I was trying out a new area to drive for Uber, and found myself in a situation where my Google Fi device (Nexus 6) was having trouble staying locked onto one carrier. This caused my data to constantly go in and out of service, and I missed a couple fares because of this situation.
The idea of installing a cell phone signal booster is one I have had for a while, and now seemed like the perfect time. After driving to a couple local truck stops, I managed to find one that sold the weBoost 4G-M package, for roughly the same price as you would find online. I bought the device, and proceeded to install it in the parking lot.
Installation is fairly simple. You have the booster unit itself, which requires both the internal and external antennas to be connected BEFORE you apply power. The external antenna is a small magnet mount device that goes on top of your vehicle’s roof. The internal antenna is a small thin omni-directional antenna that comes with a strip of Velcro, so you can mount it in your vehicle.
The instructions state that your internal antenna should be mounted no closer than 18″ to your cell phone (or other device you wish to use with the signal booster), and no farther away than 36″. I found that you need the internal antenna to be much closer than that to see any appreciable effect in signal strength. At least, that was the case with my phone, and I have seen some other folks on YouTube report the same experience. I ended up mounting the internal antenna directly below my cell phone mount, so it is within a few inches of the phone.
Once both antennas are mounted, and connected to the correct ports on the booster, you can then connect the power, and turn on the device. If all is well, you should see four green lights on the booster!
I’m pretty satisfied with my purchase. The weBoost 4G-M definitely improved my phone’s performance in the rural areas where I sometimes drive for Uber.
Here’s a screenshot of my phone’s signal in a good reception area with no booster:
This is what it looks like in the same location with the booster enabled:
I’ll have to drive out to a fringe area for cell signal and get some before and after photos there as well, for more data points.
The app in the photos is “Network Cell Info Lite“, and it’s a neat little app for looking up your Android phone’s cell service reception information.