With the new FCC ruling coming into effect April 30, consumers will have to be a lot more strategic when picking out the right booster to address their indoor coverage needs. You’ll hear lots of claims – and see lots of bargains – that sound too good to be true. Often they are.
If you’re looking for the cheapest deal in town, you could easily end up with a booster that gives you very limited range, or interferes with your carrier’s signal (something that’s frowned upon by regulators). It could become an installation headache, or may not be robust enough to last. On top of that, with the new FCC rulings, the wrong choice could mean having to hand your new booster over to authorities.
You don’t necessarily have to understand all the tech jargon that comes with the territory. But here are some basic questions that will put you on the right track:
- Is it a wideband or provider-specific booster?
- Is the device approved for use by my carrier?
- What is the maximum square footage of coverage it can provide?
- What are the installation requirements? Will I need a professional installer to set it up?
- Does the device comply with FCC rulings?
- Is it a smart booster? (i.e. able to adapt to its environment to maximize coverage) and why is that important?
- What kind of service and support is available?
- Does it require any configuration and/or registration when setting up?
- Will it work with small cell (e.g., femtocell) technology in larger (enterprise) environments?
Don’t forget, our help desk is always ready to answer these kinds of questions for you. Remember, the right choice can make a big difference in terms of the coverage and performance you get.
By the Cel-Fi Team