How to Choose a Mobile Booster – Useful Tips

Poor cell phone signal is nothing new. Even as mobile service providers do their best to provide every user with the highest quality of service, there is bound to be a time when some people in some areas of the country experience annoyingly poor signals. This is where a mobile booster comes in handy.

Also popular as mobile phone signal boosters, a booster is made to intensify the phone signal around your home. The quality of signal in and around the home can be affected by many factors including the building material (concrete, metal, wood etc) or geographic obstructions such as mountains. Mobile boosters are generally wireless meaning that you don’t have to attach or plug your cell phone to it. It is a simple gadget that is easy to install and use. Which brings us to choosing the right booster for your needs; how do you go about selecting a mobile booster?


Here are a few tips to consider;

  • Coverage area

First you need to consider the area to be covered by the booster. Typically, every booster is designed to solve signal strength problems over a specific range (measured in feet). For instance, 2100MHz boosters are ideal for improving 3G receptions. On the other hand, if you’re simply trying to improve cellular performance, then you should choose a GSM cell phone booster.

You probably understand your home signal situation better. Does the entire home suffer from signal problems? Or is it a particular room or two? Do you have areas within the home where there is usually no signal at all, such as basements? There are special phone boosters designed for every unique problem. Some are for the entire home while others are for single rooms. Generally, higher max gains mean better ranges. The best mobile phone signal boosters for the entire home have max gains of approximately 72dB and ranges of about 6,000 sq feet.

  • Type of antenna

There is a wide variety of outside antennas to consider. Remember that the antennas require permanent installation; so, you need to identify an ideal location to mount them.


Omnidirectional antennas are a perfect choice for urban and semi-urban areas where inside signal might be weak or nonexistent – even when outside signal is strong. These types of antennas can receive signals from all directions and have short ranges which make them ideal for pumping the outside signal inside.

Directional antennas are designed to receive signals from only one direction, but with a greater forward gain. This makes them excellent for rural areas where signal loss is usually caused by the long distance from the signal source.

  • Cable length

Finally, consider the lengths of the cables that come with the mobile booster. Home mobile signal boosters come with two cables; the shorter one leading from the mobile phone signal booster to the internal antenna and the longer one connecting the outside antenna to the booster. Remember that longer cables may also cause loss of signal. In fact, signal strength is said to reduce by 3.9dB for every 100 feet of the cable. Therefore, you need to keep your cables as short as is allowable.


With these three tips, you’re ready to make an informed purchase. Remember to check the outside signal to determine how much area needs to be covered. If you can’t do so on your own, you can always call a mobile booster technician.

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