Cellphone signal boosters, also known as signal repeaters and cellular amplifiers, are handy devices that, despite their usefulness, many of us haven’t actually heard of.
This isn’t surprising, though, as most modern areas of the world have decent mobile coverage. This being said, some places such as your forest cabin, mountaintop resort, or old home might lack good coverage, which can make it hard to stay in touch with others.
Since signal boosters aren’t the most popular topic of conversation, you might be wondering how you can ensure that you purchase one that will work and/or what the best one is.
Both of these questions are easy to answer, and we’ve done so in the following reviews.
Best Cellphone Signal Boosters for 2020 – Quick Look
(Click on the name of any Signal Booster to read it’s in-depth review)
|Weboost Connect 4G-X |
|7500 sq. feet||3G/4G LTE|
|Surecall Flare||2500 sq. feet||3G/4G LTE|
|HiBoost 10K |
|10,000 sq. feet||3G/4G LTE|
|Amazboost||5000 sq. feet||3G/4G LTE|
|SolidRF||3500 sq. feet||2G/3G/4G LTE|
|HiBoost Mini||2000 sq. feet||2G/3G/4G LTE|
|Cel-fi Go X||15000 sq. feet||3G/4G LTE|
|Phonetone Booster||2500 sq. feet||4G LTE|
|Goboost PCS||3000 sq. feet||2G/3G/4G LTE|
|A Anntlent Booster||2500 sq. feet||3G/4G LTE|
1. WeBoost Connect 4G-X
We-boost is a very popular brand in the world of signal boosters.
Connect 4G is one of their series of cell phone signal boosters. It is available in different variations with different signal range and overall design.
Connect 4G-X is ideally built for home and offices with a range of 7500 square feet. if you want a signal booster for a smaller location, you can go for Connect 4G, which has a range of 5000 square feet.
If you are living in a rural area and got tired of trying different signal boosters then you are absolutely going to love this.
We boost Connect 4G works great in rural areas.
In most of the rural areas, the only way to get a hold of an internet connection is to either get a satellite connection or go for a cell phone provider. Satellite connection is expensive and would require quite a maintenance.
Cell phone provider, on the other hand, is cheap and easy to get, but would usually catch weak signals. In that condition, WeBoost 4G-X comes as the ultimate solution.
The booster comes with a range of around 7500 square feet, which would be more than enough. However, before installing the booster, you need to go make sure you are installing it at a point that has the strongest connection. To be sure about that, try installing it at various points in the house.
If you have ever used any signal boosters in the past, then you must have faced the problem of battery drainage. it’s true that signal boosters consume some part of the battery and the same happens with WeBoost connect 4G-X, but as compared to other signal boosters the drainage with Connect 4G-X is quite less.
The indoor antenna could be improved to a further extent. It works great for short-range, but once you start getting far away from the antenna, the signals start getting weaker. In short, the antenna doesn’t perform well with concrete walls or any blockage.
- It comes with patented automatic gain technology.
- Consumes only a small percentage of battery.
- Works great in rural areas.
- Compatible with all cell phone providers in the US & Canada.
- Coverage range of 7500 sq. feet.
- Booster gets really hot sometimes.
Though the booster comes with a really hefty price tag, we think the overall features make up to it. It’s compatible with all the cell phone carriers in the market and performs really well in rural areas and woods. If none of the boosters in the market worked for you, this will surely do.
2. Sure call Flare Signal Booster
If we don’t take the WeBoost signal boosters into consideration, then the sure call boosters would be our most probable choice.
Flare Signal booster supports3G/4G LTE network on all the carriers in North America.
The maximum range is around 2500 sq. feet, which makes it ideally suitable for small home and offices.
The sure call signal booster comes with manual gain adjustments so that you can switch between 4G and 3G for better data transfers. The booster also comes with Led indicators on top that are really helpful in knowing what actually going with the signals.
As similar to WeBoost 4G, the sure call flare is also a very powerful signal booster. It not just only improves the cellular signals but also makes sure that your battery is not drained out much as compared to other signal boosters.
With full signals on board, you can easily get a range of around 2500 sq. feet. Technically that would cover 1-2 rooms fully.
The booster is compatible with both 3G and LTE networks and will work with all the cellular networks in North America including Sprint. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.
- Great range of up to 2500 sq. feet.
- Features manual gain adjustment
- supports up to 8 simultaneous users
- Supports all Carriers in North America
- No Cons.
If you are looking for a signal booster for your small home or office, then sure call flare would be a perfect fit. It is ideally built with a range of 2500 sq. feet and comes at a very fair price point.
3. HiBoost 10K Signal Booster
Hiboost 10K has one of the highest range you would ever see in any signal booster.
It comes with a range of 10,000 sq. feet, which is enough to cover a large home or office.
HiBoost 10K supports all the 3G/4G LTE cell phone service providers across North America including Verizon.
Hiboost might be a new brand in North America, but is a very popular brand in Asia, Europe and other parts of the world. It specializes in creating cell phone signal boosters for both small and large home/office and also for Cars, trucks, and RVs.
Hiboost 10K comes with a range of 10,000 sq. feet. Hiboost has some of the other boosters in the market that come with a range of 5000 sq. feet, 2500 sq. feet and some even go up to 15000 sq. ft., which is absolutely insane.
Hiboost 10k also comes Smart Auto and manual gain adjustments function. With AGC (automatic gain controlling system), the signal gain is controlled automatically depending upon the strength of the input signal.
With MGC (manual gain controlling system), you get the option to control the signals manually. To check the signal strengths you can have a look at the indicators at the top.
- An insane range of 10,000 sq. feet
- Comes with both Auto and Manual gain adjustments
- Supports all the carriers in the United States and Canada.
- Can handle up to 150 simultaneous users.
- No Cons.
Hiboost signal booster 10k is a really great signal booster for large home and offices. It comes with really smart features like Auto and Manual gain adjustments. Looking at the price tag it comes with, we would prefer it over the WeBoost connect 4G.
The Amazboost signal booster is known by many to be one of the most affordable signal boosters on the market.
It’s also a favorite for those who are fans of Amazon and the original products it launches. But does it work?
Our In-Depth Review:
Starting with appearance, this signal booster is classic and unassuming. All of its parts and accessories are white and the main body of the device is rectangular in shape, so if you’re looking for a uniquely-shaped booster, you’re out of luck with this one.
However, in terms of ease-of-use, functionality, and durability, the Amazboost stands up to more expensive models with no trouble at all. When setting up the device, we were pleased by how easy to instructions were to understand. The device was mounted and set up within a matter of 10 or so minutes.
According to the specifications, the booster works with all American carriers. For the purpose of our test, we used a Verizon-connected device, a laptop, and a tablet with the purpose of not only testing the functionality of the device but also its claim that multiple devices can be connected and boosted simultaneously.
To add a bit of background information, we set up the antennas inside and outside of our office building, which, on a good day, is lucky to receive 1 or 2 bars. Most of the time, conversations are short and sweet because somewhere throughout the conversation the service cuts out.
The goal of using this booster was to be able to hold a full, 3-minute conversation without having to go outside or call the person back. Once the antennas were correctly positioned and our devices connected, we made our first call.
Thankfully, the booster passed the test! We had a 3-minute and 40-second conversation with no disruptions. Upon using the device more, though, we noticed that the position of the antennas would sometimes seem to change marginally.
These small changes were enough to mess up our signal and we were required to adjust the antennas once or twice to regain adequate signal. Although this wasn’t a big issue for us, it could be a problem for someone with limited mobility, as the antennas need to be mounted. The only other problem we had was that the 30 foot RG6 cable was kind of bulky, as any cord that long is.
One major benefit of the booster, aside from the obvious signal boost, was that the battery life of our connected devices was increased. This, we suspect, is mostly due to how much less time is spent with our device searching for a signal.
Our smartphone got an extra 2 hours of battery life when used minimally and left on standby. It’s hard to say how much longer the battery would have survived if we had been using the phone as much as we would on a daily basis.
- Multiple devices can connect at the same time.
- Increases device battery life.
- Easy to mount.
- Supports most major American carriers.
- Minor antenna position adjustments were necessary.
- It could pose a problem for those with mobility issues.
So, all in all, would we recommend this booster? Probably. It seems to be a solid device and it does work relatively well. The most impressive factor is definitely the multi-device capability. Before purchasing, though, we’d recommend assessing whether you’d be able to gain access to the device’s position should you need to make any adjustments as we did. If you have any doubt about being able to climb ladders or otherwise get to your outside device, it might be a good idea to shop around.
5. SolidRF Cell Phone Booster
It runs a bit on the pricey side, but as far as we can tell, users seem to appreciate what this booster does for them, with reviews averaging 4-5 stars.
Our In-Depth Review:
White like the Amazboost model, there isn’t a ton to say about the visual part of this device. It didn’t strike us as particularly unique or appealing. In fact, it looks virtually the same as the Amazboost we tried out before so we had to double-check that we didn’t mix up any parts.
With one bar outside at the time of setup and no bars inside, we were excited to give another signal booster a try. Opening the package, the kit contained everything necessary for mounting and use: antennas, RG6 coax cable, AC power, screws, and mounting supplies.
Since we are in the United States, we were able to simply plug-and-play with this booster, which was a major plus. Anyone outside of the United States, we learned, would need to register the device before using it. Instead of aimlessly searching for the tower, we downloaded an app to get the job done. We also decided to just try the connection with the smartphone and laptop.
As per usual, we had to mount both antennas -one inside and one out, with the inside antenna pointing in the opposite direction and positioned at a lower elevation. Once we found the correct spot, we stepped back to let the booster do its work.
Expecting to have to go adjust the position, we were shocked that we didn’t have to. The antennas held their position flawlessly, earning a big thumbs op from us in the ease-of-use category. We did notice, however, that according to the LED console monitor, the inside signal wasn’t as strong as the outdoor one. Regardless, though, the signal was stable and visitors who stopped by using different carriers benefited from faster download speeds.
We left the device up for a few days and one of the most prominent things we noticed was, as our guests commented, the increased speed of downloads. We were able to stream Netflix and movies from various online sources without constant buffering and disruptions. Our calls were also better, of course, with the sound being crystal-clear and the call duration meeting out goal of 3 minutes.
- Faster download speeds.
- Fewer call disruptions.
- Stable antenna position.
- Plug-and-play use within the US.
- The inside signal is not as prominent as an outdoor signal.
- Non-US residents must register before use.
Our time using this signal booster was pretty uneventful, which, in our books, is a very good thing. We had no issues once the device was set up and had no reason to adjust, fix, or otherwise mess around with the antenna or position. Everything was smooth sailing. On the topic of the lower inside signal, however, if you have particularly sensitive or old devices that like to resist forming stable connections, you might have an issue using this booster. We have no doubt that you will be able to find a good position and signal, but it might just take you a bit longer.
6. HiBoost Mini
It boasts diverse compatibility and comes with its own tailored app. Talk about handy!
Our In-Depth Review:
With “Boost your bars” as its slogan, we had high hopes for the HiBoost mini booster. Our hopes, although high, were not too high, as the booster did satisfy our needs and earn this relatively positive review. First opening the box, our initial response was that the booster was cute; small in size, compact, and boasting smoothed edges.
It looks more like an internet modem than a signal booster, in our opinion. We did note, though, that the booster is quite heavy for such a small device. This, as far as we’re concerned, wasn’t an issue but a sign of a well-put-together device. Regardless, we moved onto the installation process pretty quickly, eager to try this booster on for size.
We started by downloading the HiBoost app. The app made it easier to find the outdoor signal that is needed to finish the installation process, seeing as the booster does not create its own signal but instead only amplifies existing, very faint signals. We used the app to fine-tune the booster so that we were able to benefit from the highest gain and strongest signal that could be picked up.
We mounted the outdoor antenna on the roof and placed the indoor panel device in the office, where most of the day to day work is conducted and where most of our connectivity issues are noticed. From there, it was pretty much a case of sitting back and be patient.
Within a matter of minutes, we had become accustomed to the new and improved quality of our connections. All of our devices seemed to speed up simultaneously – that’s right, all of our devices were able to run at once, and all were boosted significantly. With this realization, we were able to confirm the booster’s claims that it can boost signals in spaces of up to 2,000 square feet. This being said, it’s also safe to assume that the booster honors its claim to support multiple different users all using different devices.
The downfall of the booster is that it is not a plug-and-play style device. While this isn’t a deal-breaker for us by any means, it may be for others who hold a time-efficient set up in a place of high priority when browsing for new devices and electronics. It’s important to note here that setup is made a lot quicker by using the booster’s name brand app.
- HiBoost app is very helpful in locating strong signals.
- Compact and easy to store.
- Installation is more lengthy than a basic “plug-and-play” booster.
Generally speaking, there’s not a lot to complain about with this signal booster. As far as we can see, it lives up to its reputation. Through its simple setup process and high device compatibility, it was a treat to use. The fact that the device was not an eyesore was a pretty big plus, too, as many boosters are bulky and alien-like in appearance. In addition, the app was a unique idea. Not only was it free to use, but it also ran seamlessly and without any issues. Although it has a simple purpose, it fulfills it just the way it should – by making searching for a signal (no matter how faint) easy.
7. Cel-Fi Go X
It has a simple premise and basic parts but includes a number of highly-advanced technological components.
Our In-Depth Review:
Unboxing the unit, it was a pleasant surprise to see that the kit came with two indoor panel antennas. It also came with what seemed, from first impressions, to be a high-quality outdoor antenna and a sturdy J-mount. In addition to the main features, the kit also came with all the other necessary hardware including 2-way signal splitters, and 3 lengths of 30ft, low-loss cable. All cords, cables, and connectors appeared to be made of durable material and the central device was packaged securely.
We got to work searching for the signal using an app we downloaded for free from the app store. Once we found the signal, we positioned the indoor and outdoor antennas and downloaded the WAVE app. Downloading the app, despite sounding like an easy process, was quite the struggle with the current situation of our connection. Once the app had been downloaded, though, we dove right into exploring it. mAs it turns out, the relatively simple sounding app is packed full of a ton of useful features.
For example, it was able to help us run an “antenna amplification position test”, that essentially told us what the best position for the outdoor antenna was – which would have been helpful when we tried the first booster, the Amazboost. The app also gave us a bunch of useful information such as what band the booster found the signal on and how much signal was being amplified. There was also an option for the app to send an automatic troubleshooting report to the tech support team, but we didn’t need to use that feature during our trial.
When we got everything up and running, we were able to see the results almost instantly. As soon as our smartphone connected, it went from having two bars to five, and the signal stayed strong when we went into the back portion of the building and the office. Our 3-minute call test was passed with flying colors; we were able to hear every word and understand what was said, all while talking for a full 3-minutes.
Upon reading through the permanent installation instructions, we took note that installing the device securely for permanent use would take longer than the quick 30 minutes it took us to install it for temporary use. Regardless of how long it takes to install it, the process itself was a breeze; the time factor only coming in when you consider that most buyers would want to install the booster for long term use and would be aiming for security, peace of mind, and reliability. Another minor downfall is that the booster can’t support Sprint or Verizon 2G/3G.
- High-quality materials and parts.
- The app is very helpful.
- Easy to set up.
- Unable to support Sprint or Verizon 2G/3G.
Overall, it’s safe to say that we would recommend this booster for anyone who has connectivity issues and owns devices compatible with the bandwidth of the booster. The fact that the booster doesn’t work with many of Verizon and Sprint’s classic signal wavelengths is kind of a downer, but, that being said, there are dozens of other perfectly capable signal boosters on the market that DO support both Verizon and Sprint. The technical aspects of this booster kit are great, and, in our opinion, they make up for the lack of accessibility that users could experience.
8. Phonetone Booster
It features a number of unique features and advanced technology, and its reputation is positive. The coverage provided can extend the signal up to 4500 sqft.
Our In-Depth Review:
With a black and white design, the Phonetone signal booster has a bit more of a unique appearance, as it isn’t totally uniform. Its design is nothing special, but it does have a slightly curved tower that looks modern and sleek, standing out from the other boosters.
Set up of this one was pretty simple, with the instructions being easy to read and follow. Having a decent amount of experience with installation from the other boosters, we had it up and running within no time. It took a few minutes to find the strongest signal, but once we had it the connection was unwavering.
It can operate in a variety of locations around the world so long as the frequency band of the device and the signal booster are compatible – a fact that can be easily checked before the purchase. We would have liked to test this out, but only have access to one provider. Leaving the booster hooked up for a few days, there were no service disruptions.
In fact, the automatic signal adjustment property of the booster really seemed to kick in, as there were a few times where we were sure our signal would fade and it – to our great joy- did not. Had there been a disruption, we would have tried to observe the self-oscillation detection system.
That is, the system within the booster that detects a reading of full bars but no actual signal output. When oscillation is detected, the booster reportedly shuts down or reduces its gain (using the automatic gain control) to solve the problem.
We did, however, make use of the booster’s included standby mode, which, when the signal is not in use, brings the booster into a dormant state to save power. This feature was appreciated, as with long term use it seems like it can be a great way to reduce energy and gas bills.
- Handy standby mode to save power.
- Stable connection.
- Overall connection increase and improved download speeds.
- Signal booster isn’t waterproof.
One downfall we did find, though, is that the antennas and box are not waterproof. Therefore, they are not ideal for outside use. You could make a waterproof cover for them if you feel crafty or absolutely need your antenna to be able to withstand the elements, but it would be a rather large pain in the backend. If you need to go to that length, we’d recommend just finding a system that is meant for outdoor use. For indoor use, however, we would highly recommend the signal booster.
9. Goboost PCS Booster
It’s one of the most popular choices for device owners who run on lower frequency networks (2G) and has a dedicated fan base.
Our In-Depth Review:
Off the bat, it was easy to see that this booster is made of high-grade materials. It was heavy in the hand and all of its parts were resistant to the application of gentle pressure. The cords, however, felt a bit thin compared to the bulk of the main components.
Setting the booster up wasn’t an issue; it uses standard mounts and comes with everything you need to place it. As per recommendations from the website, we placed the outside antenna in a relatively open space and the inside antenna in a secure location where it wouldn’t be bumped or jostled. When we connected the coax cables to the antennas, we noticed that they were kind of sticky – not literally, of course, but they were tough to tighten and needed a bit of elbow grease to tighten them to a point where we weren’t worried that they would become loose.
We used the LCD display screen to judge the position for the outdoor antenna, moving it back and forth until we found the strongest signal, which can be easily seen on the display in the form of bar graphs. The display also showed various stats including the gain output, working conditions, and the outdoor signal strength.
We had to expect our hands and arms to be fatigued after holding the device up for installation (due to its weight) but were surprised that the device was actually a lot lighter than it initially seemed. At one point, we had anticipated its weight so much that we nearly dropped the outdoor antenna when attempting to pass it from person to person with one of us up on a ladder.
Connection, once established, was solid and uneventful – just the way we like it. According to our smartphones, a signal was boosted by 3 bars inside and to 5 bars outside. This finding made us evaluate whether it was worth it to do the 30-minute call test, and, at this point, we opted to omit it, expecting that it would pass as the others had.
We did get the chance to evaluate download speeds and streaming, though. Both factors were improved, with streaming speeds seeing the most improvement.
- Improved streaming and download speeds.
- Lightweight but durable.
- An LCD screen displays a variety of useful information.
- Coax cable connectors are difficult to tighten.
Sticky connector cables and weight-related fumbles aside, the GoBoost signal booster is a product that we’d consider to be worth the money. Its instructions are easy to follow and its components are made of high-quality material that we suspect would last the test of time. What it does for download and streaming speeds is probably one of our favorite parts about the product, but of course the general network improvement was welcomed, as well. We also enjoyed the LCD display. We do wonder, though, why the website feels the need to recommend the outdoor antenna be placed in an open area. Since there’s nothing about the recommendation that leads us to believe the manufacturer was trying to hide a faulty production or unresolved design flaw, we’ve chosen to think of it is a piece of good-hearted advice.
10. Anntlent Booster
This signal booster is the first one on our list that is exclusively designed for a certain carrier.
It supports devices that run through AT&T and that use 3 and 4G service, but it has also been known to run certain versions of other carriers, too, which makes its name slightly deceptive.
Our In-Depth Review:
Like we briefly mentioned above, had we not read the specifications on the manufacturer’s website, we would think that the booster was only compatible with AT&T devices. We’re here to tell you, before you huff and give up on this device because you don’t use AT&T, that the booster can run other carriers including Cricket and t-Mobile. We assume that the reason for the confusing marketing name is because the booster has been optimized for AT&T, but is not off-limits to other carriers.
We installed the outdoor antenna on the roof and the indoor, and the whip antenna in our office, which is where we installed the indoor component of all of the other boosters we tried. The booster claims that its range is rather long, but for the purpose of testing, we decided to keep the main component and power supply in the same spot as it had been in previous tests.
The booster can’t create its own signal so we used our trusty app to search for the best signal before attempting to secure the antennas in place. Before using the booster, it needed to be registered. The registration process didn’t take long and we had the booster up and running within less than an hour.
The output of the booster was significant, giving us 5 bars outside and 4 inside. We had company over and each person was pleasantly surprised with the connection speed and improved signal of our building. Going back to the previous part of the review where we mentioned that the signal was supposed to belong?
It was rather disappointing that that claim appeared to fall short of expectations. The optimal range for use was around 10 feet from the secured based; anything further than that and the connection slowly dwindled and died.
The drawbacks of this booster are a bit more prominent than the drawbacks of the last boosters were. That being said, it’s really hard to rate the booster accurately as it seems to have a good mix of positive attributes that are offset by one major negative attribute: the fading connection. Now, it’s important to remember that the fading connection could have been due to an error we made in positioning, but, after accurately testing competing boosters, we feel comfortable giving the booster a shaky half-up thumbs up.
- Versatile in terms of compatible carriers.
- Quick registration.
- Steady connection.
- Connection fades after some distance from the base.
In general, the booster does a decent job. It has high compatibility with a number of major carriers and works well with multiple devices. The product is equipped with a screen for easy readings of your output gain (which we may have forgotten to mention before) and we’re proud to report that, even in direct sunlight, there’s no glare and it is always easy to read – a major bonus for anyone with vision impairments.
Cell Phone Signal Boosters – Buyer’s Guide
The Reasons behind Bad Cell phone signals.
Before we get into the solution to the problem, we need to find out why the problem has occurred?
There could be mainly 3 reasons behind bad cell phone signal reception:
- Your distance from cell phone tower
- Obstacles in the way between your home and tower
- Construction material used in building your home/office.
Distance from Cell phone tower to your house:
This is the most common reason for bad reception.
You got settled in the woods and all the towers are installed in cities, which creates a very big distance gap between you and the cell phone tower.
The closer you stay to the tower, the stronger the connection is. And, the moment to start going far, the connection gets weaker. At some point, it gets so weak that it can’t even hold up a call or Internet connection.
You are likely to suffer from this issue if you are living in rural areas.
Obstacles between your home and Tower
The next reason behind bad signal reception could be too many buildings in the area, some mountains, and hills.
the cell phone signals are usually not able to penetrate these big mountains and building and bounce back.
You can also face this issue if you have underground locations in your house. Signal strength in the underground room is usually weak.
This might come as a surprise, but yes! construction materials can cause signals blockage.
Things like brick, concrete, and block are well-known blockers of cell phone signals.
If you have noticed that the signals get jammed as soon as you step into your house, then the problem is mainly with the construction materials.
How to fix the weak signals issue with a Cell phone Signal Booster
The first question that comes in mind when someone gets to know about signal boosters is if they actually work?
Well, if you have any kind of signals at your location, they will work. However, if you have absolutely zero signals, they then won’t work.
A cell phone signal kit is made of an outside antenna, a signal amplifier, and an inside antenna.
The outside antenna receives the signals from the tower and passes it to the signal amplifier. The signal amplifier improves the signal strength and passes it forward to an indoor antenna. From there the signals are directly absorbed by cell phones.