For the mom who gives us everything - Mother's Day gifts that connects us.
What is happening with 3G?
J

New Member

 • 

5 Messages

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 4:30 PM

Cell booster and Cell Booster Pro

Are the new Cell Boosters going to be available before February 2022, before you cut service to the MicroCells? FYI: I can NOT use WiFi calling feature due to my main internet is Satellite and my Frontier internet is only fast enough to serve the MicroCell.  

The new Cell Booster look just like TMobile's CellSpot, are they the same equipment?

Accepted Solution

Official Solution

ACE - Expert

 • 

24.2K Messages

2 years ago

@JBurcham Some current users of the MicroCell with active accounts will be receiving a free MicroCell (Cell Booster, CB) in the next couple of weeks. They will be sent out on a random basis. They should go on sale to the general public in the coming weeks but whether they will be available by the end of Feb. when the current service goes dark is still unknown. If AT&T handles this like the way they did the original MicroCell, expect some delays and issues. I am actively working on an updated MicroCell Technical Guide (link is in my sig line) so hopefully some questions will be answered there once I get it reviewed and am allowed to post it.

From the information that I do have so far, the Cellular Booster (CB) is still a femtocell and not an actual cellular booster, so the requirements and setup will be very similar to the current MicroCell.

Chances are you will still need a land-based connection (cable, DSL, or

fiber). A satellite or WiFi internet service probably won't work well either due to lag. The minimum download speeds will be 5Mbps down and 1Mbps up but faster will be better for reliability.

As far as mfr and tech specs you'll just have to wait.

ACE - Expert

 • 

64.7K Messages

2 years ago

Not sure if anyone knows the answer but any internet that supports the microcell should be sufficient to support WiFi calling too. I’ve used WiFi calling from a cruise ship in Australia and that was over satellite internet.

ACE - Sage

 • 

117.1K Messages

2 years ago

Neither the MicroCell, nor the new MicroCell  (which is being marketed under a misnomer as cell booster) is capable of using your satellite internet to create a connection.

Given the requirements of the MicroCell, and the requirements of Wi-Fi calling, there is no reason you cannot use Wi-Fi calling with your Frontier or your satellite internet service.

   If you're getting a poor connection, Force The Connection by turning airplane mode, then wifi back on. 

ACE - Sage

 • 

117.1K Messages

2 years ago

@OttoPylot  please chime in on the technical requirements of wifi calling vs microcell

ACE - Expert

 • 

24.2K Messages

2 years ago

@formerlyknownas I setup my DPH-154 a couple of weeks ago to check some things and it is working very well. Certainly as good as WiFi-C, which surprised me a bit.  I left WiFi-C enabled on our iPhones and there has not been any issues with dropped calls or connectivity like there used to be. So, the current MicroCell works with WiFi-C enabled (and of course WiFi is always enabled). Download speeds are still a paltry 2.5-3.0Mbps and upload is about 128kbps, which is normal for the current MicroCell. 

The DPH-154 is upstairs connected to a hard wired AP so the signal propagation is downwards, which apparently offers better and more stable coverage throughout our 3500 sq. ft. home. Similar to having a router or AP as high up as possible. Once I get the new CB (femtocell, whatever) I will connect it in the same location/orientation, test it and see what happens. The connection range with the current MicroCell is no where as wide as WiFi-C but that is to be expected.

If the new unit performs the same or better, then leaving WiFi-C enabled will be nice. We use WiFi-C when we visit some friends because they have poor cellular service and if we continue to use the CB, we won't have to worry about Airplane Mode or any of that other nonsense associated with the MicroCell. However, a lot of this will depend, as it did with the current iteration of MicroCell, on how well the particular phone will play with the CB.

New Member

 • 

5 Messages

2 years ago

Thank you for the info!

New Member

 • 

5 Messages

2 years ago

Yes, my Frontier internet would support wifi calling but it only supplies just enough speed to run the microcell or wifi calling, NOT able to use wifi calling and still use phone to browse internet.  That is why I have to have the Satellite internet for everything else that uses internet. I have not other internet option. 

Community Support

 • 

231.4K Messages

2 years ago

Hi JBurcham! Let's address your cell booster availability inquiry!

 

Starting November 2, 2021,  AT&T launched the AT&T Cell Booster in Washington state & parts of Idaho with the goal to launch nationally in the 1st quarter of 2022. The AT&T Cell Booster is currently not in stock, please continue to check it's availability.   

 

Also, check out our available hotspots devices to help with your wireless cellular connection and our data-only plans for your mobile hotspots and other devices. 

 

Let us know if this helps! Thank you for reaching out to the AT&T Community Forums!

 

Rhoda, AT&T Community Specialist 

ACE - Expert

 • 

24.2K Messages

2 years ago

@JBurcham What are your internet speeds with Frontier and who is your satellite provider?

In the past, satellite internet was not reliable enough for the MicroCell because of lag and the fact that the MicroCell was designed for land-based internet, which has different protocols for connectivity.

ACE - Expert

 • 

23.9K Messages

2 years ago

@JBurcham 

Starlink should be the next thing you look into and drop the sat internet.

Not finding what you're looking for?
New to AT&T Community?
New to the AT&T Community? Start by visiting the Community How-To.
New to the AT&T Community?
Visit the Community How-To.