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Does signal boosters really work?

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    while going through eBay I came to know of a certain instrument called "Signal Booster" which as per company can boost our mobile signals. It is very convenient to use and fit in almost any circumstances. As I live in a very low network area, is it worthwhile to go for a Signal booster?

    I am just curious to know how it actually works and if it really works, then which one would be a better brand to go?

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    To be honest I don't think they do work, and a signal booster in my opinion is about as useful as the battery saving apps that you can dmfind on all the app stores.

    While the theory behind them sounds good, you often find that there's little difference if any at all, and everybody I know that tries them as been left dissapointed.

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    Do not be naive. That is a scam. It will not work. Nothing can boost your signal. My opinion.

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    If you ask me, it's all just a BS. I don't think any signal booster actually works in reality, in fact, it's just made to get some attention. I mean how could any app boost the signals, unless you have everything perfectly installed.
    I don't feel there is any use of such apps and signal comes right from the provider. If it goes down, you can't really do anything with it, other than contacting the provider.

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    there is something called repeater, that costs 15k-20k and installed by the service provider. those things work, what is given on ebay is a scam
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    there is something called repeater, that costs 15k-20k and installed by the service provider. those things work, what is given on ebay is a scam
    20k is too costly for me. Thanks for letting me know of the signal boosters. I was also skeptical on its actual usage and that is why I thought it would be better to have your feedback before actually buying one. I think nowadays online shopping is flooded with a lot scams like this and people will become prey to these offers easily. Forums like this are a great help to provide the right guidance in such matters.

    I use mobile broadband from Idea and in rural areas their service is really pathetic. They are not focusing on rural areas due to lo low customer base. Thanks again for the guidance.

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    These booster seems to work, as far as I know. But they are not meant to be purchased by individual end users. Your service provider should purchase it for you and install it in your area. If you can bring enough customers with you from the same service provide, you can lodge a complain about week signal and I'm sue they'll work for you.

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    Getting a group of local people together, that are all on the same network and all having signal issues can be easier said than done though.

    The only reason a company will increase its signal or connectivity in a specific area is if it will be cost effective for them, and if it isn't, while they might sympathise, they won't actually do anything to help.

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    I think these "signal boosters" are a scam. Just something useless that someone is trying to make money off of. I would leave them alone.

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    There are lots of scams around, especially when it comes to promising services like this, as I think a lot of the time they'll work with the placebo effect.

    Your signal won't be boosted in any way, but you'll just think it's better because you have one of these installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    There are lots of scams around, especially when it comes to promising services like this, as I think a lot of the time they'll work with the placebo effect.

    Your signal won't be boosted in any way, but you'll just think it's better because you have one of these installed.
    Totaly agree with you. All "signal boosters " are a scam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    Getting a group of local people together, that are all on the same network and all having signal issues can be easier said than done though.

    The only reason a company will increase its signal or connectivity in a specific area is if it will be cost effective for them, and if it isn't, while they might sympathise, they won't actually do anything to help.
    Agree. But while I was in an area where we actually had a problem; we, just couple of us, raised a complain to the service provider and they did install a signal booster. If you are from India, you can possibly connect with it - it was the case of Powai, Mumbai. We were using a corporate connection from Airtel and 5 of us were after the Airtel office near by and as I said they heard us and installed the booster. The situation was not changed dramatically but it helped... and fwiw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    Getting a group of local people together, that are all on the same network and all having signal issues can be easier said than done though.

    The only reason a company will increase its signal or connectivity in a specific area is if it will be cost effective for them, and if it isn't, while they might sympathise, they won't actually do anything to help.
    I think your are right. Just recently only we collected ten new applications for new Asianet broadband connection and handed it over to the company. Hope they will come up in our area very soon. Initially When we approached them for a connection, what they wanted was at least 10 prospective customers from our area. Now we are waiting for their OFC to get broadband connection. We lost hope in BSNL.

    These companies will only work if they find enough business potential in the area. After all their ultimate aim is to make profit at any cost.

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    I don't know whether it is a scam or not. But as I am from Communication background, I know a little about signals. A booster is nothing but an amplifier, which amplifies the signal. It just acts like a mediator between mobile antenna and tower. I had a signal booster installed in lab for my project work. But the problem is, even though you have a booster, you need to know the signal configuration of your service provider(which is very difficult) in order to use it.
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