Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • Happy Halloween!

    October 31, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex wishes you and your family a happy and safe Halloween!

  • Trick-or-Treat! Halloween Safety Tips from Wi-Ex

    October 29, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Here are some suggestions from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to keep you and your family safe and happy this Halloween.

    1.     Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

    2.     Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. Although this label does not mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source. To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.

    3.     Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.

    • Trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights.
    •  Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape.
    • To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.
    • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
    • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
    • Hats and scarfs should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes.
    • Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
    • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.

    4.     Pedestrian Safety:

    • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child.
    • All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street.
    • Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.

    5.     Choosing Safe Houses: Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.

    • Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.
    • People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches.
    • Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
    •  Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.

     

    Also, if you're being careful about your candy intake this year, check out Hungry Girl's suggestions for which candies to nibble on this year!

    She lists all the nutritional information, and even the Weight Watcher's points for the different candy options this year so you can keep yourself and your family healthy while treating yourselfs  to some Halloween candy!

  • The Cell Phone Junkie Reviews the YX540 Metro!

    October 26, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    The Cell Phone Junkie reviewed another zBoost product-- the YX540 Metro!

  • Holiday Tech Gifts with Christopher Knight

    October 25, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex is being featured on the Hot Holiday Tech Gifts with Brady Bunch Star and Gadget Guru Christopher Knight!

    Today, the exclusive holiday celebrity tech interview will be running on national radio as well as over 30 TV stations on markets across the country.

    Look for the Holiday Tech Gifts clip on your local TV affilliate!

  • Real Stories: How Cell Phones Have Saved Lives

    October 20, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Cell phone advertisements focus on signal strength and speed, cool apps and features, like cameras and music players but cell phones aren’t just a good distraction while waiting in a doctor’s office or in the DMV, cellphones have also helped saved lives!

    Below are real accounts of when cell phones have helped save people’s lives :

    -          Harlem, N.Y. - October 8, 2010- A New York man was saved by his cell phone after his enraged building superintendent opened fire on him and the bullet lodged in the phone that was tucked into his pocket. Police raced to the New York City apartment and discovered the tenant with nothing more than a few minor injuries, all because the phone absorbed the impact of the gunshot. [1] (For full story, refer to source at the end of article)

    -          Rwanda- July 28, 2010- Rwanda is ranked among the world's worst for maternal mortality. In an effort to help save both the mother and child’s lives, the Rwandan government, along with UN, has passed out hundreds of cell phones to expectant mothers. After unexpectedly  going in to labor, 23 year-old, Valentine Unwingabite and her village health worker, Germaine Uwera reacted by texting for help from the government given cell phone. An ambulance reached Unwingabite’s village within 10 minutes after receiving the urgent text. Because of unpaved  roads, few people having cars and more than 95 percent of Rwandans not being able to access electricity, it is difficult for ambulances to get to heavily populated, Rwandan rural areas. Before the cell phones, it took at least an hour to get help. Health workers had to carry patients in a makeshift stretcher for nearly an hour to reach the nearest health facility.[2]

    -          Port-au-Prince, Haiti- January 25, 2010- After the earthquake that devastated Haiti, landline phones were down and electricity was sparse. Despite the wreckage, cell towers were quickly erected giving trapped and injured Haitians a lifeline. For instance, one man, who was trapped for five days in a collapsed building in downtown Port-au-Prince, was able to send a text message to the Emergency Information Services.  Working through the night, a search-and-rescue team was dispatched and was able to find and rescue the man through the cell phone’s GPS coordinates.[3]

    -          St. Louis, Missouri- August 3, 2010- A woman was returning home from work when she was approached by two men in her apartment’s parking lot. One of the men then forced her into the back of her car and drove away. After fighting with one of her assailants, the woman was put into the trunk of her car. The car was stopped a final time and the woman was removed from the trunk. She was stabbed and choked but managed to call 911 from her cell phone. Not knowing where she was, the 911 dispatcher was able to locate her through her phone’s GPS. She was found and saved while her assailants were apprehended.[4]

    -          ORLANDO- June, 2006- Belle the beagle saved her owner’s, Kevin Weaver, life when the diabetic collapsed and began having seizures. Belle, a trained service dog, took Weaver’s phone and bit 9-1-1 to call emergency services. Belle was the first canine recipient to win the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone who used a cell phone to save a life, prevent a crime or help in an emergency.[5]

    According to CTIA’s Wireless Foundation, more than 291,000 cell phone calls are made to 911 daily.

  • zBoost-ONE Review by The Cell Phone Junkie

    October 18, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Mickey Papillion, The Cell Phone Junkie, reviewed the YX400-PCS this week.

    Designed with consumers in mind, the zBoost-One signal booster extends service in the home or office for up to 4 devices on either the Sprint or MetroPCS network.  The zBoost-One provides up to 1200 square feet of additional coverage through the all in one unit.  This is the first of its kind from Wi-Ex, actually syncing with your device to reduce dropped calls and increase call quality.  Available from Wi-Ex for $250.

    Installation

    Unlike most signal boosters, the zBoost-One requires very little configuration  The first time you turn the unit on, it needs to be synced with the network of your carrier of choice.  Next, put the unit on a window sill or in an area of the strongest signal.  Then connect power to the unit via the provided AC power supply.  The “SyncLink” button will flash red.  Place a call from your phone, and once the call connects, press the SyncLink button, which will then blink green and the Handset Indicator will turn on.

    Finally, use the Signal Strength Indicator to find a location that has 3 or more lit bars to provide the optimal performance for the base unit.

    Here is a brief overview of the zBoost-One, along with the installation and some real world testing.

    Use and Results
    Sprint service in my house has been an issue since I moved in 3 years ago.  The zBoost has given me the confidence to use my Sprint Blackberry almost anywhere in the house, and not fear the dropped calls that I was used to.  The signal strength in the surrounding rooms to the installation point has been boosted up to 10-15 dBm, allowing the phone to show an increase in 2-3 signal bars consistently.

    Overall
    For $250, the zBoost-One Cell Phone Signal Booster from Wi-Ex is a great home or office solution for those with poor service and dropped calls. Having used other signal enhancing products, the One works as advertised, and allows phones to be used in areas that have poor service more reliably.

  • Fantasy Football

    October 15, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    It's that time of year again, the time when the men in your life will spend countless hours sitting in front of the TV on Saturday and Sunday screaming.  That's right it's football season ladies!  If the man in your life is anything like mine then you know from September to February on the weekends he is already fully committed to the teams in his life.  Not only is he glued to the TV during these wonderful fall weekends, but I have a new bone to pick and it is will fantasy football.  If it wasn't bad enough with them glued to the TV now they are also glued to their computers checking on how the fantasy team is doing!!  It is quite amazing how large fantasy football has become!  Not only do I hear boyfriend and his friends talking about it but I have heard the newscasters for ESPN talk about their fantasy teams, but more shocking is when the local news sports anchor talks about his team! 

    Well this past weekend I thought I would try and run interference.  I unplugged the cable to the router.  That's right I stooped that low, but hey I figured if I could at least eliminate the fantasy football checking then I would get some sort of interaction with him during commercials. =)  Then it happened when he couldn't get the computer to work he pulled out his cell phone.  I thought to myself there is no way he can do this on his phone, but low and behold I found out that you can now check fantasy football scores on your cell phone browser!  I decided to question my boyfriend as to when he learned that he could access his fantasy team through his phone.  He went on to explain to me how yes he can do it through his phone but only because we had zBoost by Wi-Ex.  Since the zBoost allows us to have best possible signal in our home his phone is able to download and upload data for his fantasy team.  Without the zBoost he said it would have taken too long to download his fantasy team's page.  The zBoost saved his Sunday as he was able to make changes to his fantasy team after hearing a report about one of his players for Monday night's game had been injured.  He never has to worry about his cell phone signal being so low he cannot access his fantasy team as long as we have the zBoost.

  • zBoost International product line at CTIA Enterprise and Applications

    October 12, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Kate McNamara  is interviewed by Tom Meyers about the zBoost International product line at CTIA E&A in San Francisco, CA.

  • CTIA Enterprise & Application

    October 8, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    The Wi-Ex team has been busy showcasing our full line of products to the attendees and media at CTIA Enterprise & Application. Here are some photos highlighting the show to date including our booth #245 and Pepcom’s MobileFocus, the premiere media event at CTIA.

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  • Wi-Ex Announces the zBoost Corporate Program

    October 6, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex announced today the zBoost Corporate Program.  Showcased at the 2010 CTIA Enterprise & Applications in booth #245 and Pepcom’s MobileFocus, the zBoost Corporate  Program provides IT and telecom departments with the essential enterprise smartphone support to maximize their mobile devices.  Designed to create Cell Zones™ in signal-challenged homes and offices, the zBoost line of products allows users to take full advantage of voice, data and Internet services on their connected devices including 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more.

    “With industry reports estimating the number of employees using smartphones to double between 2009 and 2014, the enterprise market must provide their employees with solutions that help them maximize their devices,” said Sharon Cuppett, vice president of marketing and product management for Wi-Ex.  “Our zBoost Corporate Program is designed to help IT teams prevent an IT nightmare where employees are unreachable via their smartphone due to poor in-door cell phone signal.  We see our product as the essential enterprise smartphone support for today’s mobile workforce.”  

    As the lines between personal and professional use of mobile devices continue to grow, a poor in-door cell phone signal becomes not just a personal frustration but a professional and enterprise problem.  According to the annual zBoost "State of the Cell Signal" Survey, commissioned by Wi-Ex and conducted by Harris Interactive®, nearly 70 percent (66 percent) of cell phone owners consider their cell phone their essential voice and/or data communication tool. The survey, fielded December 8–10, 2009 via Harris’ online omnibus survey, also found that 67 percent of cell owners experience problems with their cell phone signal at home including poor quality and 49 percent claim to have done something special to improve signal strength in order to make or receive a call in their home.

    In addition and important to the many smartphone, iPhone and Blackberry users, the zBoost State of the Signal survey revealed that 67 percent of cell phone owners use data functions on their cell phones and, of those, nearly 60 percent (57 percent) experience problems with their cell phone service while using data.

    The zBoost Corporate Program will include main unit volume discount, extended guarantees and special accessory pricing.

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