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How to Get Cell Coverage in Remote Areas

Nicholas Jones | October 20, 2016

One of the many applications at which cell signal boosters work best is providing coverage in remote locations. In fact when Jim Wilson built the first cell phone signal booster back in the late ’90’s, getting reception in a remote area was his primary motivation.

Jim’s house was far enough out of town that when he tried to phone home from his office, spotty cell coverage around his home often would prevent the call from going through. Jim’s frustration with that poor cell reception, his engineering background and his long entrepreneurial track record combined to produce Wilson Electronics, parent company of weBoost, and the first American manufacturer of cell phone boosters for the consumer market.

Of course, over the past 20 years cell networks in North America have greatly improved. The big four nationwide cell carriers in the U.S. legitimately cover as much as 98 percent of the population.

But there are still many remote locations where millions of people live and work that have spotty, unreliable cell coverage. It’s true that some of those people don’t want cell connectivity. But many of them do, and cell boosters can help.

Below are some examples of situations where Wilson Electronics and weBoost signal boosters have proved vital to increasing cell coverage to people living and working in remote areas.

Aerial view of the remote house described in the upstate New York example below.

Cell coverage in the deep woods of upstate New York Against the advice of his local cell phone retailer, Chris P. purchased a smartphone that included voice and data service through one of the major cell carriers. The retailer’s concern was that Chris’ upstate New York home is six miles from the nearest cell tower and in a heavily wooded area.

Not only is the house on the fringe of his carrier’s service area, but as the photo above shows, it’s also surrounded by 100-foot red pine and white pine.

But when Chris installed a cell booster, his signal inside the home went from one occasional bar of service to six constant bars. His data jumped from zero (no available data transfer at all) before the booster was installed, to streaming video with no buffering after.

Read Chris’ story here

Keeping connected in the Four Corners area of the Great American Southwest Softrock Geological Services was contracted as consultants on a natural gas drilling project in the Four Corners area of the U.S. where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet.

The remote location and natural terrain obstacles made communication with the outside world difficult.

Only occasionally could cellular devices detect a very weak signal near the work site. Using a cellular signal booster, the crew was able provide cellular coverage at the site.

The booster saved time and money, contributed significantly to project safety, and provided Softrock a competitive edge. The Softrock crew said, “We will be customers for life!”

Getting cell reception in the Texas Hill Country Unless you’ve hiked around in the rain and cold of a Texas Hill Country winter trying to find a cell signal so you can make a call, you don’t know what Tracy Cluck has been through.

Tracy’s house lies about 12 miles from the nearest cell tower, and 27 miles from the closest town of any size.

“Hill country” is an apt description of the local terrain, which further hinders cellular connectivity.

But when Tracy installed a cell booster the reception inside his house went from an undetectable signal to four solid bars of 4G service.

Read his story here


Are you like Jim Wilson – frustrated by poor cell reception? Then click on a link below to check out these cell signal boosters recommended for reliable connectivity in remote areas.