the weBoost Eqo amplifier unit near an open window if reception does not improve as much as needed.

You may also benefit from choosing the right type of antenna with your mobile phone booster. As described earlier above, there are two different types of antenna, the omnidirectional and the directional.

Directional antenna

The directional booster, also called "Yagi antenna" has to be carefully lined up with the carrier tower, and will only receive information from the tower directly. However, you may find that you need more than one directional antenna if you receive signals from more than one tower, which will occur if you live in a large town or city. You may also struggle to get a consistent signal if you have an obstacle in the way of the closest tower, since the antenna may jump from one tower to another, losing connection in the process. Directional antennas are best when you have low signal strength and know where your carrier's tower is located, as the directional antenna is much more powerful than other versions.

Omnidirectional antenna

An Omnidirectional antenna can be used where you have to cover a number of towers of different service providers at the same time, and have good signal strength. If you have low signal strength, and there are towers in a number of different directions, causing directional antennas to lose control, then you may need to use a high-gain omnidirectional antenna. These are more expensive than traditional omnidirectional receivers, but they will allow you to harness the signal power without having to buy multiple directional devices. If you are not certain about which is the best option for your needs, and want to ensure that you have a good signal at all times, then you should discuss your options with your cell phone booster supplier or contact us. We may be able to offer you practical advice about using antennas, and also about managing the signal strength of multiple towers.

Blocking interference

A common problem that people experience inside the home is interference. This is caused by electronic devices, which send out signals that may interfere with the ones being sent from your cell phone carrier. In order to ensure that you don't suffer from this issue, you need to place your cell phone receivers and transmitters as far away as possible from other electronic devices such as TVs and computers. This may not be possible in smaller homes, and you may have to think about other ways to stop electronic devices from interfering with the signal. Try to shield the transmitters if you can't keep them a reasonable distance from these devices, and also use the cell phone when the closest devices are turned off. This can be inconvenient if you work from home, for example, but it may help to ensure that your signal strength remains constant, preventing you from suffering dropped calls. Reducing the electronic signal load in the home will help the booster to deliver stronger signals, and ensure that you are able to use your cell phone without constantly falling off calls or dropping out of internet connection.

Making use of cell phone boosters while travelling

When you spend a lot of time in an RV or other vehicle with living space, you will need to carry some kind of cell phone booster in order to improve the reception while on the road and especially when parked for days, weeks, or months on your holiday or vacation plans. Mobile phone technology means that even people who enjoy travelling, without strings, may still want to connect to the world through blogs or social media. Trying to do this when you have limited signal strength can be difficult. Boosters are often the best way to make sure that you get a good signal when you are one the road, and can ensure that you are able to reliably connect to the internet through your mobile phone.

Options in the wilderness

Many cell phone users are surprised by how far away from civilization they can get without having to travel very far. Even a place such as Yellowstone National Park can suffer from cell phone signal loss, and when you are in the wilderness you need the power of a mobile phone even more than usual. Many specialists who work in national parks and the Great Outdoors have a secret, which is that they use cell phone boosters to provide connectivity even while they are tracking animals though the middle of the wilderness. You may have previously used satellite internet connections in order to reach outside world, but most experts will not recommend this method. The system is expensive, slow, and means that it can be used while driving, parked in woods, and leaves you carrying around a large, dusty dish that doesn't always work. You may try Wi-fi mobile connections, but if you are not close to a tower then you may find that you don't even have enough signal strength for that.

Simply adding a booster to your van can improve your signal strength and provide you with sufficient signal strength to allow you to use your mobile for calls and for social media access. Having a mobile phone booster is the best way to ensure that you are always able to use your mobile, and therefore always have contact with your friends and family. When you don't have access to a mobile phone tower at all, you can make use of the cell phone booster to reach out that extra distance to get a cell phone signal. You might not get the whole 5 bars, but you will be able to make and receive calls, which is not bad.

Small boosters

Most cell phone signal boosters for use inside smaller vehicles such as cars and minivans are just plug-in-and-play devices which allow you to get on with travelling around the countryside without having to take too much effort to focus upon using your booster. You can either find a cradle or a wireless, the latter of which is ideal if you have more than one mobile user on the trip. You can get about a single arm's length of range for the antenna. There is one such we offer that can be used in car as well as home for very small areas as a home office desk. Purchase a 2 in 1 home and car cell phone booster, today!

RV boosters

Signal boosters for larger vehicles will have more specialized services, which can include having outside antennas which need to be fixed to the RV in order to get the best signal. You get a much better range inside the vehicle too, which will allow you to ensure that you get great reception. You should always make sure that you are able to get some distance between the interior and exterior antennae, in order to prevent feedback. Therefore, take your time to place antenna correctly. Purchase a RV cell phone booster, today!

Marine boosters

If you want to make use of your mobiles while on board a boat or yacht when going offshore around USA and Canada, then you should consider using a specialist marine kit. This adds to the signal strength from inland towers, and can be useful if you intend to be offshore for long periods of time. Purchase a Marine cell phone booster, today!

Boosting signal strength

Improving the signal strength from these kits is often not necessary, as long as you are happy to have three or four bars rather than the full 5 that you might expect in your home. However, if you have some problems with reception on the RV (caused by interference, or the distance from your vehicle to the nearest cell phone tower), then you may need to consider the placement of your antenna, and the positioning of the device inside your vehicle. Shorter distances may cause interference, but they may also increase the signal strength so that you get reception. There may be some pay-off between the oscillation and the reception, and you will have to judge how much feedback you are willing to have in order to ensure that you get the best reception for your device. Trying out different lengths can help you to assess the range, but you will need to do this when you are in an area without much signal strength in order to succeed.

Managing your boosters

Provide yourself with the best booster kits in order to ensure that you get a great signal, and teach yourself how to fine-tune your own kit in order to get the best response. If you are using a single boost kit for your car, then you may choose to switch from wireless to cradle in order to improve the signal reception and reduce cost, to give you more response bars on your device at lower cost Extending the signal range of your RV or truck can be done easily using these methods, and this will allow you to reach out to more people, and make contact with them easily.


Mobile phones are everywhere, and while the increase in technology means that the phones themselves are constantly changing, and becoming more useful in everyday life, the cell phone provider companies are not changing much to meet customer demand. This means that many people, both in large cities and in rural communities, have to live without mobile phone access. Dropped calls are a singular annoyance, and evidence shows that many people are still being affected by it. In the 21st century, this is no longer acceptable, and there has to be another way around this problem. Hello, cell phone boosters!

How using mobile boosters can help you

The use of mobile phone boosters can be a great help to people who want to make sure that they avoid dropped calls. As more and more people are working away from traditional office settings, this means that they are using mobile devices to connect to their clients and customers. It is vital that calls are not lost and that signal strength remains consistent. Only by ensuring that the mobile phone signal remains at a good strength, maintain a good, consistent call quality with business associates, friends and family, or manage an online work position such as blogging or social media posting. If you are travelling around the country using an RV or truck, then you will also need to make sure that you have a strong signal in case of emergencies, or just to keep up with events in the world. By using a cell phone booster, you will be able to reach out to people from your home, office or from your RV.

Choosing the right booster

If you have decided to buy a cell phone booster, then you may want to make sure that you get the best from the device. There are several ways in which people can ensure that their signal strength is improved using the booster. Firstly, you can make sure that you get the right booster for your needs, depending upon whether you have an obstruction or weak signal strength due to a distant tower. The ability of the booster to improve your cell phone's signal will depend upon what type of problem you have, and how you address it. Choosing the right type of booster will ensure that you get the best improvement in signal strength possible. By ensuring that you get the booster that you need, you help yourself to improve your signal strength without having to do anything else at all. Your cell phone booster provider can offer you information on the right device for your situation, or contact us and we will be glad to help!

Installing the booster

Once you have bought a booster which will help you to improve your signal strength, you can help yourself to get a better signal by installing it correctly. There are several ways in which poor installation can affect your booster: wrong cable length or poor cable quality; poorly positioned antennas or interference within the home. There are several things that you can do to prevent your new booster from being weakened. The placement of the external antenna is often the key to ensuring that you get the best signal strength increase, and can also ensure that there is no problem with your reception. In addition to following the instructions from the manufacturer, you also need to consider options such as blocking out interference using metal sheets, and preventing the cable from weakening the signal strength. You can solve these problems to ensure that you get the best results from your cell phone booster. Or you can request professional help of a certified Wilson installer using appointment car we include with all signal booster kit purchases.

Get the perfect cell phone booster today!

No matter what your situation, or the cause of your weakened cell phone strength, buying a cell phone booster is the best way to ensure that you are able to reach out to callers, from clients to family members. Buying a booster is easy, if you choose an online seller who can help you to work out what you need, and find the right device for your situation. Talking to online experts can give you more confidence in weBoost and Wilson Electronics boosters we offer, and can give you the information you need to find a booster that really works for you. Or simply try our cool tool below to determine the booster you need to prevent further cell phone signal loss. Improve your signal with a booster device, today!

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