We have VZW and ATT as our only options here. ATT signal is non existent in our location and VZW is very weak, nearest tower is 5 miles through woods. We could just barely get one bar outside our home, and it was impossible to make a cell call. After researching boosters, we purchased SureCall Fusion4Home with outdoor yagi (directional) antenna. We do bounce between 3G and 4G, but usually have enough signal now to make a call or browse internet. (Not strong enough to stream). The most important thing to remember is a booster will boost a weak signal, and also noise. You need a usable signal outside to utilize a booster. If you have too much noise when talking to cell tower, you will always have slow connection, it's just the way the technology works. It prioritizes stronger signals first. If you need any other info, let me know, we've had the booster for about 1.5 years now.
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Yes, and no. I was able to keep same plan and cost even with Gen 5. I decided to up to 20GB plan as it was only $10. If I had known this was a plug and play from Gen4, I would have done it when Gen4 contract was up. We have an Amazon prime account and a Roku, so it doesn't take long to use data up streaming, but had no buffering problems at all watching a movie on Prime with Gen5. I used approx 2.5-3 GB per hour though! Now on FAP the next 5 days, and it still seems faster than Gen4 was at full speed. I think I said it in earlier post, the only caveat (for us anyway) is data cap. I understand WHY it's there, but it still sucks. It's expensive technology, with relatively small number of people to split costs. It is first truly high speed internet we've had. Yes, I do recommend you upgrade to Gen5 as long as you don't have other high speed options.
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