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7 Best AT&T MicroCell Replacement Solutions
10th Feb 2020 /
by Wilson Amplifiers / Comments

7 Best AT&T MicroCell Replacement Solutions

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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.


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However, the need for a MicroCell has been replaced by WiFi Calling since phones, especially smartphones, have the ability to connect directly to your router and use WiFi data for voice calls and internet.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


AT&T MicroCell Limitations

The biggest limitation of an AT&T MicroCell is that it only works on 3G signal. They simply have not kept up with the times.

With AT&T launching LTE, 4G, 5Ge, and, soon, 5G...the MicroCell just doesn't cut it anymore.

Perhaps if AT&T had continued supporting the MicroCell, it would have kept up with the times, but that is not a reality we live in. Additionally, the AT&T MicroCell only allowed four devices to be connected at any one time.

Finally, the effective range for the device was only about 40 feet - hardly ideal for covering your whole home and giving you true comfort.


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.


How to Boost Your AT&T Signal


An AT&T Signal Booster amplifies your AT&T 5Ge, 4G, and LTE signal for more bars, stronger reception, and better coverage inside your home, office, or car:

  • Works for all phones & cellular devices: tablet, hotspot, laptop, etc.
  • Complete kits, easy to install.
  • No monthly fees, no need to connect to wifi.
  • Works for all phones and all carriers

See complete cell phone booster 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


The Best AT&T Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home

  • Up to 5,000 sq. ft. of AT&T coverage under best conditions acrpss all bands
  • Up to +65 dB of gain, with 21 dBm uplink and 12 dBm downlink
  • Multiple accessories for maximum coverage and customization (sold separately)
  • Complete coverage for multiple rooms or midsize home for all carriers across multiple devices
  • Outdoor yagi antenna and indoor panel antenna configuration, with stylish fabric front

The weBoost Home MultiRoom is our most popular AT&T cellular booster for home.

It's easy to see why. It lies at the sweet spot of price, aesthetics, and efficiency, with a coverage range that usually works for most people. It features a drill-free installation with antennas that enhance your home decor rather than ruin it. It also works across all three major AT&T bands, including 5Ge.

It also features a higher uplink and downlink power than previous generations of weBoost home boosters, meaning it's more likely to work well in a weak signal area. That said, expect reduced coverage. It's really important to understand that 5000 sq. ft. will only be achieved in optimal conditions, and that 2000-3000 sq. ft. is a much more realistic estimate of your enhanced AT&T coverage - even less in a very weak signal area.

If you live in a very weak signal area, or have a really big house you want to cover, consider its sister product, the weBoost Home Complete.

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Upgrade

  • Up to 7,500 sq. ft. of AT&T coverage under best conditions
  • Up to +72 dB of gain, with 24 dBm uplink and 12 dBm downlink
  • Multiple accessories for maximum coverage and customization (sold separately)
  • Complete coverage for entire home for all carriers across multiple devices
  • Outdoor yagi antenna and indoor panel antenna, with stylish fabric front

Our Review:

The weBoost Home Complete is absolutely the most powerful consumer line booster you can get for enhancing your AT&T coverage. With an additional +5 dB over the Home MultiRoom, it's roughly a shade over 3x more powerful. Like the MultiRoom, it's also capable of boosting signal across all major AT&T bands, including LTE Advanced.

It covers 7500 sq. ft. in optimal conditions, which will almost certainly require more indoor antennas. You're much more likely to see results of around 4,000-5,000 sq ft even with below average outside AT&T signal. Again, fringe zones can expect a little less.

It features an aesthetically pleasing design to fit in with typical home decor.

If you have a really big house out in a very weak signal area, your best option is to go commercial with the Wilson Pro 70 Plus.

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  • 90 Day money back guarantee.
  • Lifetime support.

Budget

  • 1-2 room coverage:
    Improves 4G LTE & 3G coverage up to 1,500 sq ft.
  • High-powered range: Up to +60 dB gain for 32X stronger signal.

Our Review:

The weBoost Home Room 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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A&T Signal Booster For Car

The Best AT&T Cell Phone Signal Booster for Car

  • Up to +50 dB of gain - the max allowed for a mobile signal booster in North America
  • Highest uplink output of any vehicle booster
  • Works for all phones and all carriers, including AT&T
  • Sleek, metallic exterior designed to displace excess heat for peak performance
  • Better talk, text, and data speeds guaranteed

The weBoost Drive Reach is the newest, most powerful vehicle booster from Wilson Electronics, and is an ace at boosting AT&T signal.

A slim outside antenna picks up signal. A discreet 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.

This is the best booster no matter where you live, as not only does it reach farther to the cell towers for rural areas, but it does a better job handling more noisy, urban environments than other signal boosters on the market. Highly recommended for Verizon customers.

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  • 90 Day money back guarantee.
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Budget

  • Boosts Voice, Text Message, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For multiple cell devices
  • Works on AT&T and all major US carriers, 5G Ready
  • Up to +50 dB Gain

Our Review:

The weBoost Drive X has 2x the uplink power compared to the Drive 4G, but less performance than the Drive Reach. At $50 less, however, it's still a good option if you're on a budget.

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Budget

  • Boosts Voice, Text Messages, 4G LTE Data
  • For a single smartphone
  • Boosts AT&T and all major US carriers, 5G Ready
  • 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

Up to 25,000 sq. ft.

  • Boosts voice, text message, 3G & 4G LTE data
  • Works for multiple cell devices
  • Works with all carriers, networks, and phones
  • Up to +70 dB Gain
  • Great for urban areas

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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  • 30 Day money back guarantee.
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FAQ


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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!

4. 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.

5. 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.


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:

  • Free consultation (ask us anything) with our US-based customer support (sales@wilsonamplifiers.com) or call us at 1-800-568-2723.
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  • Better signal or industry-leading 90 money-back guaranteed. No questions asked.
  • We want everyone to be satisfied, so we provide lifetime technical support and a 2-year warranty for all products.

Ask us anything and we'll be glad to help.

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