Sprint Signal Booster
Sprint has been around for what seems like forever. However their cell service occasionally can be lacking. A Sprint signal booster can really expand the coverage area and increase data speeds. It seems most of the time someone goes with sprint, it’s to cut their bill. Which is a fantastic reason no doubt, but they sacrifice coverage. The good news is you can easily regain some of that coverage, with no extra monthly cost. After the upfront cost, you’re good to go. Some devices work by using your internet for cell service. The boosters listed below offer a better alternative though.
Weboost products boost the signal from regular cell towers. So if you’re internet is out, you still have signal. This can come in really handy during storms. Assuming you never lost power that is. One minor downfall with a Sprint cell phone booster is lack of support for an LTE band. Sprint and other carriers use multiple frequencies for LTE. One of Sprints LTE bands can’t be boosted (by anyone), however the other Sprint LTE bands can.
- Improved cellular reception
- Buy once, no payments after purchase
- Improved Data speeds
- No internet connection required for service
Top Sprint Signal booster :
|Best Mobile Verizon Signal Boosters||#1||#2||#3|
|Make & Model|
|Intended Mobile Use||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Signal Boost||50Db + Stronger ouput Signal||50Db Gain||23Db Gain|
|Rural Coverage||Yes||Yes||No - Urban|
|Best Home Verizon Signal Boosters||#1||#2||#3|
|Make & Model|
Buy WeBoost Connect 4G-X
Buy Weboost Connect 4G
Buy Weboost Home 4G
|Intended Home Use||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Signal Boost||70Db||65Db Gain||60Db Gain|
|Max Indoor Coverage||7,500 Sq feet - Very large home||5,000 Sq feet - Average home||1,500 sq feet - 1 or two rooms|
Mobile booster differences:
The table above should help you quickly narrow down which Sprint cell phone booster is right for you. Many people ask the difference between the Drive 4G-X and the 4G-M. The main difference here is the 4G-X has a little bit more power sending signal back to the tower. This can be useful if you need upload speed for YouTube or Facebook. This only speeds up the process if you’re putting videos or images onto the internet.
When watching videos, the speeds should be about the same for the two boosters. We have a very in depth Weboost Drive 4G-X review you may want to take a look at. This should help you decide which one you need to purchase.
If you noticed the 4G-S is a cradle style Sprint cell phone booster. This one yields a little bit less than half the power. Its two bigger brothers above are much stronger. However this one does well in many situations if you are around a tower but just out of reach. Your phone also has to sit in the cradle to use it. This is a rather big drawback to the device I feel. However the other two you still need to have the phone with in a few feet of the internal antenna.
Sprint Whole Home Boosters:
These can be higher in price than the smaller mobile Sprint cell phone boosters. However they cover far more area, and can pull in a signal from further away. The thing to watch out for with these is the maximum coverage advertised. They will indeed reach pretty far, but just like a cell tower, you lose signal. If you must have 4G then you need to stay somewhat close to the indoor antenna. As you move away you will go into 3G, then 1X. We have a Connect 4G review you may find interesting.
Hopefully you found this information helpful and to the point. I do highly recommend you look at our other articles as well. We go in depth with quite a lot of information, if you’re into that. Otherwise the information given here should give you a really easy choice on which one to purchase. All of them come with all required equipment, and generally only takes normal hand tools or less to install.
Why do I lose Signal In the Fist Place?
Losing signal is a fact of life when working with radio frequencies. These rather basic concepts apply to everything that uses radio waves in our daily life. This even includes television stations, FM radio stations and even Bluetooth devices! Radio waves work by traveling through the air, if they have an unobstructed view they can travel a very long distance. However if they start hitting objects like leafs, trees, or in most cases a house shielded in materials it can hurt signal.
With sprint, one of the biggest issues about losing signal inside a building or car is the frequencies they use. Sprint has quite a bit of their towers running in the 2500 Mhz range to send and receive data at a rapid pace. The issue with this is it has trouble breaking through walls. This is just the nature of the beast so to speak, the higher the number the worse it does at breaking through objects. However as a trade off it can transmit data much faster, so if you do manage to get service it will be very fast!
This works in a similar way to an automobile, except instead of being surrounded by brick, wood, thick insulation, and a shingled roof, you’re encased in metal. Cars have come a long ways over the last fifty years, which is good and bad. The good thing is they’re now much safer, fuel efficient, and a nicer ride. The downside is they’re heavier, encased in a lot of metal, sound deadening materials added, and newer windshields have coatings that hurt cell performance sometimes. Not all cars have the windshield issue, but many are coming out with it and it can greatly reduce radio wave penetration.
If you’re ever in your car in a lower signal area, try putting your cell phone in your cup holder vs near the windshield. Once the phone is surrounded by other objects without it being near a window you will drastically decrease signal. This is one reason why having a dash mount is useful, it could cure your buffering issues when streaming internet radio apps like Spotify or Pandora. The added benefit of this is you can see your phone without digging through your car, plus a mount can protect it quite well which is great.
Creating your own Sprint Signal Booster:
As a relatively frugal (until it comes to a hobby) person myself, I wondered just how easy it would be to boost Sprint signal for free. Creating a Sprint signal booster using electronics that talk to the cell tower can be difficult because of the FCC rules. The FCC controls many elements of radio waves, and how they can be used, the average person would need to jump through hoops to make a booster like this. It’s not impossible, but it’s way out of the scope of this article and my personal knowledge. So we must find alternative ways to do it, and if we’re lucky it might even be free or low cost!
Things to try for Free
Since we can’t just build an electronic device to bring signal to us thanks to the FCC, we must improvise so we can get our hands on that Sprint 4G LTE. Some of these methods are pretty desperate but if you’re holding your phone in the air finding signal, chances are you’re already desperate.
- Go outside – This seems obvious, REALLY obvious but signal can be cut in half just by going inside your front door. I have personally tested this multiple times and I lose about 10db of signal purely by closing a sliding glass door. This may not seem like a ton but every 3db a signal loses, it loses half it’s original signal. So you are losing 3x the signal you had before, sounds pretty bad and it can make the difference between service, and no service at all!
- Leave your phone outside – This one will make everyone scratch their heads, how are you suppose to use your telephone if it’s always sitting outside on the front porch(advised to put it safely out of the weather)? We live in a world of total radio communications almost, cell phones have some amazing features built in to help us with this. If you need the internet on your phone, simply turn on your wifi hot spot, then use your wireless devices inside your home, while the phone holds steady signal outside from the Sprint network. Now the next kicker is how are you going to make calls if the phone is outside? The simply answer to that is Bluetooth, you can have a Bluetooth ear piece or dedicated speaker in your home. With that being said, the issue of texting, email notifications, and any other notifications could be an issue. There is no direct fix for this, but if you put an app such as Push bullet on your laptop (or other wireless device you use inside) it can forward all notifications.
- Try another phone – If you’re in a weak signal area, but occasionally find signal a new (or old) phone may be able to pull in the signal. Every phone is different with how they can pick up a signal, some are better than others. Having a newer phone doesn’t always mean it can get signal better either, even the flagship phones can be plagued with signal issues. Most people have a spare phone laying around, if not then maybe ask your friends how their signal is when they come over.
- WiFi – If you’re at home with a hard wired internet connection (cable company, phone company, etc.) you may be able to use Wi-Fi calling on your device. You can then use your phone to make calls, send texts, and browse the internet as normal.
- Extreme Measures – If none of those worked, we’re getting down to a last ditch effort, quite possibly only for an emergency. Getting your phone onto the highest point you can find (a roof?) is the next option, if you don’t feel comfortable climbing a roof, don’t try it. This would be more of a temporary thing I feel, but if you’re completely desperate it might work for you. You obviously can’t leave the phone up there without doing some serious handy work, water proof box, power source, a way to access it easily. I would advise against this and only use it for emergencies such as calling the local police.
What to do before diving into a Weboost Cell Phone Booster:
There is some things to do before buying a powered booster if nothing else worked or if you just want to use the Sprint Network more efficiently. The very first thing I recommend is to find your nearest cell tower location you can click here for a great guide on that. If you’re even remotely close to a tower you should be able to pull in some signal, or a lot of signal. Once you have decided where your signal is, you may want to decide where you would put all the equipment you’ll need to install if doing a home installation. The difficult mainly depends on how tidy you want the installation. I have seen people just run the wire off the side of their house through a window. Other folks have hidden everything inside the walls and have done an over the top installation, for me it depends on the project and what I do, and don’t want to do on my personal projects.
Will a Signal Repeater work for me?
These devices are quite powerful, and work in many situations I have yet to find an area where the home (or mobile 4G-M) booster couldn’t get signal from at least one provider. When working with sprint you have the coverage against you for sure, however most of the time it should work unless sprint has zero towers anywhere near you, or excessive mountains. If you can get even a whiff of signal on occasion then the odds of it working go way up, if you have no signal on your phone the odds are still pretty good. The higher you mount the outdoor antenna the better your odds become. That being said, I have never had to extend my outdoor antenna past the length of the provided coaxial cable. I think you will find your new device very helpful, and any company you have over will be grateful also!