Best Signal Boosters for Cars, Trucks, and Marine Vehicles

Best Signal Boosters for Cars, Trucks, and Marine Vehicles

Written by Wilson Amplifiers
21st Feb 2021

What Causes Bad Cell Phone Reception?

Over 90% of Americans own a cell phone and 72% of them occasionally experience poor signal according to a Pew Reseach Center study.

Despite what you think, it's only going to get worse. Why?

  • Cell tower distance: Physical distance and power transmission distance.
  • More people, more phones: With more devices connecting to one source, the less speed and service you receive.
  • Metal: Anything metal absolutely disrupts 4G, LTE, and 5G signal from reaching inside your vehicle.

In remote, rural areas, distance from cell tower is usually the biggest culprit of poor reception. Although mountains, hills, and tall trees also disrupt cell signals easily.

In the city, interference between your phone and tower is usually the biggest factor. Also depending on your vehicle, metal, glass, and other material can weaken or entirely block cell signals from effectively reaching your phone.

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How to Get Better Signal in Your Car, Truck, or Boat

A signal booster helps boost weak 4G, LTE, 5G signals in your vehicle. It does this with 3 pieces of equipment:

  • The Outside Antenna pulls in the existing cellular signal.
  • The Amplifier boosts the signal with patented technology.
  • The Inside Antenna rebroadcasts the enhanced signal throughout your vehicle.

All this results in better talk & text, crystal clear calls, reliable service & reception, fast internet, and more bars.

Here are your guarantees:

  • Works for all carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and more.
  • Works for all cellular devices: smartphones, tablets, laptop, hotspot, anything that uses 4G, LTE, or 5G
  • Complete kits, easy to install.
  • No monthly fees, no need to connect to wifi.
  • 90 day money back guarantee: Our goal is simple, you get better signal and be happy.

Below is our curated, expert-defined list of the best cellular amplifiers for cars, trucks, or boats.

Best Signal Boosters For Cars, Trucks, and Boats

The Best Signal Booster for Cars

weboost drive reach
weBoost Drive Reach - 470154

Powerful booster for drivers in remote and urban areas.

Buy Now at $499.99
  • 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 across all carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and more
  • 5G ready
  • Sleek, metallic exterior designed to displace excess heat for peak performance
  • Better talk, text, and data speeds guaranteed
  • Extremely customizable, with variants for any type of vehicle and situation

The weBoost Drive Reach is the newest, most powerful vehicle booster from Wilson Electronics. When compared to other vehicle boosters, the Drive Reach offers double the uplink output power to reach cell towers that are 2x further for superior signal strength. As a result, it'll work in the most rural of roads and highways.

A slim outside antenna picks up the signals, and an indiscreet inside antenna (usually Velcroed to the driver seat) broadcasts the signal inside your vehicle. For optimal results, you have to be about an arm's length from the inside antenna to get the boosted signal, so it's best for your typical sedan, truck, or SUV, but will work with any vehicle.

The amplifier's sleek metallic design not only makes the booster look cool but also displaces excess heat to keep the booster working at optimal performance.

Overall, the Drive Reach is a great investment for people who live or frequently drive in rural areas where the distance to and from cell towers is the biggest problem. People in urban areas may get away with a less expensive model, but for people who live off the grid, this is the first unit we recommend.

The Best Value Signal Booster for Cars

weboost drive x
weBoost Drive X - 475021

For drivers in urban, suburban, and some rural areas.

Buy Now at $399.99
  • 5G ready booster. Boosts Voice, Text Message, 4G LTE and 3G Data
  • For multiple cell devices
  • Works with all cellular devices across all carriers
  • Up to +50 dB Gain
  • Extremely customizable, with variants for any type of vehicle and situation

The weBoost Drive X is another powerful car cell phone booster capable of boosting up to 4 cellular devices. It’s more powerful than the old Drive 4G but not as powerful as the Drive Reach. Ideal for drivers in urban, suburban, and some rural areas.

With its +50 dB of gain and more range than its predecessor, it can communicate with relatively far distanced towers to provide you and your passengers with enhanced 3G and 4G LTE signals. It’s even 5G ready! It's an all-around performer for the city and the countryside. In weak signal areas, you and your passengers might have to be closer to the inside antenna to benefit from the amplified signal.

For those in extreme cases of poor signal, we recommend the Drive Reach, which is able to reach farther to and from cell towers.

The Most Affordable Signal Booster for Cars

weboost drive sleek
weBoost Drive Sleek - 470135

Best for urban and suburban driving.

Buy Now at $199.99
  • Amplifies talk, text, and data. 5G ready.
  • For a single smartphone
  • Cradle signal booster
  • Up to +23 dB Gain
  • Works with all cellular devices across all carriers

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

The kit includes a magnet mount antenna that can be easily installed on the roof of any vehicle and an adjustable cradle vent mount designed to hold any size smartphone or small tablet.

To benefit from the boosted signal, your cellular device has to be in the cradle. And when paired with a Bluetooth headset, it really shines for regular talk, text, and hands-free navigation.

Best Signal Boosters for Commercial Trucks

The Most Powerful Signal Booster for Commercial Trucks

weboost drive reach otr
weBoost Drive Reach OTR- 472154

For any truck, semi, or off-road vehicle needing a reliable connection on the road.

Buy Now at $499.99
  • Boosts voice, text , and data
  • For multiple cell devices
  • Up to +50 dB gain
  • OTR antenna made especially for trucks
  • 5G ready
  • Works with all carriers, networks, and phones

The weBoost Drive Reach OTR is the most powerful over-the-road commercial truck cell amplifier.

This kit pairs the weBoost Drive Reach with a best-in-class, durable outside omnidirectional antenna to withstand all elements while driving on the road. The outside antenna requires a fixed installation to secure it in place, and the included 3-way mount allows you to easily install it on the fleet vehicle’s roof edge or mirror bracket. If you're interested in hardwire setup, you'll also need the appropriate power supply.

The Drive Reach OTR is capable of reaching far distanced towers to provide you with superior cellular signal wherever work takes you. No more dropped calls, unsent text messages, or disconnected navigation services. Perfect for fleet services needing quality reception on the go.

The Most Affordable Signal Booster for Commercial Trucks

weboost drive sleek otr
weBoost Drive Sleek OTR - 470235

Best for urban and suburban driving.

Buy Now at $279.99
  • 5G ready. Boosts voice, text messages, 4G, LTE, and 3G data
  • For a single smartphone
  • Up to +23 dB Gain
  • OTR antenna made especially for trucks
  • Works with all carriers, networks, and phones

The weBoost Drive Sleek OTR is a cradle-mount over-the-road truck cell amplifier.

This kit pairs the weBoost Drive Sleek with a rugged all-weather outside omnidirectional antenna to withstand harsh elements while on the road. The outside antenna is a fixed installation featuring a 3-way mount for installation flexibility.

Great option for truck drivers and those constantly at the driver or passenger seat while on the road.

Best Signal Booster for Marine Vehicles

When we talk about marine vehicles, we're referring to offshore boats or pleasure craft. Our best recommendation is the weBoost Drive Reach and Marine Antenna bundle, which combines our most powerful vehicle option with a strong, marine-safe antenna. This setup should extend your range of coverage, allowing for increased cellular signal within your boat's cabin or interior areas up to 3 miles offshore.

Best Free Ways to Improve Cell Signal in a Vehicle or Boat

  • Roll down a window, or go outside.
  • Avoid trees, mountains, buildings and other things that can block a cell signal by getting to open space or a higher elevation.
  • Charge your battery.
  • Remove your cell phone case.
  • Buy a signal amplifier or change cell carrier. Obviously, neither of these are really free, but are the most reliable options available.

How to Improve Weak Cell Phone Signal in Your Car or Boat

Wilson Amplifiers is the leading provider of cellular amplifiers. These devices amplify 4G LTE and 5G for any phone with any carrier for home, office, or vehicle.

We seriously hate dropped calls and poor coverage, and it's our mission to educate people on ridding it from their lives:

  • Free consultation (ask us anything) with our US-based customer support (sales@wilsonamplifiers.com) or call us at 1-800-568-2723.
  • Free shipping.
  • Better signal or industry-leading 90 money-back guarantee.
  • 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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