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AT&T related help: AT&T Cell Booster FAQ



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Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 7:48 AM

Call booster and Wi-Fi calling

What's the point of having a call booster when you have Wi-Fi calling because if he use a booster it goes against your data and the boosters hooked up to your internet. I'm missing somewhere this don't make a lot of sense

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ACE - Expert

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64.7K Messages

2 years ago

You aren’t missing anything. You don’t need a booster if you have WiFi calling.

ACE - Sage

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2 years ago

So don't use one.   

And they both use your internet data.

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2 years ago

Thanks, I didn't think so and when they say in the FAQ that it's best to use

WiFi, but it doesn't say that it will switch to your WiFi. Either way, I'm sending it back. I didn't ask for it, it's just something else I got hooked up. I appreciate you're feed back.

ACE - Expert

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22.8K Messages

2 years ago

@Bigbbaldmike13 The new Cell Booster, which is still a femtocell, just makes a cellular connection so data usage would be the same as if you were connected to a tower. The recommendation is to leave WiFi enabled (not be to be confused with WiFi-C) so that only your calls go cellular and any data is goes thru your WiFi connection.

Bu yeah, if you are using WiFi-C now, then you don't need the Cell Booster. The Cell Booster, just like its predecessor, was meant for folks who have poor in-home coverage.

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2 Messages

2 years ago

Is it still useful for when friends come over so they don’t have to log into your WiFi to make a call?

ACE - Expert

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2 years ago

@Carten Yes, if they have AT&T accounts and phones that meet the LTE requirements on AT&T's network. You are limited to 8 simultaneous users at once. Keep in mind that anyone can access the Cell Booster if they meet the requirements. You have no control over who has access like there was with the MicroCell. In a home, that's probably not going to be much of an issue. In an apartment complex, it may be.

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3 Messages

2 years ago

How do I know if I’m connected to the NEW femtoCell  device or not, whereas the microcell connection would be indicated in the top left of my iPhone?

ACE - Expert

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2 years ago

@Edwardvan00 This is covered in my Tech Guide and as soon as AT&T approves it, it will be linked in my sig line where the MicroCell Tech Guide is now.

There is no alpha tag for the Cell Booster like there was with the MicroCell. If all of the lights are a solid white on the Cell Booster then it's working as it should. If you disable WiFi on the phone, you should see LTE where the WiFi signal bars are. The reason you can't see it is that LTE is "covered up" by the WiFi signal bars. See my post in the MicroCell Forum about that.

Going forward, all of your questions about the Cell Booster should be placed in the MicroCell Forum. The Forum name will be changed in a couple of weeks the AT&T Cell Booster Forum or something similar, and all femtocell questions should go there.

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1 year ago

Just set up my booster and waiting for all the white lights to go solid. I live in a dead zone and my wi-fi calling was intermittent and would not always work, and was told that wifi calling works when calling another cell, but if calling a landline you need the cell booster.  My question is do I need to disable wi-fi calling from settings or can I leave it on and hope the one or the other will work from my home

ACE - Sage

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1 year ago

@marypie   ....and was told that wifi calling works when calling another cell, but if calling a landline you need the cell booster. ..

Not true.  Wi-Fi calling is just another way to connect to the AT&T network. It allows you to call and text any other phone number.

If you are not going to use Wi-Fi calling, you should turn it off.. 

If you ever need to force Wi-Fi calling, turn on airplane mode then turn Wi-Fi back on. This would force your phone use Wi-Fi calling instead of cellular. 

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