Cell Phone WiFi Signal Booster

Written by Wilson Amplifiers
28th Sep 2022

Improving Your Cellular WiFi Internet Service

Whether it be for your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you can enjoy reliable WiFi two ways.

The first is connecting to a router that uses landline internet. It's usually provided by ISPs such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and AT&T U-verse. This is known as wireline broadband. The second is converting your cell phone’s 5G, 4G, and LTE data into WiFi. This is called mobile broadband or mobile hotspot.

[Ed's Note: If you're looking for a Wireline Wifi Signal Booster, we'd recommend the AmpliFi HD, Netgear Orbi, or Google Wifi System.]

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While most Americans depend on wireline home internet, the shift to the latter option has grown tremendously. 4G and 5G speeds have caught up and are successfully bridging the gap between both technologies. This, plus cost savings and convenience, has helped people cut the cord and embrace smartphone or cellular router as the hub of their digital activities.

But, as they say, every rose has its thorn, which in this case is slow WiFi due to poor cell signal.

How to Improve Your Cell Phone’s Hotspot Signal

The beauty of using your phone’s cell service to connect other devices to the internet is that it's everywhere. You're not tethered to a WiFi router. Moving from inside your home to your car to anywhere around town is effortless and seamless.

However, the reliability of your connection all depends on a strong, quality cell signal.

Browsing the web, streaming videos, text messaging, and posting the latest pics on Facebook or Instagram, all require fast internet. One bar of 4G or 5G isn't going to cut it.

Luckily, there’s a solution. It’s called a cell phone signal booster, which doubles as a powerful cellular WiFi signal solution. Hence, why they’re also called cell phone WiFi boosters.

How Does a Cellular WiFi Booster Work?

Cell phone WiFi boosters amplify your existing cell signal and rebroadcasts it inside your home or vehicle. Your hotspot-enabled phone picks up the boosted signal, allowing it to deliver more reliable WiFi to all connected devices. Other nearby cellular devices will also see improvements in service.

What’s the Difference Between a Phone WiFi Booster and WiFi Extender?

A WiFi extender makes no use of cellular signal. It needs WiFi to work. Essentially, a WiFi access point broadcasts its signal in a confined area. An extender picks up and then rebroadcasts that signal into areas your WiFi can’t reach. It "extends" the range of the WiFi signal provided by cabled WiFi or mobile broadband.

For best results, the extender must receive a decently strong WiFi signal. This is why they are more commonly paired with cabled WiFi routers.

In more remote areas, where cell signal is weak and wireline unavailable, extenders aren't the best solution for improved WiFi. However, if you have an ounce of cell signal, a phone WiFi booster will improve your cell service and cell phone hotspot functionalities. Existing WiFi is not needed.

Why Should I Pay Extra for Something I Should Already Be Getting?

In the long run, a cellular WiFi booster is all about convenience and empowerment. Even if you're living right next to a cell tower, you still might not get a strong signal for your phone's mobile hotspot.

Here's why:

Cell phone signals are radio waves, the AM-FM kind. Like all radio frequency waves, they are easily susceptible to interference. Almost everything under the sun can alter, absorb, and disrupt your cellular service.

For example:

  • Cell tower distance
  • Outside interference: Trees, hills, mountains, valleys, and tall structures.
  • Building material (the LEADING cause of poor cellular service): Metal, glass, concrete, brick, energy-efficient material, and other conductive material (electrical or magnetic). Metal roofs are a major contributor to weak cell service.
  • Internal building obstructions: Thick walls, plaster, drywall, wood, electrical devices, clutter, etc.
  • Even weather (yup).

It just takes one or any combination of these problems, and you can say goodbye to any decent signal.

What’s the Price?

What's the price you'd pay to avoid spotty reception, lagging, buffering, etc., every day?

Well, that's what a cellular WiFi signal booster does for you:

It helps you cut the cord, save money on landline internet, and get faster internet 24 hours a day at home or on the go.

Below are our top choices for cellular WiFi solutions for use inside homes, vehicles, and businesses.

Home Cell Phone WiFi Boosters

Most Popular Cell Phone WiFi Booster for Homes

weboost home multiroom
weBoost Home MultiRoom - 470144

For midsize homes and offices.

Buy Now at $569.99
  • 5G ready. Boosts talk, text, and 4G, LTE, and 5G data
  • Reliable coverage for cell phone’s hotspot and other cellular devices
  • Covers up to 5,000 sq ft under best conditions
  • Up to +65 dB of gain, with up to 21 dBm uplink and 12 dBm downlink
  • Multiple accessories available for maximum coverage and customization (sold separately)

The weBoost Home MultiRoom is designed to cover several rooms or a whole midsize, one-story home with reliable cell signal. Your mobile device will be able to provide reliable WiFi connectivity to other devices from almost anywhere in your home.

Assuming flawless outside signal, you can expect up to 5,000 sq ft of coverage. Though, most people get between 2,000 – 3,000 sq ft. Areas with extremely poor cellular reception can expect much less. For those extreme cases, this is the lowest grade phone WiFi signal booster you should consider buying. It’s compatible with all major North American carriers. Should you ever switch cell providers, you’ll still be able to deliver the best mobile WiFi signal possible via your cell phone.

For those who live in extremely weak signal areas, or have large homes, consider the weBoost Home Complete.

Most Powerful Cell Phone WiFi Booster for Home

weboost home complete
weBoost Home Complete - 470145

For large homes and offices.

Buy Now at $999.99
  • 5G ready. Boosts talk, text, and 4G, LTE, and 5G data
  • Superior cell phone service for any cell phone’s hotspot and other cellular devices
  • Covers up to 7,500 sq ft under best conditions
  • Up to +72 dB of gain, with up to 24 dBm uplink and 12 dBm downlink
  • Multiple accessories available for maximum coverage and customization (sold separately)

The weBoost Home Complete is the most powerful home booster you can get for improved mobile WiFi connectivity. It’s a little over 3x more powerful than the Home MultiRoom. With powerful output powers, it can reach far distanced cell towers and provide complete coverage for large and medium homes. Laptops and tablets won’t have any issues receiving reliable WiFi from your phone.

While it can cover up to 7,500 sq ft, most people get between 4,000 – 6,000 sq ft. To maximize coverage, additional antennas are required, especially if you’re trying to cover more than one floor. For areas with extremely weak cell signal, this is the best option for superior cell phone WiFi.

This is a self-install unit. If you want it professionally installed, consider the weBoost Installed Home Complete.

Most Affordable Cell Phone WiFi Booster for Home

weboost home studio
weBoost Home Studio - 470166

For small homes and office spaces

Buy Now at $349.99
  • 5G ready. Boosts talk, text, and 4G, LTE, and 5G data
  • Covers up to 2,000 sq ft under best conditions
  • Up to +60 dB of gain, with up to 23 dBm uplink and 13 dBm downlink
  • Compact design fits on any flat surface

The weBoost Home Studio is the most affordable cellular WiFi booster for those who are on a budget and only need improved reception in small areas. It works with multiple cellular devices and amplifies cell phone WiFi signals for all major US carriers.

Under perfect condition, it can cover areas up to 2,000 sq ft, enough for a small home, office, apartment, dorm, or condo. Those in an area with weak outside signal will probably get around 200-500 sq ft. We don’t typically recommend this unit for extremely weak signal areas.

For those extreme cases, consider the weBoost Home MultiRoom or the weBoost Home Complete for extended coverage.

Vehicle Cell Phone WiFi Boosters

Most Popular Cell Phone WiFi Booster for Vehicles

weboost drive reach
weBoost Drive Reach - 470154

For drivers in remote and urban areas.

Buy Now at $499.99
  • 5G ready. Better talk, text, and data speeds guaranteed
  • Up to +50 dB of gain - the max allowed for a multi-carrier phone WiFi booster in North America
  • Highest uplink output of any vehicle booster
  • Works with all phones and mobile hotspots across all carriers
  • Extremely customizable: variants for any type of vehicle and setup.

The weBoost Drive Reach is the most powerful vehicle booster from Wilson Electronics and an ace at boosting cell phone WiFi signal.

It features the highest uplink output power of any multi-carrier cellular WiFi booster. This allows it to reach cell towers that are 2x further for twice the signal strength. It's much more powerful than its competitors and a great performer on the most rural of roads and highways.

Highly recommended for heavy cellular hotspot users.

Most Affordable Cell Phone WiFi Booster for Vehicles

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weBoost Drive Sleek - 470135

For urban and suburban driving.

Buy Now at $199.99
  • Amplifies talk, text, and data. 5G ready.
  • Cradle amplifier
  • Only boosts one device at a time
  • Up to +23 dB gain
  • Works with all phones and mobile hotspots across all carriers

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

The kit includes 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. This allows your device to receive the strongest signal possible for reliable WiFi sharing. When paired with a Bluetooth headset, it really shines for hands-free calling and navigation.

It’ll work best in urban and suburban areas but is not the strongest performer in extremely remote locations. For those extreme cases, consider the weBoost Drive Reach.

Business Cell Phone WiFi Boosters

Most Popular Cell Phone WiFi Booster for Businesses

  • 5G ready. Boosts talk, text, and 4G, LTE, and 5G data
  • Commercial cellular WiFi booster
  • Up to 25,000 sq ft of coverage under best conditions
  • Up to +72 dB gain
  • Automatic gain control to prevent overload
  • Works with all cellular devices across all carriers
  • Expansion kits available to maximize coverage
  • Great for urban and rural areas

The weBoost for Business Office 100 is a powerful pro-grade booster for small business buildings. It significantly amplifies cell signals, improving mobile broadband performance throughout.

Even though the Office 100 is designed for commercial use, it’s also a great choice for people with large homes who don’t have reliable WiFi. This could be due to poor cellular reception or ISPs not servicing the area.

Whether in the city or out in the country, this unit has you covered with its leading amplification capabilities.

Are there Alternatives to Phone WiFi Boosters?

Kind of, but not really.

Cell phone WiFi boosters amplify your cellular signal strength and quality. This allows your cellular device to broadcast a quality WiFi signal.

The second-best alternative is opting for a more powerful cellular hotspot or cellular router. In many cases, these are also coupled with signal boosters for better performance. Here are some recommendations:

Best Selling Cellular Router

Peplink Max BR1 Pro 5G
Peplink Max BR1 Pro 5G

For vehicles, homes, and offices.

Starting at $999
  • 5G cellular router
  • Dual Band WiFi 6
  • Speeds up to 4 Gbps
  • Dual SIM
  • Customizable

The Max BR1 Pro 5G by Peplink converts the speed and power of 5G into reliable WiFi 6. It can deliver blazing-fast data speeds of up to 4 Gbps. It's much more powerful than a standard cell phone hotspot. You can connect multiple devices wirelessly and wire up to three.

With dual SIM capabilities, it'll seamlessly switch between two carriers for uninterrupted connectivity. No matter where you are, it’ll keep all devices connected for work and play. Extremely versatile, it works in vehicles, homes, and offices.

Budget Cellular Router

Peplink Max BR1 Mini
Peplink Max BR1 Mini

For vehicles, homes, and IoT.

Starting at $350
  • LTE cellular router
  • Dual Band WiFi 5
  • Speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Dual SIM
  • Compact and versatile

The Peplink Max BR1 Mini is the BR1 Pro 5G’s little brother without 5G. It offers durability, compactness, versatility, and numerous features for unbreakable connectivity. Perfect for vehicles, home offices, and IoT units with low bandwidth needs.

It can provide speeds up to 300 Mbps, which is much more than a standard cell phone WiFi hotspot. Also dual SIM capable, it’ll keep you connected relatively anywhere. This is something a standard cell phone WiFi hotspot can’t do.

When coupled with a booster, it receives a stronger signal from dedicated carriers and delivers superior WiFi 5. There are multiple variants available to fit a wide range of applications.

Who Are You and How Can You Help Me?

Wilson Amplifiers is a leading provider of home, commercial, and vehicle cellular WiFi boosters. They significantly amplify 4G, LTE, and 5G for all phones and mobile hotspots across all carriers. We’ve boosted over 10,000,000 sq ft of signal across America and Canada. We can help you improve your cell phone WiFi signal. We offer:

  • Free consultation (ask us anything) with our US-based customer support. Email us at ssales@wilsonamplifiers.com or call us at 1-800-568-2723.
  • Free shipping. Usually ships same day.
  • 90-day (seriously) money-back guarantee. You want to make sure you're satisfied.

Our goal is simple: keep people connected. Ask us anything and we'll be glad to help.

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