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How To Choose the Right In-House Cell Phone Booster in Canada (Simple Guide)

Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Quick Summary

  1. Who Needs A Cell Signal Booster For Their Home?

  2. Will A Cell Signal Booster For The Home Help?

  3. Are Signal Boosters Compatible With Every Home And Cottage?

  4. 3G, 4G, Or 5G Booster: Which One Should I Get?

  5. How Many Different Kinds Of Home Signal Boosters Are Available In Canada?

  6. How Do They Actually Work?

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During the quarantine of 2020, sales numbers of in-house cell phone boosters have gone up. Canadians who never considered purchasing one before the advent of COVID-19 have found themselves interested.

This makes sense. People are spending more time indoors, which means more devices per household are spending time connected to WiFi. All of these devices are using up a lot more bandwidth than they were before the coronavirus. This has caused increased latency (a.k.a. lag).

People are using their phones more than ever before. Streaming from mobile devices is at an all-time high. And so is online gaming.

Let's answer some beginner-level questions about in-house cell phone boosters. Particularly how to choose the right one. There are a lot of choices out there. Even at SureCall Canada, we offer multiple options. Admittedly, research on this topic can get confusing sometimes. So which Canadian home cell phone signal booster should you choose? Here are the answers to some important questions to ask yourself before settling on one.

1. Who Needs A Cell Signal Booster For Their Home?

How do you know you even need one? If you consistently drop calls and have poor data performance in your home or cottage, you should get a booster.

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They are designed to fix these exact problems. Not only do they increase data performance and help prevent dropped calls, but it doesn’t even matter what provider you use (at least with SureCall Canada boosters it doesn't). All of the home signal boosters from SureCall are equipped with directional antennas that can target specific carrier towers. You can toggle from tower to tower, discovering which one provides the best data and voice performance for your home. This means faster data transfer for web browsing, email, and every other app.

You can even customize your use of the signal booster to boost signals in specific areas of the home.

Also, the weaker your signal is, the more battery power your device consumes. So having a signal booster can increase the battery life of all connected devices in the home.

2. Will an In-House Cell Phone Booster Help?

Yes, it will. As long as there’s at least a faint available signal outside your home or cottage, you will absolutely experience a positive difference. The only circumstance where boosters won’t increase cell signals is if there is no signal to boost in the first place. These devices can’t boost a non-existent signal.

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There are other assurances to their functionality, as well. All SureCall Canada boosters are FCC-certified. These government certifications provide customers with peace of mind that all claims made on our website and on product packaging are valid. These federal certifications also assure that boosters don’t cause any harmful interference on any cellular networks.

A variety of tests done by third parties have been done in recent years on the effectiveness of cell signal boosters as well. Here’s an example of one of them. Not to mention the many thousands of reviews posted by happy customers online.

3. Are Signal Boosters Compatible With Every Home And Cottage?

Probably is the honest answer. Like we said above, as long as there is some semblance of a signal outside your home, it’s almost guaranteed to work. If there isn’t, then it won’t work.

The square footage of your home is important to consider when discussing the compatibility of certain signal boosters. In fact, booster models are usually differentiated from each other strictly by the square footage they’re designed to cover. For example, if your home is 2,500 sq ft and you want to fill the home with usable cell signal, then the booster you purchase needs to be able to accommodate that. The more square footage a cell booster is designed to cover, the higher the retail price will likely be.

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You’ll need to make sure that the performance capabilities of the cell signal booster match your expectations. Some models are stronger than others.

Another thing you need to consider in order for your booster to work properly is what cell carrier you use. Does everyone in the house use the same carrier? It’s okay if multiple carriers exist in your home. That fact will influence which booster model will work best for your situation. You just have to make sure that the booster is capable of amplifying the specific network frequency your phone uses. Also, old or refurbished signal boosters usually don’t work with 4G LTE frequencies.

All SureCall boosters are compatible with major networks in Canada, so this shouldn’t be a problem for you. But it’s worth mentioning as it does affect some people.

4. 3G, 4G, Or 5G Booster: Which One Should I Get?

When deciding what cell phone signal booster to get for your home, know that there are 3G, 4G, and 5G options available. 4G and 5G boosters are referred to as five-band and 3G boosters are referred to as dual-band.

Five-band boosters typically employ the latest technology and are higher in price. Dual-band boosters are usually older and less expensive. So, as you would guess, we don’t recommend 3G options. In fact, we don’t even carry them anymore at SureCall Canada. They simply don’t meet our performance standards. Most cell phone companies no longer carry 3G phones anyway, so it’s unlikely that you are anyone in your home uses a device limited to 3G.

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But for what it’s worth, if you happen to use a 3G device, a 4G/5G (five-band) booster will definitely amplify your signal.

5. How Many Different Kinds of In-House Cell Phone Boosters Are Available in Canada?

At SureCall Canada, we have 5 devices designed for home use. You can see them all here. Since we mentioned square footage as a deciding factor, we’ve listed the name and sq ft limit of each device below. But there are many other specs and details that make each of these home signal boosters unique.

SureCall Flare 3.0 Desktop Signal Booster for Home/Cottage/RV - SC-Flare3CA Sq Ft Limit: 3,000

SureCall Fusion4Home 3.0 Home/Cottage Signal Booster - SC-PolyH3-72-YP-C Sq Ft Limit: 1,500-5,000 (depending on strength of outside signal)