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7 Best AT&T MicroCell Replacement Solutions

on January 28, 2019

AT&T MicroCell

What is an AT&T MicroCell?

When suffering from dropped calls, stuck text messages, and slow internet, an AT&T MicroCell acts like a mini-cell tower, providing signal inside the home or office to give you more bars and coverage for talk & text on 3G.

Unfortunately as of December 31st 2018, AT&T MicroCell has been discontinued.

Why is AT&T MicroCell Not Supported or Working Anymore?

An AT&T MicroCell works by connecting to a broadband landline internet like Comcast, Cox, Verizon Fios, AT&T Fiber, etc. It converts your broadband landline to cell signals and vice versa.

However, the need for a MicroCell has been replaced by WiFi Calling since phones, especially smartphones, have the ability to connect directly to your router and use WiFi data for voice calls and internet.

It bypasses the middleman (AT&T MicroCell) and gives you what you need without needing additional equipment. It's also essentially free.

This is the reason why AT&T MicroCell has been discontinued.

While support for existing AT&T MicroCell devices continues, it's expected to end when AT&T moves on from 3G which is expected to be around 2020-2021.

What are AT&T MicroCell Replacements?

An AT&T Signal Booster is actually better than an AT&T MicroCell.

First, an AT&T Signal Booster takes your existing weak cell signals, amplifies 3G & 4G LTE signal up to 32X, and rebroadcasts the stronger signal into your home, office, or car.

Think of it like a giant megaphone, it enhances the quality and quantity of signal for your phone to pick up.

Second, unlike a MicroCell, it does not need to be connected to ANY landline internet. So if you don't have a landline internet service nor have access to it–especially rural areas, then an AT&T booster is the best choice, since it doesn't require any type of internet or WiFi service to work.

It simply reaches farther to and from the nearest cell tower, bypasses multiple interference, and brings stronger signal to your phone.

Third, an AT&T Signal Boosters does 3G & 4G LTE while the MicroCell does only 3G. 4G LTE is expected to last until 2030-2035 while 3G is expected to be sunsetted in 2020-2021.

What is an AT&T Signal Booster?



An AT&T Signal Booster amplifies your AT&T 3G & 4G LTE signal for more bars, stronger reception, and better coverage inside your home, office, or car:

  1. Works for all phones & cellular devices: tablet, hotspot, laptop, etc.
  2. Complete kits, easy to install.
  3. No monthly fees, no need to connect to wifi. 
  4. Works for all AT&T and AT&T MVNO subsidiaries (Cricket, TracFone, Straight Talk, etc). 
  5. Future proof: Also boosts signal for Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and other major carriers.

See complete AT&T kits for your situation

For homes, whether you're in a remote rural area with an off-the-grid cabin or cottage or in the big city with difficult-to-get-signal buildings, our recommended cell phone boosters get the job done. They'll extend your AT&T network signal with low-cost options for 1-2 rooms up to 7,500 sq ft coverage depending on your model and outside signal.

Our vehicle signal boosters work for cars, sedans, RVs, and even boats.

Enterprise AT&T signal boosters cover up to 100,000+ sq ft buildings, although it takes a dedicated team of installers and planners to get the absolute best service. 

Why be a servant to the cell tower? Bring the cell tower inside your home! Below are our top recommendations. 


AT&T Cell Phone Signal Booster For Home

Our Pick 

weboost connect 4g signal booster

weBoost Connect 4G for AT&T (470103)

  • Boosts Voice, Text Messages, Internet 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For Whole Home Coverage
  • Up to +65 dB Gain

Our Review:

The weBoost Connect 4G has been the most recommended home booster three years in a row for good reason. It's a dependable performer that covers most homes for better service.

The average home size in North America is around 2,500 sq ft. Under absolute best conditions, the Connect 4G covers up to 5,000 sq ft with great outside signal and an open-spaced layout home.

Real world results and customer reviews put it around 2,500 to 3,000 sq ft, a little less for rural areas.  

Great option for most homes, small offices, farm houses, and buildings under 5,000 sq ft wide. If you're getting some spotty reception, we'd recommend to start with this first since this tends to be the Goldilocks or "just right" model. 

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weboost connect 4g-x commercial signal booster

weBoost Connect 4G-X for AT&T (471104)

  • Boosts Voice, Text Messages, Internet 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For Large Building Coverage
  • Up to +70 dB Gain

Our review:

The weBoost Connect 4G-X is absolutely the most powerful consumer line booster you can get. With an additional +5 dB over the Connect 4G, it's roughly a shade over 3x more powerful. 

Best case scenarios can expect coverage up to 7,500 sq ft. More likely results can at least expect 4,000-5,000 sq ft even with below average outside signal. Again, fringe zones can expect a little less.  

If you have extremely poor signal (remote area) or need wide coverage for a building 5,000 sq ft and over like a warehouse, the weBoost Connect 4G-X is your new best friend. 

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Budget

weboost home 4g signal booster

weBoost Home 4G for AT&T (470101)

  • Boosts Voice, Text Messages, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For 1 Room Coverage
  • Up to +60 dB Gain

Our review: 

The weBoost Home 4G is a nice cheap option if you're on a budget and only need spot coverage.

Depending on the outside signal, you may get 1-2 room coverage under best conditions. But you're not here because of best conditions, so it's more realistic to say desktop to small room coverage (about 250 to 500 sq ft). 

Most customers have told us they're much closer to the inside antenna than anticipated for better signal. Great option for single office, home office (SOHO) and small areas like cabins and apartments. Good starter kit if you have decent outside signal but doesn't cover the whole home and not a strong performer in rural areas with poor signal.  

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AT&T Cell Phone Signal Booster For Car

Our Pick 

weboost drive 4g-m signal booster

weBoost Drive 4G-M for AT&T (470121)

  • Boosts Voice, Text, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For a multiple cell devices
  • Up to +50 dB Gain

Our review:

The weBoost Drive 4G-M is the most popular & recommended car signal booster in North America. 

A slim outside antenna picks up signal. An indiscreet inside antenna (usually Velcroed to the driver seat) broadcasts signal inside. You have to be about an arm's length to get the boosted signal, so it's best for your typical sedan, truck, or SUV.

Majority of customers in the city say they're getting at least 2 to 3 more bars. For off-the-grid areas, a few did say they have to be closer to the inside antenna than anticipated to get more bars and amplified signal. Boosts signal up to 4 devices.

Updated: The new & improved version of the weBoost Drive 4G-M features a stronger inside antenna with +5.1 dB gain compared to the +4.3 dB gain of the previous model (# 470108). Links have been updated to point to the new version.

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weboost drive 4g-x signal booster

weBoost Drive 4G-X for AT&T (470510)

  • Boosts Voice, Text Message, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For multiple cell devices
  • Up to +50 dB Gain
  • Pro Model: 60% More reach from and to cell tower

Our review:

The weBoost Drive 4G-X has 2x the uplink power compared to the Drive 4G. 

So that means about 30-60% more reach to the cell tower than your typical car booster.

For drivers in extremely rural or poor signal areas, the Drive 4G-X is the first option to look at. Boosts signal up to 4 devices.

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Budget

weboost drive sleek 4g signal booster

weBoost Drive Sleek for AT&T (470135)

  • Boosts Voice, Text Messages, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For a single smartphone
  • Up to +23 dB Gain

Our review:

The weBoost Drive Sleek is about price and performance for the single user.

It uses a magnetic vent mount and when paired with a bluetooth headset, it really shines for regular talk & text and hands-free navigation. 

Smartphone has to be in the cradle to get maximum signal boost. New design allows for wider smartphones and small tablets. 

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AT&T Cell Phone Signal Booster For Commercial Buildings

wilson pro 70 plus signal booster

WilsonPro 70 Plus for AT&T (463127)

  • Boosts Voice, Text Messages, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For Commercial Building
  • Up to +70 dB Gain

Our review: 

There are many cellular solutions for buildings with a range from 25K to 100K sq ft. This model happens to be the sweet spot with best coverage up to 35,000 sq ft. Many of our professional installers and their enterprise customers have been happy with this one.

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FAQ

Will an AT&T Signal Booster also improve my AT&T hotspot device?

Absolutely.

AT&T mobile hotspot routers use 3G & 4G LTE signals, and that's what signal boosters do: enhance 3G & 4G LTE signal!

From the Nighthawk LTE to AT&T Wireless Internet router, it'll get better signal and speeds, especially if the AT&T 4G router has an external antenna port that can directly connect to the AT&T signal booster.

Will an AT&T Signal Booster work with my AT&T phone?

Yes, yes, and yes.

Whether it's an iPhone, Galaxy, Pixel, or any phone, if it's working on the AT&T network, then a signal booster will also improve reception to your phone.

What if I switch carriers in the future?

Our AT&T signal boosters from Wilson Electronics (weBoost & WilsonPro) are multi-carrier systems. This means they are also compatible with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and other major and local carriers.

They are future-proof!

What about AT&T 5G service?

Yeah... about that.

The 5G standard has not been officially set by the 3GPP. Therefore carriers like AT&T and Verizon are pre-building our their 5G services by upgrading their current 4G LTE and giving it names like 5G Evolution, First on 5G, 5G+,etc.

But no, it's not the real 5G. It's pre-5G, fake 5G– it's literally 4G LTE on steroids.

The real 5G should launch by the end of 2020.

Will 5G make my AT&T signal booster obsolete?

Nope.

4G LTE is still being built out across North America. If fact, 4G LTE is the backbone of the nation's wireless service. It's not going anywhere anytime soon, AND it's getting faster.

4G LTE is expected to peak in 2030-2035. So...come back in a decade and ask the same question and we might hava a different answer by then.


Learn more about cell phone signal boosters with our complete guide:


How May We Help You?

Wilson Amplifiers is the leading provider of cell phone signal boosters. Cell phone boosters amplify 3G & 4G LTE for any phone with any carrier for home, office, or vehicle.

We seriously hate dropped calls and poor coverage, so it's our goal in life to stomp on spotty signal like the little roaches they are:

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We want everyone to be satisfied, so we provide lifetime technical support and a 2-year warranty for all products. 

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