Gadget boosts mobile phone signals

Gadget boosts mobile phone signals

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

TOPICS: SMBs, Mobility
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.)

Topics: SMBs, Mobility

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  • Sorry, way too much!

    I don't see why I have to underwrite the carriers when I am paying them outrageous fees for spotty service.
    • Huh?

      Do you guys even do any fact checking before writing an Article?

      While this device does a decent job for some, there are many alternatives that people like better and the version quoted here can easily be found for around $200, with the extreme version being only slightly more.
  • In some places, these are pretty much necessary for cell use.

    Especially in the greater DC/Baltimore area.
    Richard Estes
  • Pricing clarification from Wi-Ex, the makers of zBoost

    I am a representative for Wi-Ex, the makers of the zBoost line of cell phone signal boosters, and would like to make a clarification to this article and a response to the comment by cmwade1977. This zBoost bundle is actually two units combined together, the zBoost SOHO YX545 and the zBoost 4G DataBlast Upgrade YX 550, as one solution to improve 2G and 3G voice signal and 4G data signal coverage. These units combined together have an MSRP of $649 but you are right in saying that the SOHO can be purchased at most etailers for around $200 and the zBoost 4G DataBlast Upgrade can also be purchased at etailers for about $200.
  • Passive signal boost ?

    With a reasonable amount of RF knowledge it should be possible to design a purely passive aerial that gives some signal gain into the house or deadspot.
    I have found in our house that I get a better mobile signal underneath a modernistic chandelier-type light fitting upstairs ! Perhaps just a coincidence ...