What Signal Booster Should I Use With My Carrier?

Cell Phone Signal Booster Installation Tips & Guides

Signal Booster Compatability by Carrier

In the US there are four major telecom companies Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. These four companies comprise the vast majority of all telecom users and most smaller companies contract out through them to use their infrastructure.  T-Mobile was the first to provide the highest quality of service, 4G LTE, but they were quickly followed by Verizon and AT&T. The last major carrier to not offer 4G LTE was Sprint. Now all four of these carriers offer similar speeds and packages in most areas and much of the differences can only be felt outside of major urban areas.

Not only does each provider offer different quality of service but each carrier uses different signal “bands” meaning each booster will not necessarily be compatible with each carrier. Now to properly follow this you will need to know what kind of service you receive (2G, 3G, or 4G LTE) and what carrier provides your service. Don’t worry though it’s all pretty simple to figure out what booster works for you when you have all the information in front of you.

Verizon

Verizon uses 700 MHz band 13, 1900 MHz band 2, and 2100 MHz band 4 for their 4G LTE service.

They also use 850 MHz band 5 for their 2G and 3G, and they also use the previously mentioned 1900 MHz band 2 for 2G and 3G.

AT&T

AT&T uses 700 MHz band 12, 1900 MHz band 2, and 2100 MHz band 4 for their 4G LTE service.

They also use 850 MHz band 5 for their 2G and 3G, and they also use the previously mentioned 1900 MHz band 2 for 2G and 3G.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile uses 700 MHz band 17, 1900 MHz band 2, and 2100 MHz band 4 for their 4G LTE service.

They also use 850 MHz band 5 for their 2G and 3G, and they also use the previously mentioned 1900 MHz band 2 for 2G and 3G.

Sprint

Sprint’s primary band that can also be boosted by signal boosters is 1900 MHz band 2 for their 2G and 3G service.

Sprint also operates on 850 MHz band 26 and 2500 MHz band 41, however they are not easily boosted by many signal boosters.