Verizon's 4G LTE Network Extender now available at a price of $249.99


Verizon is launching a 4G LTE Network Extender today, a device that will allow Big Red subscribers to get in on the 4G LTE fun even when not in the carrier's LTE coverage range. Verizon already has great coverage in the US, but with this new toy, you can rest assured that your mobile devices will always be connected to the outside world even in places that are usually considered remote. Essentially, the network extender acts as a personal 4G LTE tower.

Verizon says that the Samsung-made device is designed for self-installation, which should mean that the device only needs access to a power outlet and a broadband internet connection before beaming LTE signal. Verizon's 4G LTE network extender covers an area of 7,500 square foot, which should suffice for most businesses and homes. The device provides HD Voice and 4G LTE data for up to seven devices while an eight channel is specifically reserved for emergency calls. 

Additionally, Verizon says that its new network extender makes use of Samsung's 'self-optimizing network technology'. What this means is that the device is able to automatically adjust its coverage depending on its surroundings. Furthermore, the network extender will allow your devices to automatically transition to Big Red's 4G LTE network if overlapping coverage is available.

Verizon's LTE extender is launching today at a price of $250. That's much more than what T-Mobile asks for its own network extenders: no fee but a $25 deposit on the device. The upside of buying the network extender up front is that you won't have to give back the device once you terminate your Verizon subscription, although it's hard to see any use for the thing if you're not on Big Red.

What do you guys think of Verizon's 4G LTE Network Extender, is it worth $250?

source: Verizon

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16 Comments

1. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

that's a rip off, why they charge 250$ while Tmobile gives the same technology for 25$?! I'm not saying that tmobile are saint! they are company who operate for profit and money but they do a much, much more fair trade with their customers! as author mentioned at the end of the article, whats the point of keeping the device if you are out of Verizon?! which automatically translate in my head to another sleezy tactic to chain you in! Shame!

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Because of a couple things. First, doesn't have the coverage that Verizon does. I tired to get on with them, but couldn't because I love in an area that's considered roaming for them. You have to be on their home network to get service with them. Their coverage map that shows coverage all across the US includes their roaming areas. Find a map that only shows their home network, and it's nowhere near the coverage the other shows. They mostly stick to major cities. All that means is less people they can potentially cover. Second, they're in a distant third place among the carriers, so they have a greater need to sign up more people. Ever wonder why T-Mobile, Sprint,and other smaller carriers have these great deals? Because they have to to try and wrestle customers away from the larger two. They need to be more competitive, so they offer more value for what you get. I'd guarantee that if the situation were reversed and T-Mobile was #1, they'd be doing the same thing Verizon is. Let me say that while what I've said above is the reality of the situation, I don't like it or Verizon either. But it is what it is. Verizon uses their better coverage to beat their customers over the head with it, and suck whatever hey can out of them. And they'll continue to do so until they're not top dog anymore.

11. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

I am a truck driver, so imagine how much and how far I travel cross country! but I'm not gonna ditch my tmobile for Verizon. why? first because of limited internet and trust me the coverage of tmobile is not that bad that others are trying to convince us! besides is verizons coverage is so good that you are defending with nails and teeth, whats the point of offering such devices and if a reputable so called #1 wants to preserve and defend its title (BEST COVERAGE) then why is it priced so high?! isn't it frustrating for customers with bad coverage who has to pay another 250$?! irony huh?!

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Their coverage isn't bad, but like I said, you have to be able to get their service in the first place, and for that you have to live in one of their home areas, not a roaming one. In my state, only the largest city has T-Mobile, and only in that city. Anywhere else in the state they're roaming of AT&T. Like I said, I would've loved to be on T-Mobile, but unless I want to move a 1200 acre farm 200 miles away, it ain't happening. I just called into T-Mobile to check if anything had changed and sure enough, I'm still considered a roaming area and cannot get service with them. Good coverage doesn't mean they cover ever square foot of the country. There isn't a carrier out there that does. I'm not defending them tooth and nail, I'm stating reality. Did you even read the last paragraph of my last comment? The reason it's priced so high, is because they can, plain and simple. Not all of us have the choice of different carriers. We have decent Verizon coverage in my area, not perfect, but decent. The only other carrier that's even an option for us is AT&T, and their coverage is paltry here. I'd have to travel 10 miles to get a signal from them. T-Mobile only has roaming off of AT&T and Spring my only has roaming off of Verizon, and they both have policies that you can't get service if you live in a roaming area, so neither of them is an option. Yes it's damn frustrating to pay through the nose for service, but if my only other options are pay the same amount for worse service through AT&T or drop cell service altogether, then there really isn't another option is there?

2. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

I need it but that's a damn ripoff

12. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

of course it is my friend! being on #1 CARRIER who claims the best coverage sacrificing all the perks of other carriers and fork over extra 250$ for gotting coverage!

3. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

T-Mobile cel-fi wave aka personal cellspot doesn't work unless outside signal is -105dBm or lower which makes it a poorly made repeater. Not the same as a extender.

5. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Plus the LTE cel-fi wave T-Mobile has closed firmware. Also if LTE bands 13 or 17 are stronger it will boost those effectively cancelling your data cause T-Mobile has no roaming agreement with AT&T or Verizon on LTE.

4. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Will it work with prepaid phones?

6. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

In the Alexandria/Johnstown Ohio(43031) area T-Mobile transmits both it's LTE and edge Tech's on band 2 1900mHz which makes it nearly impossible to use a omni directional repeater. Since it's the same freq the repeater bounces from one tier to the next not knowing one is edge and the other is LTE makes Volte useless cause when it switches it drops the call exynos soc phones reboot a lot from watchdog panics cause of it hmmm note5 Qualcomm soc handles it much better.

7. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Where did you get a Note 5 with a Qualcomm SoC

9. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Oops could of structured that better note5 is exynos, Qualcomm socs I've tested note 4 and OnePlus 3. Sorry for the confusion it was late when I wrote that.

10. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Oops could of structured that better note5 is exynos, Qualcomm socs I've tested note 4 and OnePlus 3. Sorry for the confusion it was late when I wrote that.

13. syed_itsa

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

ATT Microcell is only 4G ---/ They are really bad in coverage now -- They are focusing on TV

15. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

T-Mo and the other smaller carriers eat the cost of their extenders because they need to try harder to keep their customers. One of my family members has a house with a metal roof and is also in a marginal coverage area. I got them a network extender and it's like they have a tower in their front yard. For people that need it I think the price is fine. You have to remember that Verizon buys these things from Samsung and then resells them to their customers. They have the edge in coverage and at the same time can't afford to lose money by giving them away.

16. cjones1130

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Also, Verizon recommends a 20Mbps down/10Mbps up internet connection. So it essentially excludes the mass rural population that this box could help, where those type speeds aren't attainable...

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