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Verizon introduces LTE network extender for homes and businesses

Verizon and Samsung have revealed a 4G LTE network extender aimed both at consumer and business customers. As you might guess, the box extends the reach of Verizon's network in your home or office, allowing you to get strong cellular signal wherever you go.

From Verizon (opens in new tab):

The 4G LTE Network Extender features Samsung's innovative small cell technology, which enables Verizon subscribers to make HD Voice and Video calls, access mobile data, and stream content from in-building locations where existing cellular coverage may not adequately reach.  The product provides a cost-effective and simple-to-install solution to overcome the challenges of weak coverage in buildings with dense materials or located in remote areas — helping significantly boost productivity for offices and residences.  

The Network Extender is meant to offer strong LTE connections for up to 7 devices, and has an eighth channel reserved for 911 calls. It features self-optimization network technology from Samsung that allows it to automatically adjust coverage based on needs.

You'll be able to get the 4G LTE Network Extender directly from Verizon beginning June 30 for $249.99.

  • Holy $250! And what about having superior coverage, so they don't need this? At least with T-Mobile I got mine for free.
  • Yep, that is lot more than I thought it would be o_o No network is perfect though, every network has dead zones.
  • I know, just messing around. I just loved all the haters of T-Mobile throwing crap because of an inferior network. Yet the other networks seem to follow suit with Wi-Fi calling, network extenders, etc.
  • Haha, you do have a great point.
  • Exactly. When att did this year's ago folks ripped them. Then I was t-mobile and sprint. So this uses the bandwidth my employer or myself are already paying for to make calls and use data? Can I make calls and use data at the same time? But $249 !!! lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Verizon has had a 3G network extender for a while now, well before T-Mobile started advertising their own network extenders.
  • Yes, except T-Mobile provides it for free. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If only the network extender could go everywhere with you on T-Mobile ... Posted via the Android Central App
  • My thoughts too. I value VZW not because I get "killer" throughput in the suburbs or the office. I value it because I get a strong data connection whenever I go to BFE areas for work or personal travel.
  • Yeah, but there shouldn't be a 3g "deadzone" in my house (granted, only intermittently), when I live in the suburbs of Cleveland. The suburbs of any major city should have near perfect coverage, considering how much of a premium we're paying for Verizon's "best" network.
  • Give it to your customers for free or charge them a small deposit and the deposit is given back when the device is given back. Posted via the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
  • These devices will go the way of the dinosaur once Wifi calling becomes more available across all devices. Nice to know there is an option for now though.
  • Wow, $250? A bit high to me - especially since they also bill you for data usage even though it's wired through your router. Their "How to set up" page even suggests using wifi for data while connected to this, only using the extender for voice and SMS. Granted, this makes for a smooth transition to other LTE towers so your voice call doesn't disconnect when leaving the area supported by the extender ... but for what it does, the price is out of sync, especially since the device will be out-dated once wifi-calling expands.
  • $250.... how Verizon of them.
  • Maybe it's just me, but if they really are trying to be the largest network, you would think that they would be offering incentives to get as many people and businesses (restaurants, shopping malls) on this as possible.
    For instance, give you 2 gigs extra each month you allow them to put a mini tower in your home that uses your wifi instead of the congesting their already congested network. Wouldn't it only help them? Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's exactly what I was thinking. They should want as many of these out there as possible. Am I missing something? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Perhaps, but they'd want to be selective about who gets them. One or two don't cost much, but once you get up in the hundreds of thousands, you're talking about real money, even for Verizon. They'd want to know that one is really needed before giving it away for free. Also, one of these would be of limited use in a public space, since it can only handle seven calls at a time. And, as an aside, the price may be negotiable. My sister-in-law was able to get AT&T to give her three Microcells for free a few years ago. So anything is possible, if you spend enough with a carrier. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes agreed, the experience isn't that great that you would want them everywhere. Businesses and Subway Stations need special DAS units.
    WiFi Calling is a better option since most places have WiFi nowadays. The part I don't like about running the calls through my home internet is that I become backhaul for the carrier. I had one of these with Sprint and it took hours of tweaking my Firewall to get it tuned right. But then again Sprint's WiFi calling was awful too. I would get one of these if I wanted reliable coverage for all my Verizon Devices in a poor coverage area. Maybe hold off if you have an iPhone that supports WiFi calling.
  • Agreed. Plus, with wi-fi calling, you can control who can use it, since you must give them access to your router first. These devices tend to let any phone in range use them. Also, with wi-fi calling, most new phones on Verizon have it, so, as long as you have a new device, you're probably OK. To me, this device would only really be useful in a small office environment, where you want your clients to have coverage, but you may not want them to have access to your wi-fi network.
  • Actually no. I have the 3G Network Extender, and you have a choice in that. You can either let anyone within range use it, or you can whitelist who uses it. However, that means you have to go in and add their number to give them access. On the reverse side, with WiFi calling, you have to give them access to your wifi password. Personally, I'd rather give them access to a NE rather than my WiFi password. With the WiFi password, they have access to much more than they would with a NE. Say any device on your WiFi network is now available to them. With a NE, all they're able to do is make calls. Either way they're using your home internet connection, but with only access to your NE, they're blocked from access to anything else.
  • Setup a guest network on your router. I have my guest network password posted above my front door for anyone that I invite to my house. The main network is reserved for my devices. So far its been very secure. I've even got them running on different frequencies. As for the other comments above on the pricing on the extender, the 1X, 3G and now this 4G extender have all been priced at $250. I'm not sure where the sticker shock is coming from. There have been discounts based on account history and depending on coverage. This extender is really just going to be for those that want to keep their non-wifi calling devices instead of upgrading. Since they might not sell that many I see the price staying at $250. I personally think that charging a small deposit and then collecting at the end of service or when a customer moves and no longer needs it would be the right way to go. If they don't return it then they are billed the cost of the device less the deposit.
  • That would be an option, the only problem is wifi calling will never be available for unlocked devices like my Nexus 6p because they don't sell them through Verizon, and that's the hangup for work calling. WiFi calling on Verizon is tied to their Advance Calling version 2. If your phone doesn't have that, you don't get wifi calling, and the only phones that get that are sold through Verizon. I just called to say about the unlocked Galaxy S7 and Verizon informed that since they won't be selling that phone through their stores, it won't get access to wifi calling. All Verizon has done allow unlocked devices to run on their network, any special features are tied to their carrier locked phones. I wholeheartedly agree that a deposit system would be a beter way to go, but this is Verizon we're talking about here, if they can squeeze a penny from a stone they'll do it. I'll most likely end up with one because with our 3G network extender, most times it takes 5-10 minutes to send a single picture over text, wheras the last time I used LTE to send a picture text, it took a few seconds to send pictures at once.
  • Is this new? Maybe updated? Vzw has had this around for years now... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Correct. They've had a 3G version of this for several years. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And they had a 1x version for years before that.
  • They have to pay for those big stores. (With alot of wasted space) and big stores in the mall, also with too much space.... Posted via Android Central App
  • So, I have to pay for a device to give me coverage that is supposed to already be part of why I went with Verizon my in the first place??? Coverage sucks so pay us more money and we'll fix it. When I had Sprint, this device was free!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've said the SAME exact thing to Verizon and their response was "Our service isn't guaranteed everywhere". Unfortunately, I have virtually no VZW service at my house and WiFi calling isn't an option for me. I called Verizon too about this unit and those greedy SOBs won't even discount it for me! They claim they "cant". On a side note, VZW made 4 BILLION in profit last year... So I must be the problem LOL. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've had the very same conversation with them. The best they could do for me is let me out of my contract without the termination fees, which is essentially like them saying "Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!" They've gotten so big where they don't seem to care about keeping customers anymore. But in my case it's them or nothing where I live. And before anyone says it, no, I cannot move. I live on a 1200 acre farm that's been in my family since 1912. So...just no.
  • Does it hand off to cellular?
  • Supposedly.
  • Sorry shouldn't have to pay for this ****. I'm already paying Verizon for quality service which I don't get in my house. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I broke down and bought one this weekend. The verizon wireless people are trash though. i walk in and say i want the 4g lte extender, okay, after the 5th time telling them which one, they still gave me the 3g. Not to mention the 3g, is still the same price as the 4g lte so thats silly. But, I will say, i have full lte in the house and can actually use my phone. Which is sad, because I basically had to pay $250 just to be able to get text messages to download. The only reason I wish I had an iphone was for imessage. But, hell no to that
  • 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...