We don’t need tons of data or scientific research to prove that in today’s society we over overly attached to our technology and more so, our cell phones. They have a way to seep into every aspect of our life from our work to our play to our ability to stay connected to family and friends all over the world. Being a social media junky, its the first thing I check when I wake up in the morning and the last thing that I do before going to sleep. It satisfies most of our wants and needs with a click of a button. But what if that signal you relied on so heavily disappeared? What at that crucial moment when you needed it most your signal dropped or was too weak to be of any use? What do you do?
Last winter, I realized the importance of always having a good signal. Being a rural postal worker, means that I am driving my car solo for long periods of time in the country side. Surrounded by the beauty of corn fields, hills and vast landscape, it can be miles before I come across my next house and hours before the next car drives past. On this particular day, the weather was awful. The snowy banks met sky and it was very difficult to tell where the two parted. A fox darted out in front of my car and I swerved to miss it, landing me in the ditch. With no house in sight and no cars driving past, I reached for my cell phone to call for help only to find I was out of range. Luckily, it was only a short walk to an area where the signal picked up, but it was a scary situation to be in.
For years, I have seen those sticker like things that the mall kiosks sell, but I’ve always wondered if they work. When I first heard about WeBoost 4G-S, I wondered if it would actually work. The WeBoost 4G-S comes with three main parts; the base where your phone sits (and the magic happens!), the Mini-Mag Antenna that sits on the roof of the vehicle and the power adapter that fits in to the vehicle’s 12 V DC power supply. Set up was a breeze. You mount the base on the dash with the provide bracket, attach the antenna to the roof the car, connect the antenna and power cord to the base and plug the cord into the car’s power supply. The trickiest part about the entire process is figuring out the best layout for the cords, so they don’t get in your way. With the long cord and its ability to withstand the vehicle’s door shutting on it without causing damage, its more about cosmetics then function.
How does it work?
To see the strength of your cell phone signal, many people look at the bars on your phone. Unfortunately, those bars are subjective and the number/strength ratio varies from provider to provider. A more accurate way to measure cell phone strength is measured in decibels.
Finding dB Readings on Your Phone
On the iPhone, dial *3001#12345#* then press Call. You’ll enter Field Test mode. On the upper left hand part of the screen you’ll see the dB reading and if you tap on the value, it’ll show the number of bars. By then you’ll get an idea what your carrier thinks is considered 1,2,3, 4 or full bars.
On Android phones, access Settings > General > About phone > Network or Status (depending on the model). You’ll see the signal strength.
The WeBoost 4G-S claims that you should see approximately 23dB increase in your cell range and after many trials I would agree that that is a fair number give or a take a few decibels.
Whether you are driving for work or on an off-roading adventure, stay connected as you drive with the WeBoost 4G-S Drive signal booster kit. The 4G-S Drive keeps your phone connected to cell towers when trees, hills and buildings may be in your way. It will reduce dropped calls, widen your coverage area and improve data speeds on all Canadian networks with the Drive 4G-S. Boosts voice, 3G, and 4G services. When you are stuck in a snowbank in the middle of nowhere, this is the tool you want in your car! I know I do!