New iPhone case says it can boost reception

New iPhone case says it can boost reception

Summary: Griffin Technology on Friday announced its ClearBoost case for the iPhone. The company says that the case's built-in booster antenna improves reception, avoids dropped calls and helps isolate the iPhone from interference.

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New iPhone case says it can boost receptionGriffin Technology on Friday announced its ClearBoost case for the iPhone. The company says that the case's built-in booster antenna improves reception, avoids dropped calls and helps isolate the iPhone from interference.

The $29.95 case is made of polycarbonate and covers the back and sides of the iPhone.

But Griffin says users may not see additional bars in the signal display.

ClearBoost works by adding a booster antenna to your iPhone. But adding more antenna does not necessarily show up as more bars in your signal display. It's important to remember that the bar graph on your iPhone shows an average of many factors affecting signal strength. With ClearBoost, you can expect to see improvements that won't necessarily be reflected in the number of bars on your iPhone.

These improvements will, instead, translate into an increased ability to maintain connection with the cellular network, with more stations available to your phone, and less interference from signal reflections. This means fewer dropped calls, greater coverage areas, and faster Web browsing and file transfers.

Many sites are dissing ClearBoost, saying that the case is ugly and ruins the style of the iPhone. And it covers up the engraving that you may have paid for.

This criticism is nonsense. Any technology that makes the iPhone a better phone is a good thing.

Topics: iPhone, Mobility, Telcos

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  • Bad antenna??

    One must wonder if the regular antenna is very bad and if they have had a lot of complaints about it since there is a use for this booster?

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    LoveShield
  • RE: New iPhone case says it can boost reception

    The reception is compromised when you are inside a bottom floor of a building with many wireless networks. Most of the time, the reception is good.
    footeking
  • RE: New iPhone case says it can boost reception

    Most wireless device companies are in quandary about antenna gain and case design. A prefect antenna should be 1:1 or better to wavelength to the signal that is being received. There are factions of this like 1:0.5 (half-wave) or 1:0.25 (quarter-wave) designs but you loose gain in the signal from 1:1 antenna. Also directional or omnidirectional of the antenna and interference with internal components will also affect antenna design and signal gain. However if you want a "pretty" and small case the wireless device company may need compromise antenna gain for this so most of the time we loose signal gain for a "pretty" and small case. What most these external antenna tries to do is get the 1:1 (or near so) antenna and re
    -radiate enhanced signal to your antenna on your device and how effectively this works is a good question since I haven't seen an good independent studies on these external antennas.
    phatkat
  • RE: New iPhone case says it can boost reception

    My iPhone has never dropped a call and the only times I've lost
    the signal has been when I'm up I'm certain parts of the Sierras.
    MalumRegnat\