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The Very Best Method to Increase Your 4G LTE Data Speeds

It’s All Connected

One of the most common questions we here at Wilson Amplifiers get is: “Will this booster increase my internet speed?”

Yes and no.

See, what cell phone signal boosters do is increase the strength of cellular signal. It has no effect on WiFi whatsoever. So for your computer or tablet, it won’t have any effect.

Not so for your phone.

LTE Explained

Data reaches your phone from both WiFi and LTE. When no authorized WiFi is found, your phone powers its internet over an LTE network. In other words, when you’re using your GPS in your car, or looking things up on your phone on the go, it’s all done over LTE.

That’s where a signal booster comes in. By strengthening the signal your phone receives, your LTE data speed is drastically increased. Doing that will improve your data speeds, in addition to the benefits of faster texts and crystal clear calls.

All major carriers have united around LTE - AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint all use LTE technology, just using different bandwidths.

How Can I Speed Up My Internet, Then?

Before you start, make sure you’re not connected to a WiFi network and that mobile data is turned on. To turn on mobile data, access your quick settings and make sure it is highlighted. You can also go to the regular settings menu and turn it on from there. This ensures your internet is coming from an LTE cellular network.

With this, your internet is now coming in over cellular frequencies. That’s great, because it means a cellular booster will work for you. Cellular signal travels farther than WiFi, so if you lack a cable connection, this is a much cheaper, more reliable option for fast internet.

A cell phone signal booster takes the existing weak signal, amplifies it up to 32X, and broadcasts the boosted signal throughout your home or car.

Stronger LTE data, signal, and internet:

  1. Better coverage: no need to be at a particular spot or do yoga poses to get signal
  2. Faster data: boosts your 4G and LTE speeds so they are blazing fast
  3. Reliable reception: no more dropped calls, repeating conversation, or static-sounding voices
  4. Consistent service: faster internet, uploads, and downloads.
  5. Works for all phones, carriers, and cellular devices.
  6. Complete kits, easy to install.
  7. No monthly fees, runs entirely off cellular so no need for WiFi.

Below are the best cell phone signal boosters for boosting 4G LTE data speeds, divided by situation:


4G LTE Cellular Signal Booster For Home

Our Pick 

weboost connect 4g signal booster

weBoost Connect 4G (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 and 4G LTE data.

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 (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, resulting in a larger area for you to enjoy your increased 4G LTE data speed.

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 (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 for your 4G LTE data or general cellular signal.

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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4G LTE Cellular Signal Booster For Car

Our Pick 

weboost drive 4g-m signal booster

weBoost Drive 4G-M (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 and highly 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 4G LTE data, so it's best for your typical sedan, truck, or SUV.

The 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 data speeds. 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 (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 for increasing your 4G LTE data speed on the road. Boosts signal up to 4 devices.

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Budget

weboost drive sleek 4g signal booster

weBoost Drive Sleek (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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4G LTE Cellular Signal Booster For Commercial Buildings

wilson pro 70 plus signal booster

WilsonPro 70 Plus (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. If your business relies on 4G LTE data, you won't find a better deal than this.

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FAQ

Will boosting my 4G LTE speeds eat into my data plan?

It shouldn't, although you might find yourself using your allotted data more to where you might eat into it yourself. Definitely keep an eye on your usage rates.

Will this boost 5G signal?

Short answer? No.

Longer answer: The 5G standard has not been officially set by the 3GPP. Therefore carriers like AT&T and Verizon are beginning to build out 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.

Why would I buy a 4G LTE booster when 5G is coming out in 2020?

An excellent question.

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.

Indeed, there are still no defined standards as to what 5G will look like and how it will actually get into your home.

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

Will this help my hotspot?

Yes!

Providing better signal to your phone will increase the power of its hotspot functionality. Think of it as a roundabout way to giving your computer or tablet the data speed boost you want. And it's only limited by the strength of the LTE signal reaching your phone - not some arbitrary restriction given by your cable provider.

Hope this helps!


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 new products.

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