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4G LTE signal booster or CellSpot


    4G LTE signal booster or CellSpot, Has anyone tried both of these and know what result was better.

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      • stevetjr

        Re: 4G LTE signal booster or CellSpot

        It really depends on what you are looking for and/or what kind of signal level you are getting at the location.  There are actually 3 choices;


        Signal booster; takes existing low signal and boosts it.  If you have very low signal it probably will only help a little bit but if you get decent signal outdoors at that location and just indoor is a problem it probably will solve the issues as long as you can locate it near an outer wall or window.


        Cellspot;  This is just essentially a router but is enhanced for Wi-Fi calling so no matter if someone is gaming or hogging all the bandwidth Wi-Fi calls will take priority. Of course this is only supporting Wi-Fi calling and is using your internet connection.


        LTE Cellspot; This essentially puts an LTE tower in your house.  It uses your internet connection as it's backhaul.  Good part is that you won't have to change anything on your phone and also anyone friends or family on T-Mobile will be able to use it.  That for some is the drawback in that while it only has a range of around 3000 sqf anyone on T-Mobile can use it if they can reach it.  However if you want to reliably make calls in your home and not use Wi-Fi calling what better than to have your own tower.


        I have the Cellspot, when I first moved to my current location due to the geography and trees I couldn't get a reliable signal so signal booster wouldn't have been reliable so got what is a great router and has enhancements for Wi-Fi calling.  I used it for about 3 months for calls until they turned on Band 12 (Extended LTE) in my market which solved my signal issue.  I still use it as a router and if I happen to be on Wi-Fi it still will take calls. 

        • tmo_marissa

          Re: 4G LTE signal booster or CellSpot

          Welcome, magenta1495890! It looks like stevetjr provided a beautiful breakdown here -- were you able to select the best choice for your needs? Please let us know if you still have questions; we want you to have the right coverage solution!


          - Marissa

            • magenta2753826

              Re: 4G LTE signal booster or CellSpot

              I just wanted to add my .02. I was getting usually one bar at my home, once in a GREAT while it would go to 2 but far more often it would say 'no service'. I first got a 'signal booster' and it made almost no difference. I got the cellspot yesterday and installed it, and 4 BARS now. I had to call T-Mobile about something and spent some time with them on the phone, the call was ROCK SOLID. I highly recommend the cellspot if you have borderline cell coverage.


              One other thing, while the iPhone can switch between cell and wi-fi calling, I find that sometimes even that isn't great, and when the phone switches, you always hear the other person but often they cannot hear you. The cellspot means I can switch off wi-fi calling unless I really need it.

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            • magenta1648652

              Re: 4G LTE signal booster or CellSpot

              Do you know why we can Buy a Signal Booster off eBay and register it here Signal Booster Registration


              They Sell the Alcatel 9961 CellSpot on eBay and they do not work. Why?

                • magenta2753826

                  Re: 4G LTE signal booster or CellSpot

                  Why buy one? If you actually need one, T Mobile will send you one free. And since they use express shipping you'll probably get it quicker than one you pay for. You can be sure it will work, and if it ever quits they'll replace it. I can't see a good reason to buy one - is there? Also be sure to get the right thing - I have low signal at my home and the signal booster did not help at all, while the cell spot put me right up to four solid bars.

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                • talk2gene

                  Re: 4G LTE signal booster or CellSpot

                  Before switching to T-Mobile my carrier was AT&T.  The coverage in my house is terrible with both carriers. I tried the AT&T MicroCell but it provided very little benefit. Recently I switched to T-Mobile and their 4G LTE cellspot v2.  It took about an hour for the cellspot to complete the self initialization process.

                  My signal strength went from one bar up to the three to five bar range depending on where I am in the house. 

                  Early indications are that the 4G LTE cellspot version 2 can be a great alternative for people who have a weak cell signal in their house and who brought Galaxy S5 and S6 phones from another carrier which means they're wifi calling feature is rendered useless when switching carriers.  Some newer phones don't have this limitation.

                  Some people have mentioned they successfully flashed the ROM on their phone to enable WiFi calling on T-Mobile but I personally consider that a little risky.

                  For my situation the cellspot seems like a safer alternative.

                  • chuggets

                    Re: 4G LTE signal booster or CellSpot

                    Does the LTE Cellspot use your internet data from your ISP or just the WiFi bands on your home router. Second question is, are there cell towers utilized with the Cellspot?