Gadget boosts mobile phone signals

The latest small business bundle in the zBoost product line includes an upgrade device that adds 4G data coverage capabilities.

DataBlast setup

No matter how quickly the big wireless carriers move to upgrade their networks, there are times we could all do with a little boost.

That's the value proposition promised by Wi-Ex, creator of the zBoost mobile phones signal extender series, designed to prevent dropped calls and speed up sluggish data connections. Or, frankly, to help your cell phone work better while you're inside your home or small-business office.

The latest addition, called zBoost SOHO, is a bundle that creates a Cell Zone for multiple users and devices that operate on the 800 and 1900 megahertz (MHz) frequency bands (exceptions include the Nextel/iDEN, 4G and 2100 MHz phones).

The device boosts indoor signal coverage by up to 3,000 square feet, and it can help extend the battery life of your phone (because it won't have to work so hard when the signal is stronger).

The bundle, which typically lists for $649, also comes with an upgrade component that covers 4G services from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. (You have to pair the upgrade with the base 2G/3G booster component.)

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