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What is a Public Safety Signal Booster?

Chances are that you’ve never heard of a public safety signal booster. Or even less an in-building public safety radio enhancement system, like NIST calls them. But for the millions of people in the US brave enough to be counted as “First Responders” a public safety signal booster could be the difference between life and death.

some large buildings need to be served by a public safety signal booster

Lessons Learned From the 911 Tragedy

I clearly remember where I was and what I was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. I was a student at Weber State University. My wife was getting ready for work. She was working as an Ophthalmic Assistant to help put me through school. She was watching Fox 13 News that morning while getting ready for work. I had been up most of the night doing homework, so I was still asleep. She woke me up to tell me that a plane or something had just crashed into a skyscraper in New York.

Perplexed, I stumbled into the living room and laid on the couch in front of the television. I had just wiped the sleep from my eyes when the second plane hit its target. Right away I knew that this wasn’t just a random accident like the commentators were initially reporting, this had to be something much more sinister.

Reports started filtering in about other plane crashes. A plane hitting the Pentagon, and another hitting the ground somewhere in Pennsylvania. I was shocked. I skipped school and stayed glued to my television for the next 48 hours. As the reports later began to call this a terrorist attack, I wanted to enlist in the military and ‘return the favor’ to those terrorists that had ended so many thousands of innocent lives. My wife was vehemently opposed to me enlisting in the military. I was too madly in love with her to risk losing my marriage over the fight. So I sat and I watched the television, and listened to the radio, and did nothing.

Public safety signal boosters protect the life of first responders

Communications are Vital

As I worthlessly sat in front of the television, 70,000 first responders sprang into action at ground zero. Firefighters were running into burning buildings! They were sacrificing their own lives to try to save the lives of whomever they could… strangers.

As firefighters rushed into the smoke-filled stairwells of the burning towers, they noticed that visibility wasn’t the only thing that they were missing. They had also lost reliable radio communication. They were blind, and they had also lost the ability to receive help from their colleagues calling out the shots from the vantage point of the command post.

My brother is a police officer. For him, there is nothing scarier than being out of radio contact. Radio provides a life line. Eyes where you have none. Information that is critical to the successful completion of your job. Without radio contact, you lose all advantage and the balance tips in favor of the bad guys… or the disaster.

Hindsight is Always 20-20

After the 911 tragedy, as with every tragedy, there was a call for answers. People wanted to know WHY so many people had died? Why weren’t the fire suppression systems sufficient to put out the blaze? Why weren’t first responders able to get reliable communications?

The government commissioned NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) to answer some of those questions. NIST conducted a very thorough review of the tragedy. One of the many NIST recommendations was recommendation 22:

NIST recommends the installation, inspection, and testing of emergency communications systems, radio communications, and associated operating protocols to ensure that the systems and protocols: (1) are effective for large-scale emergencies in buildings with challenging radio frequency propagation environments; and (2) can be used to identify, locate, and track emergency responders within indoor building environments and in the field.

Do I need a Public Safety Signal Booster?

Great question! A question that isn’t really easy to answer. Chances are that if you are searching the internet for a public safety signal booster, most likely, you already know you need one. ( I am happy to sell you a SureCall Guardian3 QR public safety booster here in my shop ) If you aren’t sure if you need one, there are a few determining factors to figure out if you have to have one.

Generally speaking, in most cases, newly constructed buildings with an area of at least 10,000 square feet per floor, and at least three floors high are required to have signal strength of -95 dBm or better in designated critical areas – elevators, stairwells, etc. – in order to receive a certificate of occupancy.

If you are the owner or architect of a new building under construction, you really should engage the services of an RF engineer to determine if you will need a public safety signal booster. There is a long, long complicated list of requirements that really make it difficult to say “yes” or “no” for any particular situation. As with most things dealing with RF (radio frequency), it depends.

If you are the “Authority Having Jurisdiction”, or the fire chief signing off on a new building so it can receive it’s Certificate of Occupancy, it might be worth your while to spend some time exploring the building and making sure that there’s a reliable signal throughout the property. Check the stairwells, elevator shafts, basements and other areas that you’d really not enjoy being without a signal. If it leaves you nervous, you might want to request that the owner provide a public safety signal booster.

Guardian3 QR Public Safety Signal Booster

Why SureCall?

SureCall’s in-building public safety radio enhancement system (or public safety band signal booster) adequately amplifies FirstNet signals for crucial communications. It delivers consistent signal for First Responders and other public safety officials that rely on two-way radio communication inside large buildings.

  • The SureCall Guardian3 QR meets the code for Chapter 24 Emergency Communications System of NFPA72, 1221 and IFC 510.
  • It includes a NEMA-4 rated housing, eliminating the need for an additional NEMA enclosure.
  • The SureCall Guardian QR can provide reliable coverage of up to 80,000 square feet.
  • It supports more than 100 simultaneous users per band on 700 MHz (FirstNet ready), 800 MHz, 900 MHz (SMRS)
  • Boosts all public safety bands
  • 3-year warranty

At an affordable price point of $6,669.00 MSRP (drop me an email contact@cellbooster.us for better pricing), it’s really a small investment to ensure the peace of mind and safety of the First Responders that put their life on the line for us on a daily basis.

If you have questions about the SureCall Guardian3 QR (SC-TriPSBS-80-QR) or any other SureCall signal booster, I am always happy to help. Please drop me an email: contact@cellbooster.us and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

– Rob

SureCall Fusion4Home vs WeBoost Connect 4G

A while ago, I had the opportunity to compare the WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home. We tested the boosters at a friend’s quaint cabin high in the beautiful Cedar Mountains.

The location couldn’t have been more amazing! The birds were chirping, chipmunks bustled about and deer drank form a nearby pond. The gentle fall breeze rustled through the pine trees. Luckily, my friend’s cabin was located just beyond where the summer wildfires of 2017 had burned down a bunch of cabins and ravaged 71,000 acres of beautiful landscape.

The surroundings here were perfect, but the cell phone signal was terrible. Outside of the cabin, barely 1 bar of signal was available. Inside of the cabin, no signal at all was present. No texts, no data, no phone calls. Nothing. Which made this a perfect location to compare the WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home signal booster to determine which was better suited for this situation.

Why would you want a booster?

If I were up there in the mountains at a cabin, why would I waste my time comparing the WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home signal boosters?

Whenever I talk about cell phone signal boosters being used in these beautiful outdoor settings, there’s always a few people that will comment…

“If I was in a beautiful place like that, cell phone signal would be the last thing on my mind!” or…

“I go to places like that to get away from the world, why would I want a cell phone there!”

Let me tell you why… eventually.

I’m no Gaston

I’ve never been a big hunter. I went hunting ONCE with my dad when I turned 8 or 9 years old. We embarked on what I thought was an epic journey into the wild to bring home a freezer full of meat. We saw a few deer, and even got a shot off at one. It wasn’t until later, (only a few years ago), that my dad finally admitted to me that our amazing hunting experience wasn’t at all what I had thought.

Our hike “deep into the woods” was really us barely 20 feet from the road. We literally walked us in circles for about 20 minutes so we thought that we were really far out there. Then we built a campfire, because it “was cold outside and it would attract the deer that wanted to warm up.”  I couldn’t quite figure out why a deer would want to come near a campfire, but I trusted my dad. He was my hero and he knew everything in the world that was worth knowing.

My dad sat on a lawn chair that he had carried in and read the news paper. Every 10 minutes or so he would rustle the newspaper a little bit and say, “Did you hear that? It was a deer. If you guys weren’t being so noisy, we probably could have shot it.” After my dad finished the paper, he jumped up and took a shot at a massive buck that was hopping through the tree line… or so I thought.

Shattered

He later admitted that it was absolutely nothing. He shot at a tree about 20 yards away. After the shot he said, “Darn it! I missed it. If you guys hadn’t of been arguing over the fire, we could have gotten that one. You scared it off. It was a huge buck! Probably the biggest I’ve ever seen.” Since he had taken a shot, all of the other deer in the vicinity had undoubtedly taken off, and it made no sense to stay, so we left and went back home.

As I later found out, there was no buck. There was no deer. It was all a ruse so that we would stop bugging my dad to take us hunting. We had a terrible time, and we never bothered him to go hunting again.

Work Begins When You Pull the Trigger

Surrounded by nature why would you want to compare the WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home
Photo by Steve from Pexels

Fast forward 20 some years. I had a really good neighbor that got me interested in hunting again. He assured me how amazing and fun it was. He talked me into going hunting with him, because REAL hunting was a blast.

I got my tag, and we set out hunting. It was fun. Until I shot something. That’s when my buddy, John, told me, “My dad always says, hunting’s like sex. The fun ends and the work begins as soon as you pull the trigger.” That couldn’t have been more accurate of a statement. I now understood why my dad had absolutely no desire to create a memorable hunting experience for me.

Will You Take Us Hunting?

Why you'd need a cell phone signal booster. Reason to compare the WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home
Photo by Kaboompics // Karolina from Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/forest-road-6263/

It wasn’t much time later that my son started on me about the hunting thing. I decided to take him. I wasn’t going to make it a productive hunt. But I was determined to have some fun with my kids. I decided to take 4 of my 5 young-uns along for the experience.

We started out down a dirt road. Eventually the road took us down a pretty steep road with very loose rock. Then the dirt road became a trail. A trail that my truck no longer fit on. To make matters worse, two years earlier I had managed to impulsively purchase the only damn truck in all of southern Utah that wasn’t 4-wheel drive. We were stuck. The road became treacherous and very scary to navigate.

We had gone beyond the point of no return, because my truck couldn’t make it back up that loose rock without 4-wheel drive. Also, there was no way to turn around, because the ravine hugging the edge of the trail made it impossible to navigate a turn around. It was bad! On 3 or 4 separate occasions, I had all of the kids get out of the truck and wait with my cell phone just in case I didn’t make it through the next vehicular obstacle.

“Jaxon, take daddy’s phone. If my truck rolls off this cliff, hike to the top of that mountain over there and call 9-1-1, ok?”

As you could probably guess, cell phone signal was not well in the bottom of this ravine. This is just one of the many occasions that I really could have benefitted from a cell phone signal booster.

WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home

SureCall Fusion4Home Yagi Panel Kit

My “hunting” experience aside, there are tons of reasons why you might want to have reliable cell phone coverage on the mountain in your cabin. So I decided to test out the SureCall Fusion4Home and see how it stacked up to the comparable WeBoost Connect 4G product. The “WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home” title bout if you will.

First off, I expected there to be no signal at all… Even with the cell phone signal boosters. I was surprised that I was able to go from NO usable signal to some useable signal with both of the competing cell phone signal boosters.

Secondly, I never expected the SureCall cell phone signal booster to perform as good as it did. I expected them to be very close to the same. I expected the difference to be negligible at best. They both have similar specs, and I really didn’t expect to see as big a difference in the two boosters like I did. The SureCall booster was able to consistently provide about 10-20 dB better signal strength than the WeBoost product.

The Results


I had a friend video record the results of our tests of the WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home. I will let the video mostly speak for itself, but I will tell you that the SureCall signal booster FAR outperformed the WeBoost signal booster in my field test.

The SureCall signal booster consistently provided a stronger signal throughout the cabin. I was able to get cell phone calls to work with both products. I was only able to check my email and send data attachments with the SureCall signal booster attached.

Also, I noticed that the WeBoost signal booster got really warm after a while. It was noticeably hot to the touch. Hot enough that I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving it connected while the cabin was unattended. Surprising. I don’t know why it would need to dissipate so much heat.

Conclusions

So, looking at the results of my comparison of the WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home, if you are looking for a reliable cell phone signal booster for a home or a cabin that will work in situations where there is little to no usable signal, I would definitely recommend the SureCall Fusion4Home. In my comparison of the WeBoost Connect 4G vs SureCall Fusion4Home, I found that the SureCall Fusion4Home easily outperformed the WeBoost Connect 4G signal booster. Which was a bit surprising. They both have such similar specs. And with the WeBoost product having quite a heftier price tag, I honestly expected it to perform better than it did.

If you are looking for the vehicle cell phone signal booster that I tested in this video, you can find it here in my store.

As always, if you have any questions or need help in figuring out which cell phone signal booster is right for your situation, please feel free to drop me an email to rob@cellbooster.us. I love this stuff and I’m always happy to help out!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Rob

What is Oscillation?

If you’ve spent any amount of time investigating cell phone signal boosters, you’ve come across the word oscillation. In this post, I will try to answer the question: “What is oscillation?” and explain why it matters in the world of cell phone signal boosters.

Wikipedia defines oscillation as:

Oscillation is the repetitive variation, typically in time, of some measure about a central value (often a point of equilibrium) or between two or more different states.

That definition is as useful as those little “do not remove” tags on mattresses. Basically, an oscillation is anything that repeats itself over and over. In my opinion, oscillation is the wrong word to apply to the problem that its talking about.

What’s the Problem?

Feedback at a concert is a form of oscillation

I remember many, many years ago when my parents took me to my first concert ever; the “Beach Boys!” It was awesome! The cassette tapes my dad forced us to listen to in the car I was now hearing live! I LOVED it.

Before the concert, the emcee got up on stage to do a little giveaway. Whenever he walked too close to the stage speakers, the stadium would erupt with a high-pitched screech. Walking away from the speakers would make the screeching stop again. The emcee kept forgetting about the feedback and kept walking too close to the speakers. It was super annoying!

The rest of the world calls this high-pitched screeching  feedback. When the microphone would pick up the amplified signal from the speakers, which was the amplified signal from the microphone, which was the amplified signal from the microphone…

Basically when something is amplified multiple times, it quickly becomes amplified out of control and quickly becomes unmanageable. The small signal from the microphones is amplified multiple times until it is too large to amplify and it sounds terrible.

Signal Boosters and Oscillation

The same thing can happen with cell phone signal boosters. When the outside antenna and the inside antenna overlap coverage, there exists the potential that the signal booster could pick up the amplified signal and re-amplify that signal repeatedly.

What does that mean for cell phone signal boosters? Well, just like the feedback that occurs between the microphone and the speakers in my earlier example, the same type of problem occurs with RF and the cell phone signal boosters.

When a cell phone signal booster receives a signal on the outside antenna that it has already amplified, it will re-amplify that signal. This will create a big feedback loop and inject an RF version of that audio screech into the RF spectrum. This big blast of signal can cause quite a few problems. When that big blast of RF makes its way back to the cell phone towers it can actually overload and take down the cell phone towers.

Avoiding Oscillation

At the Beach Boys concert, walking away from the speakers caused the feedback to stop. Likewise, keeping the outside and inside antennas away from each other is how to avoid oscillation from cell phone signal boosters. When cell phone signal boosters first hit the market, the manufacturers relied on people to properly install their signal boosters to make sure that this oscillation (or feedback) didn’t do damage to the cell phone towers.

Naturally, the general public kept installing these cell phone signal boosters improperly and caused problems for the cell phone companies. To prevent problems, the signal booster manufacturers created a way to keep these boosters from acting bad when installed improperly.

So, they invented an oscillation detection algorithm to detect when these amplifiers were oscillating. These amplifiers would sense when they were in an oscillation and shut themselves down. Win/win right?

Politics

Big brother the FCC saves us

Not exactly. The cell phone companies launched a huge effort to shut down cell phone signal boosters because these devices infringed on their frequencies. The major players in the signal booster industry launched a huge counter-effort to persuade the FCC to, in effect, not “throw the baby out with the bath water.” There’s my nod to Joe Banos, who helped lead the charge as Wilson Electronics COO at the time.

Things got ugly. Even Senators got involved in the fight. A special tip o’ the hat to Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch who allowed his office to be used to tell all parties to play nice. Then, our big brother the FCC stepped in to save everyone. The FCC mandated that cell phone signal boosters adhere to certain design characteristics, which all boosters currently selling on the market must follow–if they’re FCC approved.

Anyways, if you have any more questions about cell phone signal boosters, I’m always happy to answer them. Just drop me an email to rob@cellbooster.us and I will be happy to answer them for you.

As always, if you are ready to make a cell phone signal booster purchase, I am more than happy to sell them to you here in my online store. Thanks for stopping by!

– Rob

What Frequency Does My Cell Phone Use?

I have answered many emails asking the same basic question, “Will booster X work with my cell phone provider Y?” Or, “What Frequency does my cell phone use?” In this post I’ll try to help you figure out what cell phone boosters will work with which carriers and how you’ll be able to figure it out on your own.

In order to understand this concept a little better, I might need to go back in time a little bit.

What frequency does my cell phone use? Let's go back in time
Diddly whoop… diddly whoop… diddly whoop…

What is a radio frequency anyway?

The year was 1865.

The Civil War was just coming to a close. President Lincoln was visiting Ford’s Theater for the last time. Meanwhile, somewhere in England, in the dark recesses of the Scottish mathematician James Clerk Maxwell’s brain, the theory of electromagnetism was being conceived. Maxwell had mathematically proved that electricity, magnetism and light were all manifestations of the same phenomenon.

In a nutshell, he had demonstrated that electrical and magnetic fields travel, intertwined through space at the speed of light. Eventually, his findings would go on to prove the existence of radio waves, or radio frequencies (RF).

Light waves and radio waves are basically the same thing. They are electric fields moving in conjunction with magnetic fields. So, light waves move at a wavelength of 380-450 nanometers (that’s REALLY short) and the longest radio waves have a wavelength of about 100,000 kilometers (super long).

Electromagnetic waves
Electromagnetic waves photo credit: https://byjus.com/physics/characteristics-of-em-waves/

Big Brother To The Rescue

So people started experimenting with radio waves. Marconi was transmitting sparks across the Atlantic Ocean and people were having a free-for-all with their radio frequencies. So, in stepped the great overseer, our big brother, the federal government to protect us all from the harm that we would undoubtedly cause ourselves by not having someone to tell us what to do with this plethora of available, free radio frequency.

Thus, in 1934 the FCC was born to manage radio frequencies in the US and eventually, somehow, manage to make themselves in charge of our Internet freedom. The FCC took the available spectrum and organized it into different blocks. Here is a pretty good diagram of how our current radio spectrum is divided in the US. Download your own copy of the US frequency allocations chart to print out and hang on your wall here.

United States frequency allocation chart to help decide What frequency does my cell phone use
By United States Department of Commerce [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What does this have to do with ‘What frequency does my cell phone use’?

Valid question. Right there in that picture, the middle of the fifth band from the top are a few little sections called “Fixed Mobile.” That, my friends, is where cell phones live.

Here are a few fun facts that I found on Wireless Advisor.com‘s website:

Did you know…

The United States is divided into 734 Cellular markets (850 MHz), 493 PCS markets (1900 MHz), 734 AWS markets (1.7/2.1 GHz) and 734 700 MHz markets?

That there are more than 150 wireless and cellular phone service companies in the U.S.?

So, there’s 150 wireless and cell phone companies in the US?!? What?!? I’ve only ever heard of 4 or 5 of them. Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and US Cellular, right? With all of these 150 different carriers, it could get really difficult to find my provider’s frequency, right? But, the good news is because they all use the same few cell phone bands, signal boosters can be designed to work on all of them at once.

Like the quote above states, there are four major cell phone frequency bands in the United States.

  • 700 MHz
  • Cellular (850 MHz)
  • PCS (1900 MHz)
  • AWS (1.7/2.1 GHz)

 

When choosing a cell phone signal booster, if you pick any of the boosters that work on 3G and 4G, you can be sure that it will work on any of the cell phone providers in the US. There are still a few boosters in production that only work to enhance voice, text and 3G data signals. Those ones will only work on the Cellular and the PCS bands listed above. So, to be safe, I would personally only purchase a booster that will work on all 4 bands.

So, What Frequency Does My Cell Phone Use?

Getting back to the point, if you are unsure of whether the booster that you are considering will work on all of the cell phone bands that your carrier uses, you can always consult the internet to get a second opinion.

I found that the Wireless Advisor’s site usually gives pretty accurate results. I just punch my zip code into the webpage and hit submit. And it spits back all of the wireless carriers in my area and what frequencies they use in my area. Then you can check the datasheets of the cell phone booster that you are thinking about and make sure that they are included.

Or, if that’s too much trouble, you could just as easily drop me an email with your question. I’m always happy to respond. My email is rob@cellboster.us. Or if you have any questions about any of the products that we sell in our online store, I’m always happy to help!

Thanks for stopping by!

– Rob

 

WeBoost Drive 4G-X vs SureCall Fusion2Go 2.0

A while ago, I had the opportunity to compare the WeBoost Drive 4G-X vs SureCall Fusion2Go 2.0. We tested the boosters at a remote mountain location and the results really surprised me. Before I get into the, as “Nacho Libre” would say, ‘nitty gritty’ let’s get a little background on the vehicle cell phone booster industry.

Why a Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster?

I remember many, many years ago when I was a young broadcast engineer. I was in charge of the upkeep and maintenance on 5 radio stations and 2 television repeater sites. It was my first full-time job out of college, and I barely knew what I was doing. That’s when I learned that college doesn’t give a man skills. It just gives him a little bit of knowledge. The skills come with work, practice and failure. Lots and lots of failure.

One particular time of my great failure is the following story that I am about to share. I once had a transmitter go down. Of course, it was in the middle of the winter, at the most remote location we had. I wasn’t prepared for this outage at all. Surely, I was awoken from a deep, deep slumber where I was probably dreaming about defeating ninjas, or slaying dragons or something else extremely manly. I staggered to my truck and began the trek to Cedar City, the location that housed our “Snow Cat” that I’d have to use to make it to the transmitter site.

It was cold. I hate the cold. As I write this, I am sitting in on my couch in my living room, 10 feet from the roaring fireplace, wearing my Carhartt coat and praying for a speedy end to the winter season. I am warm blooded. I’d take the desert and its blistering, scorching sun ANY DAY over the smallest skiff of snow. Because I HATE the cold. I had been to the location that housed the snow cat before, but never at night. And never in the cold, cold snowy night.

Cell Phones… Can You Ever Count On Them?

In those days, cell phones were not what they are now. Cell phone navigation was just a passing thought. My personal phone was an iPhone, but Apple Maps was terrible back then. It sucked. It had no maps of the area I was headed. The only thing worse than my pathetic, work-issued Kyocera phone was the terrible service that our radio station had traded for advertising.

Kyocera Cell Phone
The same model of Kyocera garbage that I had.

In those days, cell phone data as we know it now was NOTHING like it is today. I plugged the address where the snow cat was parked into my iPhone and I was on my way. At some point during the hour drive, I lost cell phone service. I was left with an un-downloaded map and after driving around in circles for an hour, wasn’t able to find the darn snow cat. I drove back to where I had service, waited for about 20 minutes while my iPhone (that also had the terrible service) downloaded the rest of the map. It was a disaster.

When I finally found the snow cat, it had snowed so much that I no longer recognized the way to get to the transmitter site. It was a disaster. We ended up being off the air for over a day. It was terrible. Did I mention that it was a disaster?

Enter Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Boosters

In the world of Little Texas and “What Might Have Been” things would have been different. If only a few years later, the radio station might have traded out a cell phone signal booster for my engineering truck (they never bought anything, it was always trade). Then I would have been able to find the stupid snow cat before everything was snowed over beyond my recognition.

My cell phone signal booster would have allowed me to get that map downloaded. I would have kept my cell phone service and I would have been a hero to the teeny boppers waiting to hear Sean Paul‘s terrible music while getting ready for school in the morning.

In all honesty, vehicle cell phone signal boosters are absolutely amazing. They work great and they can keep you connected in those troublesome fringe areas where service tends to be as reliable as the work for Glynn Wolfe‘s wedding planner.

The Comparison

Mountain location where we compared the WeBoost Drive 4G-X vs SureCall Fusion2Go 2.0
This is not even close to what it looks like on Cedar mountain. I just really liked this photo.

When I worked as an engineer at Wilson Electronics (now WeBoost) I was pretty skilled at fixing the “Mini” vehicle signal booster. I knew that thing backwards and forwards. Inside and out. It was a great cell phone signal booster for vehicles. That was, of course well before the days of 4G. Now things have changed some, and I was a little unsure of how the flagship SureCall vehicle cell phone booster would stand up to the WeBoost version of the same thing. So I decided to get out my lab coat (you can always trust a guy in a lab coat) and put it to a test.

I installed both of the cell phone signal boosters, in parallel, in a friend’s vehicle. We drove that thing up to the beauty of the Cedar mountains (this time without snow, and in the daylight) and tested them out side by side.

Because cell phone bars readouts are more than a little misleading, I would test the boosters by comparing their actual performance on how they did with helping me make a phone call. I would first turn on one of the boosters, make a test call and then try the other one. Both boosters were installed according to manufacturer’s specifications and tested making a cell phone call to the love of my life. Besides, she had nothing better to do than sit around and wait for my phone calls, right?

The Results

I had a friend video record the results of our tests. I will let the video mostly speak for itself, but I will tell you that the SureCall signal booster FAR outperformed the WeBoost signal booster in my field test.

The first call that I made to my wife with the SureCall signal booster went through immediately. Much faster than I expected, actually. I then tried to make the same call with the WeBoost signal booster, and the first call didn’t go through. I made the call again and I found that the call was only working in one direction. My wife couldn’t hear me, but I could hear her. Strange. And surprising for me because having been on the team making developments to the Wilson Electronics cell phone signal boosters, I thought that they would have definitely been able to outperform the SureCall signal booster.

Conclusions

So, If you are looking for a reliable vehicle cell phone signal booster that will work on the outskirts of a remote area, I would definitely recommend the SureCall Fusion2Go 2.0 cell phone signal booster. In my tests, I found that it easily outperformed the WeBoost Drive 4G-X booster. Which was surprising for me, because I totally didn’t expect it to do better.

If you are looking for the vehicle cell phone signal booster that I tested in this video, you can find it here in my store.

As always, if you have any questions or need help in figuring out which cell phone signal booster is right for your situation, please feel free to drop me an email to rob@cellbooster.us. I love this stuff and I’m always happy to help out!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Rob