Is anything ore frustrating than being out of cellphone range? No mater what service and what phone, it happens to all of us….our “PC Mike Wendland” tech correspondent included. So this summer, I invested in a gizmo called a cell signal booster.
I do a lot of wilderness camping and often find myself in marginal cell phone range.
There are lots of different cell signal boosters available but I picked up the Wilson Sleek 4G, available online starting at around $75. It comes with a cell phone holder, cigarette plug power connector and a small magnetic antenna to attach to the roof of your vehicle. I hooked up mine on my campervan, attaching the holder to the dash by an adhesive on the back.
But does it work? On my first trip to the wilderness I put it to the test.
I had no connection at all. Nada. Not even a single bar.
I was too far from the nearest cell tower.
So, the moment of truth: In the cradle, which contains the power booster, I now had coverage…. Three bars. Not bad.
From zero to three bars.