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Old 09-20-2020, 02:06 PM   #1
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Hello,
Can anyone recommend the best cellular phone booster for traveling trawler?
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Old 09-20-2020, 05:18 PM   #2
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In a prior life, I ran a company that owned a distributor of cellular phones and equipment, including all the major brands of boosters. I still follow that closely for a variety of reasons. Right now, I would recommend either the SmoothTalker boosters or PepLink PepWave routers and antennas. I'm assuming better data rates are your objective? Where and how will you be using the boat? In a whole bunch of areas, coverage has gotten so good, a booster is no longer a necessity. Plus installation integrity is a critical factor for boosters.
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Old 09-20-2020, 06:32 PM   #3
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I have a Wilson booster that I've used for 10 or so years. It will usually add at least one bar in remote locations. But George makes a good point that in most areas, a booster isn't really necessary anymore, at least compared to a few years ago.
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Cell Booster

Good morning George & Ken,

Thank you for your response. This will be our 1st adventure down the Tombigbee River to Mobile Bay and then to Marathon. We pretty much decided not to install one before we go and just see how necessary a booster really is.

We do a lot of streaming on our cell phones thru the tv.

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In our current state of cell technology, I don't believe cell boosters will help at all on a moving boat. Any article you find on the internet is from a company that sells boosters. My best advice is that you can get a refund if it doesn't improve your signal.
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I have the Shakespeare cell booster on my boat and it does help in some areas, but not always. Here in the Pacific Northwest and in Canada, coverage is divided between Verizon and T-Mobile. In remote anchorages, often one will work but not the other. The best solution here is to get a mobile hotspot from the carrier other than your phone. Something like this: https://www.t-mobile.com/search?q=fr...bile%20hotspot
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I used to easily get coverage about 10nm out at sea from downtown, but those transmitters were a few hundred feet high on the top of towers. That's without a booster.


So with a booster what kind of range have you guys achieved?
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Old 09-21-2020, 02:22 PM   #8
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We don't know what kind of coverage we get yet. We will be starting our departure November 1, 2020 from Decatur, Alabama down the Tombigbee to Mobile to Marathon.
We have decided not to purchase anything at this time and just see what we can get on our cell phones.

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