How to: Getting the most out of your Verizon Service
It’s known as big red, or the most expensive carrier in the states. People love to hate them and for good reason, do you pay up or suffer coverage? The worst part for many people is in certain spots of the country service is still spotty. They know if they go to another provider the service will be even worse. So, many people come to me asking exactly how I seem to always have service. The answer to that is simple, find the best Verizon signal booster.
My first need for such a device started five years ago, I moved away, lost my beloved cable internet at 15mb speeds and short ping times. It served me well since the early 2000’s when we upgraded from dial up. These were amazing times for me 350kb/s download speeds vs the dial up 5kb/s unreliable speeds. It slowly got faster over the next 8 years until I moved. We never lived in the city before, but was in a densely populated area. Cable was offered, my new home while close to an interstate was very rural. No wired internet on our road, I desperately searched for an alternative.
Satellite internet was slow, and unreliable, I vowed to never go back to dial up. Over the last 8 years websites became bigger, more advanced, and image heavy. This meant dial up would take days to load anything. Android had recently came out for cellular devices, 3G was in most locations and a reasonable, yet slow speed.
Breaking into the 3G era with Unlimited Data Connections:
I settled on using a 3G Mifi from big red, it had an impressive 3Gb data limit. I strongly limited Youtube, and music streaming to keep with in my limits. These from a techy stand point were dark days for me. I was basically limiting my own exploration of information due to data limits. I dealt with this until research led me to wifi tethering from android phones. I got my hands on the first android phone in 2010, or 2009 an original Motorola Droid. At the time the phones were unlimited data, still on 3G of course. However in order to tether you would need to pay extra each month.
I had little to no money during this time, so I looked for alternatives. That option became an app called FoxFi, tethering for free with just a download. It eventually went to a pay model, a one time payment of a few dollars. I was happy to pay, they supported me for years before that. Phones evolved and FoxFi would not work with our newer phones (at the time).
We’ll Root for you to get Free Tethering:
The next chapter arrived, rooting android phones has been a thing since they were new. This gives you access to everything in the phone, the good, bad, and ugly. This includes unlocking the built in tethering, for free. 3G had been over ran by 4G LTE popping up everywhere, and the first 4G phones arrived. Looking back these phones were junk over all, and had awful battery life. They provided me with the one thing I needed though, a reliable high speed internet connection, at 15mb just like cable.
This coupled with the unlimited data opened up a new opportunity. It took two years of LTE roll out news posts before it came to my area. At this point I learned that LTE signal doesn’t reach quite as far as 3G. We were on the edge of service, I of course tried to remedy this by placing the devices near a window. After some mild research I found an external antenna to plug into our MiFi device, it worked OK.
Always looking for advancement I ran into a mobile Verizon signal booster. These could double my speeds and reliability even further, they were a little pricey though. At the time there were no websites quite like this one you’re on so information was scarce. My first ever booster was a Wilson Sleek 4G-V, I picked it up used from amazon. The newer version of that is the Weboost 4G-S which can be found here.
The Verizon Signal Booster Years:
Times were changing rapidly, we had evolved from dial up, cable, to 3G, and finally 4G. Online gaming and YouTube were everywhere, the fastest internet was crucial to our lives. Using our new sleek device bumped our signal 20Db and several bars into extremely reliable 4G service. I began using it everywhere, in the car, home, and work. These were great times to be an internet user in a rural setting. With only a faint hope of sometime getting a wired connection, that we would learn later, was a pipe dream at best.
After multiple years of service, I began to notice the device no longer worked quite right. Sometimes it would work great, then other times nothing. This baffled me for quite some time until I looked into it strongly.
Since we had bought it, verizon had released new LTE frequencies, now known as XLTE. Using an older device, it was not designed to increase those frequencies. So when it did appear to work, it was using the normal LTE known as band 13.
I took this device everywhere over those years, several oil field locations included. During it’s tour in the oil field and the mid east/eastern USA I lost all data service three times. One of those times I may bump into 3g or 4g but just for a second, it was useless.
The other time consisted of interstate 77 through WV, an area with zero service for several miles. Once you do get service it’s only 1x or voice as most people know it. This goes on for miles, the mountainous terrain and overall poor coverage state is a lost cause for anyone unfortunately if you’re traveling in that particular state.
It was time for an upgrade the day I arrived in a location with no signal at all. It was the second time ever in years it had happened. I upgraded to a 50db gain model, over twice the power of the original. The area I was in was a massive dead zone for everyone, I knew I may not be able to get signal even with my new device.
The First Verizon Signal Booster Review:
It became obvious to me on this day, when I had achieved the impossible. I managed to bring 4G to a place all the neighbors said couldn’t be done. There was no 4G service for miles due to the shape of the land around me without climbing 100ft in elevation. Not only did I get 4G, I did it using a mobile device with a 4 inch antenna mounted on a sports cars trunk.
The phone had to be touching the inside rectangular shaped antenna, a best case scenario for extreme fringe areas. If I plugged the phone in, the very minor radiation would bump me clear out of service. I was nearly making signal out of nothing. Somehow though I was streaming YouTube videos thanks to this device.
This prompted me to do my first review on a home version of the device. It’s a little rough but it shows just how impressive they’re. I often wonder, what would the coverage map look like for Verizon if they used what I use. Some sources recommend an internet based booster, we have a big write up for that also of course. It can be found under information posts, Micrcell vs Signal booster.
The Future of Rural Internet from Verizon:
When you live in the middle of no where depending on wireless signal, the future looks bright. In recent years there has been a lot of talk about 5G the newest wireless generation. Some are even calling it wireless fiber (imagine internet 100 times faster than 4G).
2017 is the year for yet another revolution, particularly for big red. They and many others including Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile have been testing 5G capabilities for about a year now. Talk of Gigabit data rates, 1 millisecond ping times vs our current 50ms times. Imagine being able to stream anything you want, instantly, anywhere.
Self driving cars, and the entire world being connected to each other. We’re talking billions and billions of devices, and an internet speed rural folks never dreamed of. All that sounds great, but will 5G be able to broadcast it’s signal to us? That sounds like a whole new topic for another article. However I will assure you in the future a booster will be even more valuable than they currently are.
The future will be here before we know it, I look forward to 5G and plan to do almost anything to obtain it in my area. In 2017 they plan to roll out fixed wireless in many areas, this eliminates the need to run a wire into a persons home, making it cheaper to expand in rural areas. Rural america will never be the same, a revolution is a strong word but it could change things forever.