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    Have you ever tried a cell phone signal booster?

    Sorry, I'm not writing much in forums, so maybe i missed the topic.
    Can't get enough signal on T-Mobile, so I'm considering buying a cell phone booster. Can anybody share the experience of using one?

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    If you have a home internet connection, I would try the T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot Mini Tower. If you don’t have a home internet connection, I’d try the 4G LTE CellSpot Signal Booster.

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    Yeah the mini tower was the better choice for me with the home internet. I've used both and the booster seemed to have a lot of issues at least for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oleir View Post
    Sorry, I'm not writing much in forums, so maybe i missed the topic.
    Can't get enough signal on T-Mobile, so I'm considering buying a cell phone booster. Can anybody share the experience of using one?
    I used the Personal CellSpot 4G LTE signal booster at my house. Put the window unit upstairs and was able to get LTE signal on the first floor and basement. Worked great. It made T-Mobile an option or us. Without it, signal was too unreliable to put up with.

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    I have but don't need a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot that acts like a typical T-Mobile Cell tower by connects to my Comcast/Xfinity Internet. Only problem is Comcast is always having internet outages so I have to unplug my Personal CellSpot 4G since it is still locked on the Personal CellSpot spectrum with no internet. T-Mobile has about 3 to 4 bars depending where I am in at my house without the Personal CellSpot. So I leave the Personal CellSpot 4G unplugged a lot since Comcast internet is so bad. The main reason I like the Personal CellSpot when the internet is working is it gives me full bars of signal and my battery doesn't discharge as much when I am not using my phone.

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    I'll throw in a data point for the "Cellspot signal booster". Also known as T-Mobile's branded version of the CelFi RS3 signal booster.

    Setup isn't terribly hard once you find a spot where the window unit can grab 2-3 bars of LTE. Finding that spot was a pain in my 1-story brick house, nestled deep in suburbia, surrounded by more 1-2 story brick houses, square(triangle?)-between 3 towers. Our phones are indeed band 12, and while the signal is fine for data, b12 VoLTE calls kept dropping if one moved through the house

    I chose the booster over the "Cellspot personal tower" (femtocell) for a few reasons: Inability to control who is on the femtocell, past headaches with VoIP calling that I care not to repeat (see quote below for an almost identical story to mine), among other reasons.

    TL;DR: Both the booster and the femtocell have their ideal uses. If you can grab a good signal from outside the house, don't mind the setup work, and have a smaller-ish house (more square than rectangle), the booster would be fine. If you have nice, stable internet and don't mind that anyone can connect to the femtocell and use it, then the mini tower will work for you.

    Why I prefer the booster vs. femtocell. I had similar dealings with Comcast and VoIP applications:
    Quote Originally Posted by shilohcane View Post
    I have but don't need a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot that acts like a typical T-Mobile Cell tower by connects to my Comcast/Xfinity Internet. Only problem is Comcast is always having internet outages so I have to unplug my Personal CellSpot 4G since it is still locked on the Personal CellSpot spectrum with no internet. T-Mobile has about 3 to 4 bars depending where I am in at my house without the Personal CellSpot 4G. So I leave the Personal CellSpot 4G unplugged a lot since Comcast internet is so bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oleir View Post
    Sorry, I'm not writing much in forums, so maybe i missed the topic.
    Can't get enough signal on T-Mobile, so I'm considering buying a cell phone booster. Can anybody share the experience of using one?
    The booster you would have to register with T-Mobile to use... Not like get a SIM Card just let T-Mobile know you will use one...

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    Have you ever tried a cell phone signal booster?

    The repeater type booster T-mo offers for free work great if you’re in an area where you get signal outside but not inside. I don’t believe they work on Band 12 though.

    I use the WeBoost 4G-X in one of my vehicles and it does make a difference. I originally got it when I had Verizon because their signal was so bad and it made a difference with them as well as with my ATT work phone. On average, it’ll give you 1-2 bars of boost, or to put it a different way, it can boost a signal of -120 to about -90.

    With the WeBoost though, you’ll have to have the phone right next to the little transmitting bar for it to really work well. They also make a cradle version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikkarma808 View Post
    The repeater type booster T-mo offers for free work great if you’re in an area where you get signal outside but not inside. I don’t believe they work on Band 12 though.
    Correct. T-Mobile's signal booster is band 2 & 4, LTE & WCDMA only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oleir View Post
    Sorry, I'm not writing much in forums, so maybe i missed the topic.
    Can't get enough signal on T-Mobile, so I'm considering buying a cell phone booster. Can anybody share the experience of using one?
    I had the same problem with T-Mobile a year ago. My 4G net was awful almost always, besides sometimes I got call drops. I talked with guys from their service center many times, however that was useless because they found that my problem was not with their network but the cellular tower which is sadly located too far from my house I suppose that you have the same problem and yeah, a signal booster can be a nice solution in this case, the guys from T-Mobile recommended me to buy the one too
    I can recommend such type of signal boosters https://www.myamplifiers.com/4g-lte-booster/, in my case after buiyng and installing one the problem was solved
    You can try also a femtocell as an alternative https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femtocell but these devices are strongly connected with your local home network and I'm not sure how effective they are.

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    I tried a zBoost similar to this one and found it to be a waste of money. Maybe I set up something wrong but I couldn't get it to produce any signal in the cabin with the antenna about 10' above th roof, where my phone could get a signal.
    Donald Newcomb

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    Just as a note... Some of these devices are band specific. Eg. TMobiles own cellbooster doesn't support band 12. Newer ones may support it.

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    I install Cell Boosters/repeaters part time in a rural area

    The WeBoost 4G-X is good for larger buildings/homes,
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    BAND 2/25
    BAND 5
    BAND 4
    BAND 12/13/17

    But the Best Booster I have ever installed is the Wilson Pro 70 w/ 50 ohm cables/connections
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    BAND 2/25
    BAND 5
    BAND 4
    BAND 12/13/17

    Most of the places I install these do not have access to an internet service provider, one of the Pro 70's I installed was able to pick up a T-Mobile site over 9 miles away, the T-Mobile PCS Band 2 LTE signal was average -98 to -102 inside of the building

    A properly mounted outside antenna and inside antenna is very important, I run across a fair number of "botched" cell booster installations that were essentially useless....

    A friend who also does Cell Booster installs in the oilfield told me about a competitor of his who had a booster install go into a "loop" and interfere with a nearby cell phone tower, the FCC got involved on that one

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    +1 on the Wilson. The best type of signal boosted uses a high gain directional antenna mounted on a point with line of sight to the cell tower, and has a separate antenna(s) for re-transmitting the signal within your home or office. You absolutely must have line of sight for good data speed. Sometimes that involves installing a fairly high antenna mast.

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    I used cell booster for my vehicle on T-Mobile and it worked quite well for both rural areas and inside parking garages. This was a dual 850/1900 MHz band booster. I had three sizes for the external antennas 12", 24" and 39". I used the 12" in parking garages, 12" or 24" for freeway use and the 39" in rural areas. The 12" works fine in grabbing the signal in parking garages where I can fit through. I tried the 39" antenna in urban areas but my booster automatically shutdown because of either the cell site was "too" close or it was picking up signals from multiple cell sites so I simply used it in certain rural areas or in the past inside Mexico, sometimes the 39" will trip the auto shutdown in rural areas.

    I just wish they 12", 24" and 39" antennas existed for the AWS and 700 MHz bands, then I would have an incentive to get a quad band booster for my vehicle.

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