Will the weBoost Office boosters handle 5G?

If you’re going to spend a little coin on your tech, you want it to be futureproof, right? And when you’re talking about an in-office cell phone signal booster, you’ll be paying a little more. So it’s worth knowing if you’ll get a little more.

A little bit about 5G

5G is, as I write this, the latest and greatest cell phone service in the US. Not only can you get speeds faster than your office internet (a LOT faster) but you can also get the clearest voice calls and the fastest response when you browse. 5G is a new technology which was built from the ground up to deliver a web browsing experience that just feels faster. And boy, does it work. If you have a 5G phone you know what I mean.

5G can travel over several different frequencies. The most important one, because it’s the most common right now, is 5G that works on traditional cellular frequencies. All the major carriers use 5G on their 700MHz or 850MHz networks. Some use newly-acquired 600MHz frequencies that used to be allocated to broadcast television. And the holy grail of 5G is so-called “millimeter-wave” 5G. This is 5G service that broadcasts all the way up in the range around 27,000 megahertz. With millimeter-wave 5G, you get the fastest possible internet service coming to you with the best possible tech. But…

Millimeter-wave 5G is still tomorrow’s tech

We can all talk about the theory of how great millimeter-wave 5G is, but it’s still years away from working the way you want it to. With today’s battery technology, your phone needs to be within a couple of hundred feet of a cell tower. And millimeter-wave 5G doesn’t penetrate buildings at all. It’s a great technology but still needs a lot of time to shake out the issues. If you’re walking down Wall Street in Manhattan, or sitting in your local major league stadium, 5G is the choice for you. For most people it’s not really “there yet.”

How weBoost cell phone boosters handle 5G

If you choose a weBoost Office 100 or Office 200 cell booster, you’ll get 5G boost right away. These cell phone signal boosters cover all of the standard cell phone frequencies. That means you’ll get real 5G, today. As for those other cell phone frequencies, the millimeter-wave ones? Truth is no one has a cell booster for them yet. It’s a lot harder than it looks. You need a lot of power and you need to put a lot of antennas in to deal with all the walls in an office. Those millimeter waves don’t pass through walls like regular radio waves do.

So, you can feel confident that your weBoost Office cell phone signal booster will work with 5G. There may be a booster that effectively handles millimeter wave 5G in the future. Who knows. A lot of work still needs to be done. That could take years. Why wait? Get the cell phone service you deserve while you’re at work, now! Shop for weBoost products now at SolidSignal.com. Need help deciding which booster to buy? Call us at 877-312-4547 for a professional recommendation!

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.