Friday, January 09, 2009

Wilson Introduces the iBooster for iPhone and Blackberry

Anyone that uses a cell phone or data card has surely felt the frustration of signal weakness at least occasionally. Mobile users in particular can have trouble, as you drive through dead spots on the highway during a road trip or wind up in an RV campsite that's surrounded by too many hills.

So what can you do to remedy the situation? Generally speaking, there are 2 options to improve your signal: an antenna or amplifier connected directly to the device (a direct connection will always provide the biggest boost), or a wireless repeater. If your phone didn't have an antenna port (most cell phones don't!), your only option was to invest in a wireless repeater system. While these setups can be very effective, they can also be pricey and the best ones require installation.

Enter the iBooster! Wilson, who manufactures many of the awesome antennas and amplifiers sold and supported by 3Gstore, has announced a new line of mobile products that will boost the signal to your iPhone or Blackberry (neither of which has an antenna port) without a lot of bulky equipment to install. The iBooster, which will come in models made specifically for the iPhone and Blackberry, is an all-in-one signal amplifier that comes with a magnetic mount antenna. The amplifier itself acts as a cradle for your phone - simply place your device in the phone-specific cradle, pop the antenna on the roof, and enjoy the boosted signal from Wilson's bi-directional Smart Technology® amplifier! The amp boosts both voice and data signals, so you'll benefit whether you're trying to avoid dropped calls or if you use your Blackberry in tether-mode.

The Wilson Electronics iBooster amplifier kit comes with everything you need:
  • All-in-one amplifier, charger and cradle combo
  • Outside vehicular magnet-mount antenna
  • Cigarette lighter power adapter
  • Installation guide
  • 30-day, money-back guarantee and limited one-year product warranty
You will have to use a hands-free device to use your phone while the it's in the cradle, of course (if you live in California or other areas with similar laws, hands-free headsets are required by law anyway!), but other than that this kit is about as compact and mobile as amplifiers get.

Wilson will be releasing the new iBoosters in Spring of 2009 at a suggested retail price of about $250.