The 3 Best Vodacom Signal Boosters
- 29 Jul, 2019
Vodacom is the largest South-African and Pan-African mobile operator, which means they provide the largest network area coverage in the country. The reality however is that some of these areas still have weak or poor signal. You can use this handy Vodacom Coverage Map to see if your area is covered. But be aware, just because your area is covered doesn't mean your signal will be strong.
Vodacom, being the largest mobile operator with the best cellular infrastructure in South Africa, has agreed to let Telkom users roam on their network in areas where there is a bad signal or no coverage for Telkom users - meaning the Vodacom network is becoming increasingly crowded, which could lead too poor signal and dropped calls.
You'll get strong 3G and 4G LTE signal if (and a big if) you're getting a very good signal from the cell tower. However, with the increased demand on the infrastructure, and an increasing number of users per cell tower you would most likely experience a decrease in signal quality and reception.
But if you're reading this article, and looking for a way to boost your poor Vodacom cell signal, we have the answer you have been looking for.
First, let's explain why you're getting low bars and poor reception. Cell phone signals are radio waves that span great distances but are interrupted by almost everything under the sun:
- Cell tower distance
- User over-crowding on cell towers
- Outside interference: Trees, hills, mountains, valleys, and tall structures like buildings and urban crowding.
- Building material: Metal, glass, concrete, brick, radiant barrier, and other conductive material (electrical or magnetic).
- Internal building obstructions: Thick walls, other electrical devices, clutter, etc.
- Even the weather.
By the time the signal reaches your cell phone, it's weak and erratic leading to limited coverage and spotty reception. You'll raise your phone in the air hoping the antenna will pick up something, hanging on to that one bar of 3G or 4G if you're lucky.
Everything changes with a Vodacom Signal Booster.
A Vodacom Signal Booster takes the existing weak signal, amplifies it up to 32X, and then broadcasts the boosted signal to an area in need in your home or car.
Stronger signal and more bars:
- ICASA Approved. Complete kits, easy to install.
- Better coverage: no need to be at a particular spot or do yoga poses to get a signal.
- Reliable reception: no more dropped calls, repeating a conversation, or static-sounding voices
- Consistent service: faster internet, uploads, and downloads.
- Works for all phones & cellular devices.
- No monthly fees, no need to connect to wifi.
- Works for all Vodacom networks and subsidiaries. Also boosts the signal for MTN, Cell C, Telkom, and Rain.
For homes, whether you're in a remote rural area with an off-the-grid farmhouse or cottage or the big city with difficult-to-get-signal buildings, our recommended cell phone boosters get the job done. They'll extend your Vodacom network signal up to 1000m2 depending on your outside signal and amplifier.
Our vehicle signal boosters work for cars, sedans, bakkies, caravans and even boats.
Vodacom Enterprise signal boosters cover up to 30 000m2 buildings, although it takes a dedicated team of installers and planners to get the absolute best service.
Why be a servant to the cell tower? Bring the cell tower inside your home! Below are our top recommendations.
Vodacom Cell Phone Signal Booster For Home
Improves 4G LTE & 3G coverage up to 500m2 (most homes).
Most popular home booster:
Trusted by hundreds of people across rural & urban South Africa.
- High-powered range: Up to +70 dB gain for 32X stronger signal.
WilsonPro A500 has been the most recommended home booster for years in a row for good reason. It's a dependable performer that covers most homes for better service.
The average home size in South Africa is around 250m2. Under absolute best conditions, the WilsonPro A500 covers up to 500m2 with great outside signal and an open-spaced layout home.
Real-world results and customer reviews put it at 300m2 - 450m2 and a little less for rural areas.A great option for most homes, small offices, farmhouses, and buildings under 500m2. If you're getting some spotty reception, we'd recommend to start with this first since this tends to be the Goldilocks or "just right" model.
Vodacom Cell Phone Signal Booster For Offices and Large Buildings
Whole home coverage:
Improves 4G LTE & 3G coverage up to 1000m2 (large buildings).
For Large Building Coverage:
Trusted by hundreds of thousands of people across rural & urban South Africa
- High-powered range: Up to +74 dB gain for 32X stronger signal.
The Wilson Pro A1000 (50 Ohm) from Wilson Electronics is the most popular commercial cell phone signal boosters we currently offer. It features automatic gain control with a self-optimizing design for easy installation & maintenance.
Best-case scenarios can expect coverage up to 1000m2. More likely results can at least expect 750-900m2 even with below-average outside signal. Again, fringe zones can expect a little less.
If you have an extremely poor signal (remote area) or need wide coverage for a building 1000m2 and over like a warehouse, the WilsonPro A1000 is your new best friend.
Vodacom Cell Phone Signal Booster For Vehicles and Single Rooms
Our Pick Drive AM 100-Pro
- High-powered range: Up to +50 dB gain for 32X stronger signal.
- Multi-user: Boosts signal for multiple users in a vehicle
For the Single Room Solution: Depending on the outside signal, you will get 1 room coverage under best conditions. But you're not here because of best conditions, so it's more realistic to say small office to single room coverage (about 100m2 to 150m2).
A great option for single-office, home office and small areas like cottages and apartments. Good starter kit if you have decent outside signal but doesn't cover the whole home and not a strong performer in rural areas with poor signal.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
No. They're completely different products.
A Vodacom Microcell needs to be connected to a broadband landline internet to work. In short, it acts as a personal cell tower by converting your broadband landline to cell signals and vice versa.
A Vodacom signal booster takes your pre-existing weak cell signal and amplifies that 3G & 4G LTE into your home, office, or car. Think of it as a megaphone, it enhances the signal for your phone to pick up.
A Vodacom signal booster and here's why.
Vodacom now suggests users connect to WiFi calling instead of installing Microcells.
If you already have broadband landline internet from Vodacom, Mweb, Afrihost or any internet provider, we recommend going with WiFi calling.
A Vodacom Microcell is additional equipment you don't need since WiFi calling does the same thing and it's free.
But if you don't have a landline internet service provider nor have access to it–especially rural areas, then a Vodacom booster is the best choice since it doesn't require any type of internet or WiFi service to work.
It simply reaches farther to the nearest cell tower, bypasses multiple interferences, and brings a stronger signal to your phone.
Vodacom mobile hotspot routers use 3G & 4G LTE signals, and that's what signal boosters do: enhance 3G & 4G LTE signal!
From any Wireless Internet router, it'll get better signal and speeds, especially if the Vodacom4G router has an external antenna port that can directly connect to the Vodacom signal booster.
Yes, yes, and yes.
Whether it's an iPhone, Samsung, LG, or any phone, if it's working on the Vodacom network, then a signal booster will also improve reception to your phone.
Our Vodacom signal boosters from Wilson Electronics (weBoost & WilsonPro) are multi-network systems. This means they are also compatible with MTN, Cell C, Telkom, and other major and local networks. They are future-proof!
The rollout process for 5G in South Africa is expected to take another 2-3 years. South African mobile operators are waiting on the communications regulator (ICASA) to license the required spectrum.
The Minister of Communications, Ndabeni-Abrahams has asked ICASA to investigate and report on the required spectrum for 5G. This report is due to be released end of May 2020, whereafter a separate policy direction on the 5G candidate bands will be issued.
4G LTE is still being built out across South Africa. In fact, 4G LTE is the backbone of the nation's wireless service. It's not going anywhere anytime soon, AND it's getting faster.
4G LTE is expected to peak in 2030-2035. So...come back in a decade and ask the same question and we might have a different answer by then.
Bolton Technical is a leading provider of cell phone signal boosters, devices that amplify 4G & 3G LTE for any phone with any carrier for home, office, or car.
We’ve boosted over 1 000,000 sq meter of signal for homes, buildings, and vehicles across America and South Africa.
- Free consultation (ask us anything) with our SA-based customer support. Email us or Phone: +27 11 749 3085
- Free delivery for orders over R500 to main centres. Usually ships same day.
- 30-day (seriously) money-back guarantee. You want to make sure you're satisfied.
Our goal is simple: keep people connected. Ask us anything and we'll be glad to help.