Review: SureCall N-Range

A couple of months ago I reviewed the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 in car cell phone booster. In that review I said this:

Regardless of where you purchase it the SureCall Fusion2Go is easy to install, works well, and deserves a place in your vehicle if you tend to drive into areas that have spotty cell phone coverage.

Well I’m back to review SureCall’s latest cell phone booster which is dubbed the N-Range:

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Now the N-Range has a slightly different use case. This product is for someone who needs a cell phone booster for multiple vehicles. For example, a rental car. It’s also aimed  at someone who only needs to boost the signal of a single cell phone. So if you want two or more people to stay connected at all times, the Fusion2Go 3.0 would be a better option. The N-Range is made up of three parts:

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An antenna that is magnetic and sits on the roof.

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A phone mount that doubles as an in car antenna to rebroadcast the cell signal. It is designed to be mounted on the HVAC vents and comes with the hardware to do so. There’s also a magnetic puck that you attach to your phone to allow it to stick to the phone mount.

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A 12 volt plug that powers the entire setup.

Like the FusionToGo 3.0, the setup of the N-Range is absurdly simple and you’ll be up and running in way under 10 minutes. But the real question is does it work? To find out, I drove out to a section of Caledon Ontario that has sketchy cell phone coverage and threw my iPhone XS into field test mode which would allow me to accurately measure signal strength. Now this feature is usually hidden, but if you’re interested in how to enable this on iOS, here’s an article that speaks to that. But I before I get ahead of myself, here’s a screenshot of what a good signal in my area of Toronto looks like:

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The above screenshot was taken the last time I reviewed a SureCall device and it was taken near my home in Toronto. The number you’re interested in is the RSRP0 number which is – 78 dB. RSRP stands for Reference Signal Received Power which is a way of measuring cell phone signal quality. This is a decent number based on the fact that signal quality can range from -40 dB to -130 dB, with -40 being the best possible signal and -130 being the worst. In general, any result that is into the triple digits is going to cause issues with voice calls being garbled or dropped, or you will find it difficult to send or receive email or post status updates to Facebook.

Now this is what I got I Caledon before I switched on the N-Range:

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You can see here that it was -109 db which is bad. Not bad enough for me to not be able to make a call. But refreshing Twitter was often problematic. Ditto for Instagram. After I switched on the N-Range and placed the phone on the mount I got this:

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As you can see, the RSRP0 was -97 db. That was enough of a reduction that made things much better when I tried to refresh Instagram or Twitter. The one thing that I will note is that for best results you need to have the phone on the phone mount. As far as I am concerned, while it isn’t as powerful as the the Fusion2Go 3.0, it is still a very useful piece of kit that clearly works as advertised.

N-Range is available now at Amazon, TheSource, and SignalBoost Central. It goes for $199 USD or $249 CAD. If you fit the use case of N-Range, I would say that it deserves a place in your car without a doubt.

One Response to “Review: SureCall N-Range”

  1. Chuck Leiter Says:

    Can you compare this booster to the weBoost Drive Sleek Booster?

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