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weBoost eqo Cell Phone Booster Review: A New Generation of Signal Boosters

on April 05, 2016

The first no-fuss, easy install signal booster

Cell phone signal boosters have made tremendous strides in less than a decade. Before they were extremely techie devices with Wizard-of-Oz knobs that you would manually adjust. And it came with instruction manuals that only an Einstein could read.

Installation was not easy.

For many non-tech customers, they just wanted to improve their weak 3G & 4G signals without the fuss, yet they had to endure the process of installing antennas, running cable, drilling holes, etc. Usually taking hours and making quite the mess.

It's taken some time, but now cell phone boosters have made the leap to the mainstream, and weBoost by Wilson Electronics is leading the way.

The weBoost eqo signal booster (model: 473120) is the first plug-and-play signal booster of its kind. Less than 60 seconds to install. Results: stronger cell phone signal, better talk & text, and faster internet instantly.

For people endlessly dropping calls, sick of horrible voice quality when calls fade in and out, and slow internet, this is the easiest solution.

Depending on your current outside signal, the weBoost eqo is capable of boosting 3G & 4G LTE signals from 50 sq ft to 500 sq ft, basically a desktop area up to a small room. So it's perfect for SOHO (single office, home office), apartments, condos, and a single work office.

Here are the Top 10 Benefits of the weBoost eqo:

  1. Strong cellular connection
  2. Very clean calls
  3. Faster internet
  4. Instant text messages
  5. Larger coverage
  6. Reliable reception
  7. No more dropped calls
  8. Less dead zones
  9. More bars
  10. Longer battery life for phone

If you need a bigger coverage area, check out the weBoost eqo's bigger brothers: the weBoost Connect 4G (up to 5,000 sq ft) and weBoost Connect 4G-X (up to 7,500 sq ft).

How the weBoost eqo works & installation

weBoost eqo: how it works

The weBoost eqo boosts 3G & 4G signals. It does this by pulling in the weak signal, amplifying it up to 32X, then broadcasting the new powerful signal to an area in need inside your home.

Works for all carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, etc. Even Canadian carriers like Bell, Rogers, and Telus. 

Works for all cellular devices: iPhone, Galaxy, Kindle, tablets, smartphones, laptops, etc. If it uses 2G, 3G, and 4G, it will work with the weBoost eqo signal booster.

Here's how it works & how to install it:

Outside Antenna & Amplifier

This is the secret sauce of the weBoost eqo and a major revolution for signal boosters. Before the outside antenna and amplifier were two separate units. 

The outside antenna had to be placed high on the roof to work properly. Then a cable had to connect it to the amplifier located indoors, which meant drilling and difficult installations.


Find a window. And place it near it. Plug into power outlet. Done.

It's that easy. The receiving unit just sits on a desk near the window and pulls in the cellular signals like a happy potted plant. The front face of the unit actually faces inside the room.

Inside Antenna 

Place the inside antenna in an area in need on a desk or table, and that's it.   


weBoost eqo Cables

Now you only need one cable to connect the receiving and sending antennas. Cable that reaches up to 25 ft. 

See? Super, super easy.

Things to Know Before Using the weBoost eqo

Poor signal is an end result but not the cause. Knowing which type of problem is causing your poor signals is the first step in getting better signal.

Some problems you can blame on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint. Others, however, are out of their control. So let's look at the biggest causes of why you're getting weak signal and how the weBoost eqo signal booster can fix these problems:

1. Cell Tower Distance

Mostly a countryside problem where there aren't enough cell towers to give you enough signal. And if you're living somewhere surrounded by trees, mountains, and not in direct line-of-sight? Then it's hitting the fan, my friend.

How the weBoost eqo helps:
The signal booster is able to reach to the nearest cell tower and lasso it in.

2. Building Material & Construction

Metal (tin roof). Concrete. Glass. Thick walls & insulation. Energy-efficient material. 

Doesn't matter if you live RIGHT next to the cell phone tower, building material can block it all.

Many people who suffer from poor signal from building material will find that a signal booster, especially the weBoost eqo, easily brings signal inside without any interruptions.

How the weBoost eqo helps:
Once the signal is pulled in by the receiving antenna, it's passed through low-loss cables. This means all the building material & blocking construction has no effect. So no worries about signal blockage or interference.

3. Interference from the Outside

Trees, hills, and mountains disrupt signal for people in remote, rural areas. For city dwellers, these are tall structures, buildings, and other urban surroundings like billboards & poles. 

Cell phone signals behave exactly like radio waves (the AM/FM kind). And like radio waves, they cover long distances, but are easily disrupted.

Cell phone signals easily reflect, redirect, and absorb with anything before it reaches your phone. So even though signal is at max strength at the cell tower, it ends up wandering by the time it reaches to your phone.

How the weBoost eqo helps:
The signal booster takes any weak signal & multiples up to 32X, ensuring better signals to your cell phone.

4. Bad Weather 

Yes, even the weather. A rainy day, fog, snowstorm, and lightning storm can disrupt your signal. We even had a customer say that wind affected her signal. So even mother nature is part of game, too.

How the weBoost eqo helps:
Like a teacher whistle & school children, the signal booster starts focusing on the signal to get into line.

5. Other People & Crowds 

Unfortunately, cell towers don't only serve your needs, they also need to serve the same 3G & 4G signals to others, too. Get enough people to crowd the cell tower and everything is looking like a crowded restaurant with one waiter.

How the weBoost eqo helps:
Think of a signal booster as a way to cut the line. While others are waiting to get signal, a cell phone booster basically lets you go first. 

So these are the top 5 causes of weak signal.

And it only takes ONE of these problems to affect your cell phone. And if you COMBINE any of them?

Frustration. Disruption. And great inconvenience. 

Luckily, help is on the way. 

Will a weBoost eqo work for you? 


Why the asterisk? 

Well, all cell phone boosters need one thing to absolutely work:

Your current outside signal.

Signal boosters are very capable at boosting weak signal. But they cannot create it. Heal the injured, not raise the dead.

So understanding about your poor signal is the first step. And we usually do this by looking at the number of bars on our phone.

But that method isn't 100% accurate. Why?

Because they’re not scientific. Actually, they’re subjective across all carriers.

There’s no industry standard on cell phone bars & signal strength. So each carrier has their own interpretation of the number of bars and service capabilities.

For example, what’s 1 bar on Verizon could be 2 bars on Sprint could be 3 bars on AT&T despite having the exact same signal and the exact same speeds.

It’s left to your carrier to say what’s low bars and full bars.

So you want to believe them?

The most accurate and technical way is to look at decibel (dB) reading. Cell phone signals operate at a dB frequency of -50 dB to -110 dB. -50 dB is great signal, full bars. -110 dB is virtually no signal, a dead zone. And everything else in between ranges from having good to okay to poor signal.

This dB frequency is absolutely true for all cellular devices and all providers in America & Canada. Once you understand your dB reading, then you'll understand just exactly how strong your signal is. The closer to -50 dB, the better. 

Here’s how to find your dB Signal

( Taken from The Definitive Booster Guide)

For iPhone Users

  1. Go into Phone Mode

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

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

    How to access db cell signal on iPhone, Step 3
  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

For Android Users

  1.  Access Settings

    How to access db cell signal on Android phones, Step 1
  2. Then General

    How to access db cell signal on Android phones, Step 2
  3. Go to About Phone

    How to access db cell signal on Android phones, Step 3
  4. Network or Status

    How to access db cell signal on Android phones, Step 4
  5. You should see your dB Value

    How to access db cell signal on Android phones, Step 5

For other phones email us at We’ll see how we can help find your dB reading.

Ok, have you done your dB reading test yet? Start the process above, walk around your house 2-3 times and note the general areas where your closest dB value is nearest to -50 dB. That's the area of your strongest signal. It takes some time for the phone is register the dB reading, so walk slowly and if needed camp a little to ensure accurate numbers. Ok, here's a realistic outcome of what kind of coverage you may get:

dB Reading of weBoost eqo:

  • -50 dB to - 89 dB: very good to great coverage (250 to 500 sq ft).
  • -90 dB to -99 dB: ok to good coverage (50 to 250 sq ft).
  • -100 dB to -110 dB: poor to no coverage (no boost to 50 sq ft).

Remember, these are estimates and not final numbers since every situation is different and everyone's signal problem is unique.

But in general, if you have ok to great signal, the weBoost eqo will cover up to 1 room. In fringe areas, it's probably desktop range.

Just think of signal boosters like a megaphone. A boosted whisper is better than a whisper. But not better than a hearty shout.

Talk to one of our signal booster experts at if you need more help with dB reading and ways the weBoost eqo can amplify your signal to cover your entire house.

weBoost eqo Review & Results (& Mini-Installation Guide)

This is the 2-in-1 amplifier and outside antenna. Notice the front of the unit faces away from the window. All you have to do is plug in the power and 25-foot cable to the inside antenna. 

Currently, I'm getting mostly 1 bar of T-Mobile LTE or -107 dB which is close to being a dead zone. 

With the weBoost eqo signal booster turned on and after a few seconds for the iPhone to refresh, it's showing -75 dB. That's basically full bars (5 bars). Or a gain of +32 dB. In terms of energy size amplification, that's a 1584x increase!

At 10 feet away, it's at -86 dB which is still very good signal (4-5 bars).

At 20 feet away, it's at -91 dB. It's still boosting signal (3-4 bars). 

At 30 feet, still getting boosted signal (2-3 bars) but only at +3 dB gain or 2x the amplification. 

At 40 feet, nothing (0-1 bar).

Results & Takeaways

At a distance around 35 feet line-of-sight, there's still boosted signal. That's about 212 sq ft of coverage (1 small room). Considering we started with extremely poor signal at first (just 1 bar and a near dead zone), it's a huge improvement.

However, the best performing range tops at 10-15 feet away which is basically a desktop or small workspace area. So highly recommended as a desktop-to-1-room signal booster

Competition & Other Models

The direct competitor to the weBoost eqo is the  weBoost Home 4G.

It covers slightly more ground at 1,500 sq ft; however, it's $50 more expensive and not as easy to install when compared to the eqo's plug-and-play design.

RV users tend to buy cheap home amplifiers when they're stationary or parked. So something like the  weBoost RV4G might be worth to take a look at.

If you need more coverage, the  weBoost Connect 4G is the bigger brother model and improves 3G & 4G coverage up to 5,000 sq ft. It's also our most popular model.


weboost eqo signal booster

Overview of the weBoost eqo:

  • Boosts talk, text, internet, 3G and 4G LTE Data
  • Wilson Electronics most affordable signal booster
  • Extremely easy to install
  • From 50 to 500 sq ft coverage (desktop to 1 room)
  • Up to +70 dB Gain
  • $349.99
  • Free shipping, ships same day
  • No taxes outside Texas
  • 2-year manufacturer's warranty
  • 30-day like-it-or-send-it-back easy returns
  • Customer support (certified signal boosting experts)
  • Lifetime technical support for any of your questions

If you're looking for a cheap signal booster for home and are okay with getting signal in a selected area of the house, then the weBoost eqo will do the job. 

The most defining benefit is that it's backed by the quality engineering and now revolutionary design from Wilson Electronics, the leader in cell phone signal boosters.

The plug-and-play design allows for boosted 3G & 4G signals in less than 60 seconds from the time when you open the box. No need to mount it on the wall or install on the roof. Just set the two units on a table (with one near a window) the weBoost eqo works magically.

A great desktop booster, to even 1 room. Maybe 2 rooms if you already have great signal.

When you think about it, cell phones are a necessity in our daily lives. It's a worthwhile investment to maintain reliable connection and coverage. What you need is dependable signal and a life with no interruptions. Whether for life, convenience, business, and even emergencies, the weBoost eqo keeps you connected.

Need help? Email us today ( or give us a call at 1-800-568-2723. A cell phone signal expert will gladly assist you in getting better signal instantly.

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