While you may not get around as much as St. Nick, a cell phone signal booster can really come in handy, especially in remote areas where signals are weak and undependable.
WeBoost, formerly knowns as Wilson Electronics, offers two signal boosters designed for 12-volt vehicle use.
Their most popular, the Drive 4G-X, is a multi-user booster designed for urban and rural areas. It offers up to a 50db signal gain on five common cellular phone bands: 700 MHz (two bands), 850 MHz, 1700/2100 MHz and 1900 MHz. The device also works on 4G LTE and all North American carriers.
WeBoost reports that the 4G-X will extend signal range 50 percent farther than similar devices offered by competitors. The results are fewer dropped calls, faster data downloads and longer cell phone battery life (having a stronger signal means that a cell phone does not have to work as hard to maintain a connection).
The booster, which measures only 4-¾ in. x 6-¾ in. x 1-¾ in. and weighs just over one pound, comes with everything needed for installation, including a small magnetic mount antenna and a power supply. Optional new Motorola mount (NMO) and trucker antennas are available.
A small hidden antenna mounted inside the vehicle works with the external antenna to amplify the signals of cell phones and mobile hotspots within a 3-foot range. The 4G-X sells for $479.99 at weboost.com. It’s rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 34 reviews at weboost.com
WeBoost’s Drive 4G-S is a smaller and less powerful booster that is designed to boost the signal of a signal cell phone in an urban area. A small, hand-held cradle connected to an external antenna slips over a cell phone and provides up to 23db gain or about half the gain of the 4G-X. It retails for $179 at weboost.com. It’s got a 4-star rating based on 11 reviews.