Regulation Myths About Cell Signal Boosters

Nicholas Jones | November 5, 2018

Today 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone — and 77 percent of those are smartphones. If you’re like the majority of the smartphone-toting population, you count on your phone for much more than calling and texting. Most of us rely on our devices not only for personal use, but often equally as much for business use. That means checking email, uploading and downloading documents or social media content, and making both personal and business financial transactions on your phone.

In this age of constant connectedness, we’re not particularly tolerant of being slowed down — much less brought to a screeching halt — by poor cellular signal. But, despite more robust and expanding cellular networks, most of us still experience the frustration of poor signal in various locations more often than we’d like.

What can be done?

When it comes to how to improve a poor cell signal, the good news is that there are solutions to the problem. Many consumers don’t know this — and even those who do don’t typically understand those options or how they work.

In the past, cellular consumers had to rely solely on their network provider if they hoped to improve their coverage. Just a decade ago, cell towers and cell signal were a very territorial business. But today cellular carriers are working more closely together, with the knowledge that stronger signal for T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon benefits both consumers and the providers themselves.

While it used to be carriers driving the solution offerings, this has become more customer-driven based on needs. Consumers are looking for solutions in a number of different spaces. For example, people working while traveling in their RV or vehicle want strong connectivity on-the-go and people working from home want reliable signal to stay as productive as possible. People expect the benefit of reliable cellular connection in their homes, vehicles, and any of the other places they frequent.

Basics of Cellular Signal Boosters

In order for consumers to stay more connected, they want to better understand the options that are available to improve their signal where they need it most. And as consumers begin to rely less on carrier-specific solutions and carriers continue to get behind more wide-ranging solutions, many customers are researching the benefits of cell signal boosters.

Cellular signal boosters offer an affordable and reliable solution to the frustration of poor connectivity. These boosters work with strong existing signal to boost that signal to areas where it’s weak, resulting in fewer dropped calls, and faster data uploads and downloads. Boosters can improve cellular signal by as much as 32 times, improving connectivity and call quality as well. These devices receive signal from an existing tower and boost that signal via the amplifier. A device antenna then broadcasts signal to devices for improved performance in vehicles or homes.

Cell phones communicate much in the same manner as a two-way radio operating behind a modern user interface. Therefore, mobile phones communicate with the cell tower through radio frequency (RF) signals. The amplifier detects and collects very faint cell signals and helps those signals to bypass various obstructions, thereby amplifying signals to a useable level. The signal is then broadcast to an interior space – like your home, office or vehicle – so it can be picked up by your phone or other cellular device. When you use your phone, it then sends amplified signals back to the cell tower, closing the communication loop.

What you need to know about cell signal booster regulation

Still, there are many things to understand — and plenty of misinformation — about the regulation and proper deployment of cell signal boosters. First, it’s important to be aware that regulations do exist. This is a good and necessary step taken by the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that these devices do not interfere with wireless networks or cause interference with critical communication services, such as emergency and 911 calls.

The FCC in 2011 began the process of putting rules in place to facilitate the development and deployment of well-designed signal boosters that would not pose problems for network carriers or emergency services. In 2013, the organization began rolling out rules to improve cell coverage for consumers in rural and other difficult-to-serve areas by broadening the availability of cell signal boosters while also working to prevent any adverse consequences.

Many consumers’ familiarity with cell signal boosters begins and ends with the knowledge that the devices exist. However, they aren’t all created equally. Not all signal boosters meet FCC regulations, and not all devices are equally effective when it comes to boosting signal. For example, many consumers will simply order a cell signal amplifier online and not realize that it’s unregulated or ineffective. This can result in a host of problems, including poor results when it comes to improving signal and unintentionally interfering with cellular networks in your area. That’s why all weBoost cell signal boosters meet all FCC guidelines and don’t interrupt or harm cell carriers’ signal. Whether you need better cell service in your home or vehicle, weBoost can help.

If you’re interested in learning more about how weBoost can help you solve your poor cellular connectivity, contact us today.  We offer solutions for your home, office, and vehicle to help you stay connected 24/7.