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  • Community Gets Cell Phone Service with Help from zBoost

    January 23, 2015 - Leave a Comment

    Grey River is a small remote fishing community located on the south coast of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.   It was highlighted on a radio report by Danielle Barron, VOCM am radio on December 31, 2014.  

    GRey River & zBoost antennaIMG_1549"The residents of the small community of Grey River got a big Christmas present this year, one that connects them to surrounding communities.  The isolated town of 110 is only assessable by boat but it just got a lot closer to the rest of the world with cell phone service and wireless internet.  Dave MacDonald of  Burgeo Broadcasting System set the town up with solar panels providing the power."

    The audio can also be heard here:

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    zBoost supplied an Industrial Grade IC Approved Cell Phone Signal Booster that included a YX055 antenna, which provides increased coverage by boosting 800 MHz/CEL signal strength when pointed in the direction of best signal.  Grey River is about 0.75KM down the hill from the repeater site.

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  • 4 Helpful Apps for Homeowners

    January 20, 2015 - Leave a Comment

    By: Tim Smith

    The iTunes App Store and Google Play Store offer countless apps for everything from social media to multimedia, time management to financial management, games to helpful utilities, and everything in between. Out of the hundreds and thousands of apps available to smartphone and tablet users, many apps offer unique, useful features and are available either for free or up to a few dollars.

    4 HelpfulAppsforHomeowners

    You'll also find a range of helpful apps for homeowners, such as apps for creating a comprehensive maintenance plan, budgeting apps that remind you when bills are due, and even apps essential to anyone embarking on a remodeling or redecorating project. Here are 4 such apps that give homeowners helpful, convenient features for managing their home and budget.

    BillMinder

    Just $1.99 from the iTunes App Store and $2.99 from the Google Play Store, BillMinder is more than your standard financial planner. The app allows users to input all their monthly expenses -- mortgage, insurance, credit card bills, cell phone bills, loan or car payments, medical bills -- into a convenient calendar. BillMinder can then show users a list of upcoming bills, can alert you to approaching due dates, and can even generate expense reports to show you where your money is going and ways you can reduce your expenses. For the price of just a couple dollars, BillMinder will keep you from paying those pesky late fees and will be your go-to app for financial planning and budgeting. Continue reading

  • Report Shows that Poor Indoor Cellphone Reception Keeps Landlines Alive

    January 12, 2015 - Leave a Comment

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    William Neilson of Android Authority authored an article using the Harris Poll, commissioned by zBoost.  A recent Harris Poll finds that one-in-five people are still dealing with significant cellphone reception issues in their homes and therefore keep a landline.

    This follows a previous poll which showed that one-in-three are forced to take steps to “boost” their indoor cellphone reception at their primary residence.  Some of those steps included:

    • heading outside
    • standing still like a statue
    • running for the closest window

     

    Please see the entire article here.

  • Why People Still Spend Money on Landlines - zBoost Smartphone Survey Finds 18 Percent of Consumers Who Have a Landline Keep It Due to Poor Indoor Reception

    January 6, 2015 - Leave a Comment

    Eighteen percent of consumers who have a landline keep it due to poor indoor cell phone reception including poor indoor reception, choppy voice, and missed calls, according to the zBoost Smartphone Survey, commissioned by zBoost, a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits and conducted online in December 2014 by Harris Poll. The zBoost line of cell phone signal boosters, showcased at Pepcom at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), increases indoor cell phone signal allowing consumers to drop landlines and enjoy the features of their smartphone in the comfort of their home.

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  • zBoost Partners with InstallerNet to Provide Customers Direct Access to a Nationwide Installation Program for Cell Phone Signal Boosters

    January 5, 2015 - Leave a Comment

    zBoost, a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal boosters announced a partnership with Boston-based InstallerNet. Through the partnership, zBoost customers will have access to one of the largest networks of independently owned mobile and home electronics installers in the United States. InstallerNet will provide nationwide installation services for zBoost’s line of cell phone signal boosters.

    ZB545-image-lo“With 18 percent of consumers keeping their landlines because of poor cell phone signal, based on a recent nationwide survey conducted by Harris Poll, the addition of a zBoost cell phone signal booster is an answer for those who want to break free from the cost of paying for a landline that they no longer want or need,” said Frank Smith director of sales with zBoost. “The relationship with InstallerNet provides zBoost customers with access to a network of professional installers to help them resolve their poor indoor cell phone signal challenges and keep them connected via their mobile phones.”

     

     

    zBoost customers will have the option to schedule their appointment online, or call InstallerNet directly.

    InstallerNet will then select a fully trained local installer from its network and tailor the experience to the customer’s specific needs.

    The zBoost line of home cell phone signal boosters improves indoor cell phone signal by capturing the outside signal, bringing it indoors through a co-axial cable, enhancing and boosting it to provide a reliable indoor signal.

    Features and benefits of a zBoost signal booster include:

    • Reduces missed calls for multiple users simultaneously
    • Boosts performance on iPhone™, Samsung™, Android™ and other phones and mobile devices
    • Automatically operates at maximum gain – no manual adjustments needed
    • Extends phone battery life - phone uses less power when the indoor signal is stronger
    • Ideal for a variety of home sizes that have reliable outside signal
    • Designed in Silicon Valley – Made in North America

    “InstallerNet is extremely excited to partner with zBoost,” said Bill Erdman, COO of InstallerNet. “We look forward to working with zBoost customers to help keep them connected at home.”

    For more information on zBoost and InstallerNet visit www.zBoost.com.

  • Happy Holidays From The zBoost Team

    December 22, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Happy Holidays from zBoost!

    Karen Reynolds, president of zBoost and all of the zBoost team celebrated the holidays at Sonesta Gwinnett Place.   The event included great food, amazing desserts, an "old school" band, dancing, games and prizes. Zach Brown was the big winner of the evening. Thanks to Terri Hill and everyone involved for arranging such a fun and creative event.

     

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  • New ATM Skimmers Put Consumers at Risk

    December 15, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Card Skimmers can be anywhere you swipe your credit or debit cards; ATM's, gas stations or even your local post office.  It is important to be observant before you swipe, but unfortunately many of these can be very difficult to detect.  Thieves are now trying  a new type of wiretapping device that can steal your account numbers without needing access to your card’s magnetic stripe.  

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    Fox Van Allen of Techlicious explains in his article Beware New 'Wiretap' ATM Skimmers, one way that they do this:

    Criminals drill a small hole into the front of an ATM machine where the “insert card” decal is located. They then feed a wire into the machine using a metal rod to tap the ATM’s existing card reader. A new decal is then pasted over the hole, making the crime incredibly difficult to detect.

    Van Allen also describes another device being used called an “insert transmit skimmer.”  Please read his entire article to learn about this threat here.

    Both of these new devices require a hidden camera for thieves to steal your PIN, so always cover your hand when entering your pin.  

  • Buckhead Business RadioX Speaks with Karen Reynolds

    December 9, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Karen Reynolds recently shared the zBoost solutions to dropped, missed and choppy voice calls with the listeners of Buckhead Business RadioX.  Rich Casanova hosted the event and Reynolds was joined by Rick Griffin of Midlife Road Trip, Leslie Kuban with FranNet, and Amy Self with Capstone Financial Group.  

    Some excepts include:

    Buckhead Business Radio 11-18-14 Karen Reynolds 2As President and CFO of zBoost, formerly Wi-Ex, Karen Reynolds has immersed herself in the technology, manufacturing and business aspects of the wireless industry and under her leadership, zBoost cell phone signal boosters has expanded into new markets, and increased sales by more than 35%.

    While the technology continues to advance including 4G for data, recent announcements of 4G for voice and the continued growth of smartphones and tablets, there are still challenges to a strong indoor cell phone signal including green building materials, heavy foliage in the warm months, hills and mountains, valleys, and adjacent tall buildings, to name a few. This can result in the potential for millions of unhappy mobile users as a result of slow data and dropped calls.

    The listen to the podcast and see the guest summaries click here.

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  • Stay Safer This Winter While Traveling

    December 3, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    NewsUSA recently described the troubles that travelers often have on the road and the need to stay connected, especially in the winter.   Some excerpts of the article, How to Boost Your Cell Phone's Signal for Safer Winter Travel include:

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    It's the bane of every cell phone user -- conversations that become garbled and calls that drop. These "dead zones," usually happen while you're on the road, and can be frustrating at best, while making you feel exposed and defenseless at worst. However, they also present a critical safety issue when driving during the winter. That's why zBoost, a Georgia-based company that develops and manufactures cell phone signal boosters, is helping people stay connected no matter where they are, while giving winter travelers a sense of safety and security.

    "As a realtor in snowy Ohio, I am on the road showing homes or visiting family, and I'm dependent on my mobile phone to stay connected," said Lisa Van Doting. "Before adding my zBoost Mobile1 cell phone signal booster, I was frequently in areas with no cell service, which left me disconnected and vulnerable in emergency situations."

    The entire article can be found here.  To learn more about zBoost Mobile1 In-Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster click here. 

  • INT2View.com Reviews zBoost Mobile1

    December 1, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Brad Pransky, Editor at INT2View.com, an Interactive Intelligence e-publication, recently reviewed the zBoost Mobile1 Cell Phone Signal Booster.  Pransky depicts the challenges he and many face when traveling or spending time outdoors when cell signal is sometimes weak.  Some excerpts from his article are below.  Please see the entire article here.

    Do you ever:

    1. Travel (drive, train etc.) and find yourself losing cell service?
    2. Hike, bike ride (motor or pedal), explore only to find yourself in a cell service black hole?
    3. Find yourself in the woods, in a tent, with a bear....and sketchy cell phone service? ...
    4. ... Up a creek, with or without a paddle, and barely one bar on your cell phone?

    Who ya' gonna' call???

    NOBODY!

     Cause you don't have a signal...unless...

    you have the zBoost ZB245 mobile 1 cell phone signal booster.

    We have all experienced those times when the signal on worlds end trailour cell phone is less than desirable. If it's at a specific location, such as your home, or a portion of it, there are devices to remedy that. We tested one a while back from zBoost and it worked beautifully. But what if you're in your car? Let's say your daily commute or a road trip you're planning leaves you with the ugly reality of negligible cell service. Let's say you're tired of finding out you've been talking to yourself for several minutes. zBoost has an economical product for that too; the zBoost Mobile 1 in vehicle cell phone signal booster (ZB245) ($89.99) Continue reading

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