Wilson’s Cellphone Signal Booster Goes 4G


on December 29, 2010   |   1 comment

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Wilson Electronics is a pioneer in the development of cell phone boosters—a line of gadgets that cater to customers suffering from low cell phone signals in their home or office. A cell phone signal booster improves cell phone signal quality by capturing weak signals and directing it to an internal amplifier, which rebroadcasts more robust signals throughout a building or even on-the-go in your car.

Their newest offering, the Wilson 4G AWS 60dB Cell Booster, is made specifically for the AWS band (most widely used by T-Mobile for its HSPA+ network). This will be the first in a line of boosters for 4G networks. The device offers up to a 60 dB gain, ensuring improved signal strength.

The struggle for better cell phone reception is not only limited to those in rural regions nowadays. The rise in popularity of smart phones that monopolize bandwidths has made dropped calls and poor voice quality a reality even in otherwise signal-friendly buildings. Cell phone boosters easily solve this problem by using an external antenna, usually attached to the roof of a building, which directs the weak signal to an amplifier located indoors. The amplifier then transmits amplified more robust signal throughout a designated space.

There is, however, some controversy behind cell phone signal boosters. Mobile carriers such as AT&T and Verizon have complained that boosters interfere with their own networks by knocking out entire towers or introducing noise caused by oscillation. Although these companies are trying to get the government to ban boosters altogether, Wilson is fighting back with patented anti-oscillation technology that impedes any interference with existing networks.

While the political battle ensues, Wilson is currently preparing 4G cell boosters that go beyond their AWS signal booster. These new cell repeaters, slated for release next year, will be compatible with AT&T and Verizon’s LTE network as well as Sprint’s WiMax network.

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