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iPhone Signal Booster Guide & Review: More Bars Instantly

on December 17, 2015

iphone signal boosters

Q: What's the best way to get better cell signal on my iPhone?

We've written about some  best ways and practices to improve cell phone reception before. But when comes down to the best option, without a doubt for the ultimate in convenience and no interruptions, it's using a cell phone signal booster.

90% of the Americans own a cell phone and 72% of them are experiencing frequent disconnected service. Doesn't matter if you own an iPhone 4, 5, 6, 6s Plus, whatever. It's not the technology or antenna that causes poor service. It's the incoming signal. Like an expensive car without gasoline. No matter how nice it looks or powerful it runs, without a drop of gas, it's stationery. 

And if you're paying these expensive monthly bills for spotty and limited service, you deserve better.

A cell phone signal booster is a FCC-certified device that takes weak cell signal, amplifies it up to 32X, and rebroadcasts the signal to an area in need inside a home or car. 

Signal boosters work with all 2G, 3G, and 4G networks on all iPhones and other smartphones, too. They work on all carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and many more). 

They are one-time investments with no monthly fees nor do they need landline broadband internet to work.

Q: So do those cell phone booster stickers or apps work?

No. Repeat after me: No. Putting an Apple logo sticker on a Dell doesn't make it a MacBook. And using a sticker or an app will not magically get you better signal. This is not a smartphone issue. This is about getting more or better incoming signal from the cell tower.

Q: How does a cell phone signal booster work exactly?

It does this with three very simple steps and components:

  1. The Outside Antenna pulls in your existing poor cellular signal.
  2. The Amplifier (or Repeater) boosts cell signal with patented technology.
  3. The Inside Antenna rebroadcasts the enhanced signal to an area in need. More bars to you.

Q: What are all the benefits a signal booster?

Top 10 Benefits:
  1. Eliminates dropped calls
  2. Crystal clear voice quality
  3. Quickly delivered text
  4. Faster uploads & downloads (streaming)
  5. Reliable connection
  6. Improved reception
  7. Wider coverage
  8. Reduces dead zones
  9. More bars
  10. Longer battery life

Q: Which companies are the best?

There are five major companies: Wilson Electronics, weBoost, zBoost, SureCall, and Uniden. But without a shadow of a doubt, Wilson Electronics is the leading manufacturer of cell phone signal boosters. 

That's because Wilson Electronics owns weBoost, zBoost, and Wilson Pro. Each brand supports a different market:  weBoost for the mainstream zBoost for the value line, and  Wilson Pro for commercial enterprises.

Most Wilson products come with a 2-3 year manufacturer's warranty. All items are designed and produced in the USA for the highest quality assurance. 

Q. Just How Poor is My Signal?

Believe it or not, there's no industry standard for cell phone bars. What is 1 bar or dot on Verizon might be 3 bars on AT&T, 2 bars on Sprint, and full bars on T-Mobile despite receiving the exact same signal and downloading and uploading at the exact same speeds. Each carrier has their own interpretation. 

However, cell phone signals are accurately measured in decibel (dB) reading. Cell phone signals are radio waves (the AM/FM kind) and operate at a frequency of -50 to -110 dB. -50 dB is great signal, full bars. -110 dB is poor signal, a near dead zone.

So to see how strong your signal is, use the following instructions to see dB reading on your iPhone:

  1. 1. Go into Phone Mode

    How to access db cell signal on iPhone, Step 1
  2. 2. Dial and Call *3001#12345#*

    How to access db cell signal on iPhone, Step 2
  3. 3. You'll enter Field Test Mode

    How to access db cell signal on iPhone, Step 3
  4. 4. Drag down your notifications bar and you will see your dB reading in the left-hand corner.

    How to access db cell signal on iPhone, Step 4

If your dB reading is above -85 dB, a cell phone signal booster for your iPhone could definitely  get back what you're already paying for: great signal & constant connection. 

Below is an extensive list of iPhone signal boosters for home, car, and offices.


iPhone Signal Boosters For Home

1. Wilson weBoost Home 4G 470101 

(Coverage 150 to 1,500 sq ft: 1-2 Rooms)

weBoost Home 4G 470101

Entry-level and the cheapest 4G cell phone signal booster. Depending on the outside signal, you may get from 150 to 1,500 sq ft of coverage. It's more realistic to say this is a great desktop booster. Perfect for single office, home office (SOHO) and small areas like cabins and apartments.

Overview of the weBoost Home 4G:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, Internet, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • From 150 to 1,500 sq ft coverage (desktop to 1-2 rooms)
  • Up to +60 dB Gain
  • $399.99


2. Wilson weBoost Connect 4G 470103

(Coverage 1,000 to 5,000 sq ft: Whole Home)

weBoost Connect 4G 470103

The most popular cell phone booster. Depending on the outside signal from 1,000 to 5,000 sq ft coverage. Great option for most homes, small offices, farm houses, and buildings under 5,000 sq ft wide. If your signal is average or mediocre, this would be the first model to look at. 

Overview of the weBoost Connect 4G:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, Internet, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • From 1,000 to 5,000 sq ft coverage (multi-room to whole home)
  • Up to +65 dB Gain
  • $549.99


3. Wilson weBoost Connect 4G-X 471104

(Coverage 2,000 to 7,500 sq ft: Large Home)

weBoost Connect 4G-X 471104

This is absolutely the most powerful 3G & 4G home cell phone booster. Coverage & service ranges from 2,000 sq ft up to 7,500 sq ft. If you have extremely poor or marginal signal in a remote area, this would be our top recommendation.

Overview of the weBoost Connect 4G-X:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, Internet, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • From 2,000 to 7,500 sq ft coverage (small home to large home or small building)
  • Up to +70 dB Gain
  • $899.99


iPhone Signal Boosters For Car

4. Wilson weBoost Drive 4G-S 470107

(3G & 4G boost for one smartphone)

weBoost Drive 4G-S 470107

Super inexpensive car cell phone booster. Placed on the dashboard or cup holder. When paired with a bluetooth headset, it really shines for talk and voice calls. Smartphone has to be in the cradle for maximum signal boost. Might be a tight fit on wider smartphones with thick cases.

Overview of the weBoost Drive 4G-S:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, Internet, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For a single smartphone (phone has to be sitting in cradle for optimal boost)
  • Up to +23 dB Gain
  • $199.99


5. Wilson weBoost Drive 4G-M 470108

(3G & 4G boost for up to four cellular devices)

weBoost Drive 4G-M

The most popular car signal antenna booster. Slim outside antenna picks up weak signal. Indiscreet inside antenna broadcasts boosted signal. Majority of our customers say they're getting at least 2 to 3 more bars. A few did say they have to be closer to the inside antenna than anticipated to get more bars and amplified signal. So expect to be within an arm's length of the inside antenna.

Overview of the weBoost Drive 4G-M:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, Internet, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For multiple cell devices 
  • Up to +50 dB Gain
  • $379.99


6. Wilson weBoost Drive 4G-X (470510)

(3G & 4G boost for up to four cellular devices in extreme rural areas)

weBoost Drive 4G-X 470510

Three words: maximum output power. This allows for 60% farther reach to the cell tower. And distance from the cell tower is the biggest problem for remote rural areas. So this is definitely aimed for extremely poor signal areas.

 Overview of the weBoost Drive 4G-X:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, Internet, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • For multiple cell devices
  • Up to +50 dB Gain
  • Pro Model: 60% More reach from and to cell tower
  • $479.99


iPhone Signal Boosters For Large Buildings

7. Wilson Pro 70 (465134)

(Coverage up to 25,000 sq ft)

wilson pro 70

Commercial cell phone signal booster. Up to 25,000 sq ft of coverage. Best for rural areas. Has adjustable controls for precise controls for each 5-band frequency. Compared to the competition, WilsonPro provides 5x the coverage area. Highest uplink and downlink power available. 

Overview of the Wilson Pro 70:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, Internet, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • Up to 25,000 sq ft coverage (multi-story office building)
  • Supports 100+ devices simultaneously 
  • Up to +72 dB Gain
  • $1399.99


8. Wilson Pro 70 Plus (463127)

(Coverage up to 50,000 sq ft)

wilson pro 70 plus

The most powerful enterprise-level cell phone signal booster. Up to 50,000 sq ft of coverage. Best for the city or urban areas. Has adjustable controls for precise controls for each 5-band frequency. Built-in-signal meter for accurate dB readings. In strong signal areas, is capable of an additional +12 dB boost. 

Overview of the Wilson Pro 70 Plus:

  • Boosts Talk, Text, Internet, 3G & 4G LTE Data
  • Up to 25,000 sq ft coverage (multi-story office building)
  • Supports 100+ devices simultaneously
  • Up to +72 dB Gain
  • $1399.99


Find more information about  cell phone signal boosters for home and cell phone signal boosters for cars.

For best results, email us today ( sales@wilsonamplifiers.com) and explain your situation and a certified signal booster expert will figure out the best options to help you. Or call us 1-800-568-2723 and listen to our sweet Texan accent.

And if you'd like to read more information about cell phone antenna repeaters check out our  Definitive Guide.

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