Review: Wilson Electronics Sleek 4G Cell Phone Signal Booster
I do a lot of traveling around the country in an RV. In addition to this blog, I am a travel writer, freelance journalist, and I have to constantly be connected to the Internet.
Many of the places I go have marginal cellular coverage. That’s where the Wilson Sleek 4G Cell Phone Booster comes in so handy.
Now there has to be some sort of cell service for this to work. But I’ve often gone from zero bars showing on my mobile phone to three or four bars.
Below is a demo video I shot while in the remote Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I had zero bars showing on my iPhone.
I was just too far from the nearest cell tower.
When I put my iPhone in the cradle, which contains the power booster, I had coverage – three bars, in fact. Not bad.
I use the booster not just for my mobile phones but also for my Mi-Fi data cards. It boosts your voice and data signal on any carrier. There are many times when I’ve been in the middle of the woods, miles from the nearest town, and been able to access the Net. It also increases 4G LTE data rates in weak signal areas by amplifying your cell phone’s power up to 20 times more than the phone alone.
The package comes with a cradle and a small stubby little magnetic mount antenna that you can slap on the roof of your vehicle, running the antenna coax line into though a window or around the door frame. The antenna plugs into the cradle, as does a cigarette plug power cable.
I dumped the stubby antenna and instead bought a this larger, more rugged external antenna. It costs $21 and does a much better job of pulling in those weak signals.
The Sleek is compatible with all U.S. cellular providers for voice and data services, excluding WiMAX and iDEN/Nextel. The kit supports CDMA, TDMA, GSM, and AMPS cell phone technologies, as well as data protocols such as LTE, HSPA+, EDGE, GPRS, 1xRTT, HSDPA.
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