If you want a boost for your cellular or PCS phone, wait no more. Wilson Electronics’ SignalBoost Mobile Professional amplifier kit is now generally available.
The kit includes everything you need to improve cell phone and data card performance on the road or indoors, according to the company. While rivals also offer similar products, the technology that’s incorporated into the Mobile Pro is what sets Wilson apart from the competition, according to Sandy Warren, manager of creative services.
Wilson manufactures several different types of amplifiers and antennas, so users can customize the product to his or her needs and the environment, he said. Its most popular products are wireless, so they don’t require a physical connection to a cellular phone or data card.
The latest amplifier kits are useful for the average motorist who goes through a dead zone on the daily commute or lives in an area where cell coverage isn’t that great. The plug-and-play kit can be powered directly from a computer USB port, a vehicle cigarette lighter or standard AC outlet. The product includes an outside magnet-mount antenna that Warren said is pretty much guaranteed not to fall off a moving vehicle, even at 80 or 90 mph.
But what if a lot of people in a given area start using Wilson’s technology? Amplifiers can cause interference with each other or with cell sites if power is not managed properly. Wilson’s technology is designed so that the products do not cause interference with each other, Warren said. Wilson uses a microprocessor, or what it calls “smart technology,” which regulates the output power of the amplifier. In a mobile environment, if a vehicle with the product gets closer to a cell site, it will sense the proximity and power down. It’s like being in a crowded room, he said. At first, you might be standing far away from the person you want to talk with and you have to shout, but as you move closer, you can lower your voice. “That’s how our managed power amplifiers behave,” he said.
The Pro is being shipped to about 1,500 Radio Shack franchise stores. Consumers also can find a local dealer via Wilson’s Website. The SignalBoost Mobile Professional will be available in four kit configurations. The suggested retail price range for the kits is $259.95 to $279.95 at authorized dealers.