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Frequencies by provider

Most Cell Phone Signal Booster Buyers have questions about their carrier compatability. We've put together a chart of the Top Carriers in the US and Canada and listed their frequencies.  You can also buy boosters specifically for your Cell Phone Carrier

3G Frequencies & Popular 3G Technology

3G (short for third Generation) is a mobile telecommunications system used in cell phones that grew in popularity in the 2000s in North America. 3G handles talk, text, and basic mobile internet. 

CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access)  Developed by Qualcomm (an American tech company), CDMA grew in popularity in the 1990s and is the most popular mobile standard in North America and other select countries.

  • USA CDMA Wireless Carriers: Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, Boost Mobile, Ting and Virgin Mobile.
  • Canadian CDMA Wireless Carriers: Bell, Telus, Koodo, Virgin Mobile, Sasktel and MTS.

GSM (Global System for Mobiles)  Developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, GSM grew in popularity in the 1980s and is the most popular mobile standard around the world in over 219 countries.

  • US GSM Wireless Network Carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS.
  • Canadian GSM Wireless Network Carriers: Rogers, Fido, Wind, Mobilicity.

Note: CDMA and GSM phones are incompatible with each other!

4G Frequencies & Terminology

4G (short for fourth Generation) is a mobile telecommunications system used in cell phones that grew in popularity in the 2010s in North America. 4G devices are backward-compatible with 3G, meaning it can handle talk, text, and data-heavy fast internet. 

WiMAX.  THis was one of the first 4G standards; however, popularity has shifted to LTE. Clear (owned by Sprint Nextel) will continue WiMAX support until the end of 2015 before switching to LTE.

LTE (Long Term Evolution).  This is considered to be true 4G and a popular global mobile standard. Although LTE uses different frequencies and bands in different countries, a multi-band LTE-compatible phone will most likely work in different countries.

HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access). Considered 3.5G instead of true 4G, HPSA+ is capable of delivering 4G speeds.

  • US HSPA+ Wireless Network Carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile Cincinnati Bell, etc.
  • Canadian HSPA+ Wireless Network Carriers: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Wind, Sasktel, MTS, Videotron etc.

Note: While 3G handles talk, text, and basic internet, 4G can handle 3G duties and also do fast streaming internet for data-heavy services such as YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Hulu, Netflix, Facebook, Google Chrome, Google Maps, iTunes, and other apps.

Also, check out our cell phone signal boosters that work on most major phones and carriers for buildings such as homes and offices or vehicles such as cars, RVs, and boats. If you need a starting point with signal boosters, our  Buyers Guide provides thorough and simple information.

SignalBoosters have solutions tailor-made for you. You can also start by shopping by your US or Canadian carrier.

For more questions, comments and more information, please call us at 1-800-470-6777 or email us at sales@signalboosters.com. We’d be glad to help.