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Corbie in Wasilla, Alaska listens on KBYR – used the AskDave button on our site to participate and asked: “We live in a place where we don’t get good cell reception, and cells are our only means of communication. Been trying to figure out what the best way to boost the cell phone would be. There’s many options from $500 plus… but I’m looking for something a little bit less. Anyway, thanks for all your help.”
Corbie, the $500 price limit will be an issue. As far as we can tell an at home signal booster for under $500 will pretty much limit you to a Surecall Fusion4Home, which is designed for homes up to 4,000 sq ft and retails for around $300.
Just about everything else that is reliable and designed for homes will cost you more.
For example, WeBoost does sell home boosters that cost around $350, but theyre designed to boost the signal in one room. When you look into the whole-home systems you go right back to $500 or more.
There are generic devices from no-name brands. You can try one of those and they do tend to cost less, but the reviews are not great.
Weve seen examples in which the signal is boosted as promised, but only with a device literally sitting on the transmitter. When moved a few feet away the signal dives back down to nothing right away.
Surecall and WeBoost have been around for a long time and their devices will actually boost the signal, as long as there is a signal to boost. So wed recommend looking at one of their devices.
Keep in mind that if your signal outside is bad, there may not be much to boost, so dont expect any miracles. The booster will just take the existing signal and repeat it.
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