weBoost Connect 4G Cell Phone Booster Kit
At $549.99 the weBoost Connect 4G is far from cheap. However, it works with all major US carriers and easily outperforms most other cell phone signal boosters on the market. It’s also built to last and comes complete with a wall or window mounting kit that makes it a breeze to install.
Depending on the strength of the outside signal, the weBoost Connect 4G can provide up to 5,000 square feet of inside coverage, which is more than enough for a small home. If this won’t cut it, there’s also a more powerful version – the Connect 4G-X – which can boost cell phone signal up to 7, 500 square feet, making it ideal for larger homes. At $899.97, however, the 4G-X’s price tag starts to verge on the prohibitive.
SureCall Fusion 5s
The SureCall Fusion 5s can boost 2G, 3G, 4G and even LTE signals. With a maximum gain of 75dB, it boasts the highest 4G data rate in the industry, and offers up to 6, 000 square feet of coverage. It works with all major carriers in the US and features simple plug and play installation.
The device comes with both a directional and an omni-directional outside antenna, which gives it more flexibility than the weBoost Connect 4G. An omni-directional antenna receives and transmits the signal from all nearby cell towers, so you can get away with not aiming the antenna precisely and still get good coverage.
Unfortunately, the SureCall Fusion 5s is priced at a whopping $850. While it does have the highest data rate on the market, as well as LTE coverage, it still seems a tad too expensive for the amount of coverage it offers.
Cisco Microcell Wireless Tower Antenna
Unlike the weBoost Connect 4G and the SureCall Fusion 5s, which work by amplifying the cell phone signal from nearby phone masts, the Cisco Microcell Wireless Tower Antenna works as a personal cell tower by using your broadband connection. It’s quite effective at boosting cell phone signal. At $319.75, it’s also a considerably cheaper option than either the weBoost or the SureCall.
The Cisco Microcell’s obvious advantage is that you won’t need to install an outside antenna, since it doesn’t use an outside signal to work. This makes installation that much easier. It also makes the Microcell Wireless Tower an ideal choice if your outside signal is very poor, as you won’t need a minimum signal for it to work (both the weBoost Connect 4G and the SureCall Fusion 5s have a minimum signal requirement under which they won’t work at all).
Cel-Fi Duo 3G/4G/LTE
Like the Cisco Microcell Wireless Tower Antenna, the Cel-Fi Duo is a personal cell tower that boosts your cell phone signal through your broadband connection.
The Cel-Fi Duo offers much better battery life than the Cisco Microcell, which has been known to quickly drain your cell phone battery. It can also cover up to 13, 000 square feet and supports up to 60 simultaneous users, making it ideal for larger homes and offices. At $575, that’s some significant bang for your buck.
Of course, since it’s a personal cell tower, it’s limited to working with only one cellular carrier. Just as the Cisco Microcell is limited to working with AT&T, the Cel-Fi Duo is limited to working with T-Mobile. With such impressive specs, that’s a real shame.
zBoost ZB545 SOHO
At the lower end of the spectrum, the zBoost ZB545 SOHO offers reasonable signal boosting at a more affordable $207.04. Just like it is more expensive counterparts, the zBoost ZB545 SOHO works with most major US cellular providers and supports multiple users at the same time. It also features an omni-directional outside antenna for greater flexibility. Predictably, greater affordability comes with less power and less features. All in all, the device does a great job of boosting cell phone signal in smaller homes, that is if the outside signal is moderately good to begin with. But if you live in a larger space or have particularly bad reception, you’ll need to stretch your budget further to get satisfactory results.