A Look at the Verizon Cell Phone Network Extender

Written by Felipe on February 14th, 2011

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Today we will be taking a look at a product called the Verizon network extender.

This is a product that is similar to the AT&T Microcell signal booster but of course it is exclusively used by Verizon customers. If you would like to read about the AT&T Microcell, you can do that by clicking here.

In this article I will take a look at the Verizon service extender device and at the end I’ll let you know what my thoughts are about this product.

Let’s get the technicalities out of a way first. While many people may be confused and think that this is a device that actually amplifies the cellular phone signal that you receive from Verizon’s cell phone towers, my understanding of the product is that is not really an accurate depiction of what the device is at all.

Some people have compared these devices to “mini cell phone towers” but they aren’t actually towers in in sense that you may be used to thinking about cell phone towers.

What is The Verizon Cell Phone Network Extender Then?

Traditional cell phone signal boosters amplify the signal that your cellular phone is able to transmit to the nearest cellular towers. The Verizon wireless booster antenna is actually a device that connects your cell phone to your broadband or DSL Internet connection. My understanding is that all calls that you make from your cellular phone while you are within range of the device go through the Internet and not through the Verizon cellular network.

Why You Might Want To Use This Device

Now that you understand that it’s not really a signal booster in the sense that you might expect it to be, let me take a minute and talk about why you might want to purchase and use this device. If you live in an area where you are plagued by poor cell phone reception in your home or even in your place of business, you can purchase one of these devices. Then, anytime you use your cellular phone while you are near the device, the signal will be much stronger because your phone only needs to transmit and receive a signal the short distance between your cell phone and the network extender device. Those people who live in rural areas who find it difficult to get a good enough cellular phone signal might benefit by using this product.

How Much Does This Device Cost?

If you decide that you would like to purchase one of these network extenders, it will cost you $249.99. After you purchase the device, there are no additional fees to use it. The only additional expense might come if you want to purchase an external GPS antenna. The device needs to have clear access to the GPS satellite networks so many people can simply position the device near a window and that works fine for them. If positioning it near a window won’t be practical for you, you can purchase an external GPS antenna.

System Requirements

Any cellular phone that will work on the Verizon network will work with this Network Extender device. The only requirement is that you have an adequate high speed Internet connection. I should point out that the only compatible Internet connections are broadband and DSL connections. It will not function on wireless broadband connections, satellite Internet connections, or EVDO broadband connections.

The faster your connection is, the better this product will work but if you have a broadband connection of at least 1 Mbps, it should work fine. It’s worth pointing out that if you happen to be downloading a large file or several people are using your broadband connection at once, the signal quality of the phone call may be worse than if no other devices were using your broadband Internet connection.

What If You Leave Your House While Talking On Your Cell Phone Through The Device

If you’re talking on your wireless phone and you have to leave your house, the device will attempt to pass the call off to the nearest cell phone tower. If there isn’t a tower near enough to transfer the call to, the call will drop. If you are talking on your phone when you walk inside your house, the call will not be transferred to the device.

Thanks for taking the time to read my review on the Verizon cell phone booster for home and business use! Before you leave, please have a look at all of my other useful and interesting articles!


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