T-Mobile Booster on Koodo's network?

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My Koodo phone (Samsung Galaxy SII) works fine with T-Mobile when I go south but the signal is a bit weak in my place. I bought a T-Mobile booster off Ebay called a Cell-Fi for use in the USA and had it delivered to a neighbor in Phoenix so it's waiting there for me. I have my fingers crossed that it will work. It's got good ratings.

I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but I got thinking... if Koodo cell phones usually work on T-Mobile, maybe a T-Mobile booster would work with Koodo? As in, should I bring it back with me so I can use it out at the lake next summer (where Koodo coverage is also a bit weak)?

Here's what the product says for specs:

Supports band I and VIII or band II and V—WCDMA/HSPA+

Here's a link to the booster:


What do you guys think? Any chance?

And are the frequencies on this booster compatible with a newer phone like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Note III?
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Koodo's network operates on Band 2 and Band 5, but what you've posted doesn't match the info on the manufacturer's website.

The website states that the T-Mobile variant supports Bands 2 and 4, meaning that should the towers in your area use Band 5, you'll be out of luck.

The AT&T version supports Koodo's frequencies, though I'm not familiar with this product and can make no claim that it will work. These are marketed toward specific carriers and could be programmed to find signals for those carriers only.
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Thanks Ivan. I got a reply back from the company that makes the product. He said about the same thing:

Telus ; Bands 2+5 (PCS 1900 and Cell 850 MHz)
T-Mobile ; Bands 2+4 9PCS 1900 and AWS 1700/2100 MHz)

So while some phones will work on both systems, this particular booster needs to match both bands in order to work properly.

He didn't mention trying the AT&T booster on Koodo but I'm sure there would be an issue there too. *sigh*

He directed me to the Canadian site for their company and said they are considering a Telus/Koodo product but don't have one at the moment.
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The reason the T-Mobile booster wont work is because T-Mobile and Kooodo run off completely different networks as you can clearly see.

AT&T runs on the same type of network as Koodo so actually, an AT&T "booster" will probably work.
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Well the networks aren't COMPLETELY different. My Koodo Samsung Galaxy SIIX works just fine on T-Mobile (and AT&T). So it's not too stupid to wonder if a booster for T-Mobile could work on Telus. I mean it's not "will my Ham Radio work on Koodo" stupid.

But still, very good points. I bought the T-Mobile booster off ebay for my US property for $135. At least I wasn't paying the $500 - $700 they mention on the web site.

If they don't have a Telus specific booster by spring, I'll look around for an AT&T booster. Thanks for the tips!
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If the booster isn't tied to T-Mobile only somehow, it may work for you if you're lucky enough to be covered by Band 2. As you already own the booster, there's no harm in trying it out.

For example, a few years ago I was using a European Nokia E72 (on Bell, same network towers as Telus here in Ontario) which only had Band 2. I found that without Band 5, my rural connection was almost non-existent but I was covered in all areas important to me. You only need one area to have Band 2 so you have a 50/50 chance of the booster working for you.
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Try the wi-ex (zboost yx545) That is the unit I have installed, as I have a metal roof and live in a fringe area.. My antenna is up on my tv-antenna mast, about 50 feet Using speedtest at various times, I get about 2mb down just outside the house. Step inside and it goes up to 7 and a noticable clearer call signal/voice quality as well. Works great with Koodo, Rogers, Bell,
Coverage-up to 3000 sq ft
Supports multiple users simultaneously
Protects the carrier network
- System Gain: 60dB
- PCS band supported: A, D, B, E, F, C
- Networks: CDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, EV