One reason this question is so commonly asked is that we have been trained to think this way about cellular devices – in terms of service providers and their networks.
If you purchase a cell phone or tablet in the U.S. it’s affiliated with one mobile carrier, and one carrier only. It might work on other carriers’ networks, but only in roaming mode.
This situation has begun to loosen up, and in the past year we have seen more portability of devices among carriers. But we still think of cell devices as being carrier specific. And that’s why people when learning about cell phone boosters almost always ask “Will this work with my service provider?”
If you’re in the U.S. or Canada, the short answer is yes. weBoost cell phone signal boosters, like the home booster shown below, work on all carrier networks in the U.S. and Canada.
So whether you’re on AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon in the U.S., or Telus, Bell or Rogers in Canada, or any other mobile network, a cell phone booster will work for you. For a more detailed explanation why this is so, keep reading.
We have previously explained in this blog that mobile phone signals, including voice and data, are carried via radio frequency (RF) waves. Just as a radio is tuned to a specific frequency so you can hear the audio programming you want to listen to, a mobile phone is tuned to specific frequencies, or more accurately specific frequency ranges, to provide you mobile voice and data services.
Cellular service frequency ranges, or frequency bands, can be pretty complicated. Mobile service providers share some frequency bands, but other bands are assigned to one specific carrier.
Most cell boosters nowadays will boost signals on multiple frequency bands, which allows them to work for more than one service provider. There are a few exceptions to this norm, but those exceptions will be clearly identified as working on only one frequency band or for a single mobile carrier.
weBoost 4G cell signal boosters work on the 700 MHz band, as well as 850 MHZ, 1900 MHz and the AWS band, which uses a combination of 1700 MHZ and 2100 MHZ frequencies.
These bands comprise all the frequencies used by North American cell service providers for their 2G, 3G and 4G service.
weBoost 3G cell phone boosters work on the 850 MHZ and 1900 MHz bands, which are used by all U.S. and Canada cell carriers for 2G and 3G service.
Because signal boosters are tuned to these various frequency bands, they can work with all North American service providers.
If you would like know precisely which frequencies your mobile carrier’s network employs, check the User Guide that came with your phone or tablet. Or use your favorite search engine or app to search for ‘(your carrier) frequencies.’ No matter which service provider you use, the results page will turn up lots of sources to answer the question.
To learn more about how cell phone signal boosters work read our blog post.
To learn more about cell phone boosters, click here Ultimate Consumer Guide Cell Phone Signal Boosters