Traveling for the Holidays? Here’s How a Cell Signal Booster Can Help

Grace Kussow | December 20, 2018

The holidays are upon us once again, and for many Americans that means traveling long distances to visit friends and family. A large portion of those people — some 102.1 million, according to AAA — will be doing that traveling by car.

Whether you’re a seasoned road warrior or it’s been awhile since you’ve road tripped, you’ll count on your phone to help you stay connected along the way. Some communications are more vital than others, of course, but it’s safe to say that everyone relies pretty heavily on their smartphones these days.

If you’re planning to take work with you while you travel (50 percent of Americans admit to working while on vacation) then reliable cellular signal may be an absolute necessity. Whether it’s work, access to GPS and location services, communication with family, access to mobile banking, or simply wanting to stay connected to news or social media, it can be frustrating when a lack of signal hampers your connection.

Despite the infiltration of more cell towers, strong cell signal can still be elusive when traveling and there are still many places where cell signal is weak or non-existent across America’s highways and byways. In addition to remote locations, inclement weather and other environmental factors, such as mountainous terrain, bluffs, and even heavy vegetation can also wreak havoc on cell signal.

Staying Connected

If you are among the thousands of travelers that needs to stay connected this holiday season, you may be wondering what you can do to improve your cellular coverage while on the road. While Wi-Fi connectivity is an option when you stop at physical locations, it’s no help when you’re moving and need connectivity. This is where cell signal boosters play a crucial role in enabling travelers to do anything and everything they need while on the road.

Cell signal boosters have long offered a powerful and effective solution for the dilemma of dropped calls and dead zones in residential homes and offices. Today, boosters have advanced to also solve connectivity issues outside of those structures, including when traveling by car.  

How Boosters Work on the Road

Like other cell signal boosters, boosters for vehicles enhance signal for any cellular device. And weBoost’s vehicle cellular signal boosters improve signal across North American carrier networks, including Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T.

Vehicle cell signal boosters work by accessing voice and data signals from cell towers via an outside antenna. The booster receives that outdoor signal from the antenna placed on the exterior of the vehicle. The booster amplifies the signal up to 32 times, and sends it to an antenna inside the vehicle and the interior antenna then broadcasts the boosted signal inside the vehicle.

With a strong signal being amplified inside the vehicle, calls, texting and data uploads and downloads are enabled, without interruption, no matter how remote the area to which you’re traveling. Boosters are designed to enhance 3G and 4G LTE signals in order to offer better voice and data with fewer dropped calls. They provide improved voice quality, faster uploads and downloads, and up to 2 hours of additional talk time, even in weak-signal areas.

WeBoost offers a variety of vehicle boosters, designed to suit various purposes and demand, like single user boosters for the solo traveler, and multiple user boosters designed to support several people traveling in a single vehicle. We also offer solutions designed to boost signal for emergency vehicles and fleets of vehicles.

To learn more about how you can stay connected while you’re traveling this holiday season, or any other time, take a look at all of the vehicle solutions we offer.