The iPhone 5 Signal Booster Guide

Have an iPhone 4 or 4S?  Check out our Guide to iPhone 4 & 4S Signal Boosters.

  • Can I boost my cell phone reception with an app?

    No. There are apps which try to optimize which cell tower you’re connected to, but none which actually boost your signal.

  • Are the "sticker cell phone boosters” a scam?

    Yes. The stickers that you place on the back of your cell phone to improve signal have never been proven to work.

  • Is it actually possible to boost the signal on my iPhone 5?

    Yes. Hardware signal boosters which employ amplifiers to receive and boost signal absolutely work.

  • Who uses cell phone signal boosters?

    Cell phone signal boosters are used by hospitals, stadiums, subways, farms, offices, homes and even in vehicles.

The Best Signal Boosters for the iPhone 5:

1. zBoost SOHO ZB545 Dual Band Signal Booster

Regular Price: $399.95

Special Price: $299.95

  • For apartments, mobile homes, small houses and offices.
  • Will boost signal up to 2,500 sq ft.
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2. Wilson 460101 DT4G

Regular Price: $399.95

Special Price: $348.99

  • External antenna can be mounted inside against a window.
  • Will boost signal in one or two rooms of your home or office.
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3. Wilson 460107 Sleek 4G

Regular Price: $179.95

Special Price: $148.99

  • For single phone use in home or vehicle.
  • Supports 4G LTE for almost every U.S. carrier.
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4. Wilson 462205 Dual Band DB PRO Yagi Kit for 2G & 3G

Regular Price: $449.95

Special Price: $398.99

  • Yagi directional external antenna for greater coverage.
  • Will boost signal up to 5,000 sq ft in your home or office.
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5. Wilson 461104 AG Pro 4G 70dB Signal Booster Kit

Regular Price: $899.95

Special Price: $768.99

  • Boost 3G & 4G signal for all of the major carriers.
  • Most powerful signal booster available to consumers.
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6. Wilson 462105 Dual Band DB PRO Omni Kit

Regular Price: $449.95

Special Price: $398.99

  • Stronger amplifier, better antenna & cabling than the YX545.
  • Will boost signal up to 2,500 sq ft in your home or office.
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7. Wilson 460102 Mobile 3G Signal Booster Kit

Regular Price: $329.95

Special Price: $298.99

  • Supports multiple phones and data cards simultaneously.
  • Will boost signal in your car, truck or SUV.
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About the iPhone 5

With the release of the iPhone 5, iPhone users who live or work in 4G LTE coverage areas will now have the opportunity to connect and transfer data at 4G speeds. Unfortunately, even if you should have coverage, it's possible that the cell phone signal in your home, office or vehicle won't be quite strong enough to support 4G speeds. If you have this problem, then we want to help. We've put together this guide to explain what 4G is and how you can boost your cell phone signal to eliminate poor reception and increase data speeds.

What is a Signal Booster?

A signal booster is a system that takes the best possible cellular signal in your area, such as outside your home, and then amplifies it to an area which does not have sufficient signal, such as inside your home. It uses a combination of an external antenna, signal amplifier and internal antenna to achieve this. Please note, a signal booster can only boost existing signal, so if you don’t have 4G coverage at your location, then a 4G signal booster won’t help.

What is 4G?

4G is the fourth generation of cell phone data transfer standards, and is the successor to 3G, which basically means that it’s a much faster way of transfer data for your cell phone or other mobile device. The challenging thing to understand about 4G is that different cellular providers implement it in different ways, so it’s important to know who your provider is and what device(s) you want to boost your cell signal for.

Compatibility with 3G

While all iPhone 5 devices are able to use the 3G networks of their respective carriers, 3G devices are not able to use 4G networks. This is important when choosing a signal booster, since boosting a 4G signal might be benficial to your iPhone 5, but will not help 3G phones or 4G phones from a different carrier. Typically, it’s best to use a 3G signal booster, which supports multiple carriers, and use WiFi for increased data speeds.