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  • zBoost zForce Solves Weak Cell Phone Signal Problems for Summer Travelers

    May 23, 2013 - Leave a Comment

    zForce Keeps Travelers Connected - Reducing Dropped, Missed and Choppy Voice Calls

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    With millions of American’s expected to hit the roads this Memorial Day Weekend, Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of cell phone signal booster kits, is showcasing its zBoost zForce in-vehicle cell phone signal booster as a solution to keep summer travelers connected while on the go. The zForce is a dual band cradle unit that captures the signal outside of the car and amplifies it on the inside for a stronger and more reliable  "hands-free" signal resulting in reduced dropped, missed and choppy voice calls.

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  • Wi-Ex Launches zBoost TRIO, a Product Finalist in the 2013 CTIA E-Tech Awards

    May 21, 2013 - Leave a Comment

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    Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of cell phone signal booster kits, announced today the launch of its zBoost TRIO, a 2G, 3G and 4G cell phone signal booster kit.  Showcased May 21 -23 at CTIA 2013 in booth 2225, the zBoost TRIO extends the indoor "cell zone" by boosting voice and data signals for multiple users enhancing the performance of consumers cell phones, smartphones, wireless data card and tablets. The carrier-specific zBoost TRIO cell phone signal booster kit combines 4G LTE or 4G AWS with 2G/3G Cellular and PCS into an easy to install cell phone signal booster kit that enhances signal and reduces dropped calls and choppy voice performance while increasing data speeds by 20 times.

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  • Beware of the Dead Zone

    May 20, 2013 - Leave a Comment

    zBoost Your Signal Out of the Dead Zone and Into the Work Zone

    Wi-Ex, a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits, warns mobile consumers and professionals to “Beware of the Dead Zone.”  Showcased May 21 -23 at CTIA 2013 in booth 2225,  “Beware of the Dead Zone” highlights how a strong cell phone signal allows consumers and professionals to maximize their smartphones and tablets. With close to 70% of cellphone users experiencing dropped calls, the new line of award-winning zBoost cell phone signal booster kits helps consumers and professionals stay out of the dead zone and enjoy the work zone, where they can stay connected, entertained and organized.

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  • Wi-Ex Showcases Latest zBoost Cell Phone Signal Boosters at 2013 CCA Global Expo: zBoost Cell Phone Signal Booster Kits Put an End to Missed Calls and Slow Data

    April 18, 2013 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex, a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal boosterkits, showcased today its zBoost line of cell phone signal boosters including its higher-gain rural products, its new LTE data booster, DataBlast(TM) and its vehicle signal booster, zForce, at the Competitive Carriers Association Global Expo in booth # 234.

    “With hospitals, police departments and other public safety entities already benefitting from our zBoost products, we see CCA Global Expo as an opportunity to expand our presence in this area which relies heavily on a strong indoor cell phone signal,” said Frankie Smith, director of sales and channel strategy at Wi-Ex. “As we saw in the recent FCC ruling regarding cell phone signal boosters, public safety organizations are already relying on this technology to stay connected with voice and data. Since we have always used technology to protect the provider’s network, we see the recent ruling as a validation of our technology and products and encourages us to continue research and investment in the area of enhancing the cell phone signal.”

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  • zBoost Launches zBoost Mobile App

    October 15, 2012 - Leave a Comment

    New zBoost Apps Help Consumers and Installers Position Booster Antennas For Best Signal

    zBoost AppAtlanta - October 10, 2012 -  Wi-Ex, a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal booster kits, announced today the launch of its zBoost Mobile Apps including zBoost Signal Mapper for iPhone iOS 6 and zBoost Signal Finder for Android.   It’s available for free in the Google Play Store for Android phones and in the iTunes Store for iPhones with iOS 6.  Designed to help both professional installers and consumers, the zBoost Signal Finder for Android, allows users to locate the closest cell phone tower to their phone and utilize this information to help improve the cellular signal by installing a cell phone signal booster in the best location. Due to their handling of information, the iPhone running on iOS 6 app doesn’t show the closest tower, so zBoost Signal Mapper for iPhone iOS 6 maps the signal strength and finds the best place in the building to mount your antenna for the strongest signal. 

    The zBoost line includes cell phone signal booster kits for both professional installations of large spaces, as well as consumer friendly solutions for homes and small offices.   For installers the zBoost Signal Mapper for iPhone and zBoost Signal Finder for Android helps aim directional antennas to maximize the cell phone signal and for consumers it allows them to position their antenna in the best spot for the strongest signal.

    “With the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets, consumers and businesses rely on a strong cell phone signal to stay connected.  And for web use, the stronger the signal, the faster the data speeds,” said Sharon Cuppett, vice-president of marketing at Wi-Ex.  “We created the zBoost Mobile Apps to add value to all of our customers’ experience with our products.  The zBoost Mobile Apps provide both our installers and consumers an easy-to-use solution to help them maximize using our product and put an end to missed calls and slow data.”

    Once installed, the zBoost Signal Finder for Android phones locates which cellular tower is providing the cellular service at that time and then displays this tower on a map with the signal strength indicated.  If installing a zBoost cell phone signal booster, the user can simply run the app at the location where the zBoost is being installed. Once the locations of the towers are determined, the user clicks on the 'Direction' button to show the location of the strongest signal tower using a compass style indicator. In just a few minutes the exact location of where to install and aim the outside antenna can be determined.

    Since the zBoost Signal Mapper for the iPhone does not give the tower location, it requires that the user walk around the area or the entire structure to see where the strongest signal is displayed.  The app will show the signal strength as a colored dot on a map, and then as the user walks around there will be more dots placed on the map using a color associated with the signal strength (bright green for strongest signal, down to dark red for the weakest).  Simply walk around the outside of the building that will have the booster installed; the location(s) that shows the brightest green will be the ideal location for the outside antenna installation.  In just a few minutes the exact location of where to install and aim the outside antenna can be determined,  The map can be viewed in satellite mode showing the house or building or street mode.

    About Wi-Ex

    Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of cell phone signal boosters, developed zBoost, the first consumer-priced signal booster that “extended cell zones” for the small office/home office cell phone market. Wi-Ex has expanded their “extending cell zone coverage” beyond consumers to corporate enterprises and large commercial applications. From M2M applications to large commercial complexes to the rising number of teleworkers, the zBoost line provides a business-centric solution for improving poor in-door cell phone coverage domestically and internationally. The zBoost product line works with most carriers in the US and abroad including AT&T, Sprint, Vodaphone, Verizon and T-Mobile. The award-winning zBoost home and office solutions help today's connected consumers including iPhone, iPad, Android (DROID), BlackBerry, and smartphone users with dropped calls and slow data. They were awarded a 2007 and 2010 Consumer Electronics Association Innovations Honoree by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and a 2011 EXC!TE honoree. They also were selected as a finalist for the 2007 and 2009 CTIA Emerging Technologies (E-Tech) Award. As the leader, zBoost has more awards, more sales and more locations than all their competitors combined. Wi-Ex continues to develop innovative products to meet the demands of an increasingly wireless society by enhancing wireless signals.

     

  • zBoost Your Holidays!

    September 20, 2012 - Leave a Comment

    zBoost Your Holidays - zBoost Makes Connected Gadgets Faster With a Strong Cell Phone Signal

    New York - September 20, 2012 - Wi-Ex, a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal booster kits, is showcasing its award-winning cell phone signal booster kits including the now shipping 4G zBoost DataBlast and its zBoost Your Holidays Profiles today at the Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular. The zBoost line, including the zBoost DataBlast which speeds data 20 times faster, allows consumers to take full advantage of voice, data and Internet services on their mobile phones including  high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more - at home, in their personal workspace, in the office or on the go.  The zBoost Your Life Holiday Profiles can help connect everyone on consumers’ wish list with the zBoost fit for their lifestyle and help everyone’s devices stay “smart.” “With the wave of new tech devices including Apple, Amazon and Android, the holiday tech season is already gearing up. Many of these devices will top tech wish lists, but rely on a strong indoor cell phone signal for making calls, receiving and sending texts, checking email and online multimedia applications including gaming, downloading music, uploading pictures and streaming high-definition video,” said Sharon Cuppett with Wi-Ex.  “Our zBoost product line helps consumers maximize their devices and now with our new zBoost DataBlast we can also help the millions of consumers using 4G LTE and AWS.” According to recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 72 percent of cell owners experience dropped calls at least occasionally. In addition, the study found that more than 75 percent (77%) of cell phone Internet users experience slow download speeds that prevent data from loading as quickly as they would prefer. zBoost Holiday Necessities zBoost DataBlast - Speeds Data up to 20X The newest addition to the zBoost line, the zBoost DataBlast includes 4G models for Verizon LTE and T-Mobile AWS.  The DataBlast provides these consumers with an end to slow data allowing them to maximize their 4G devices including accessing the web or online multimedia applications such as gaming, downloading music, uploading pictures and streaming high-definition video at optimal quality and speed.  In recent speed tests, the installation of  the zBoost SOHO DataBlast resulted in data speeds up to 20X faster.*   The zBoost DataBlast, like the entire line of zBoost products, features patented technology that protects the carrier network.  The zBoost DataBlast’s MSRP is $399 and starts shipping in October.  The package includes everything you need: amplifier base unit, power supply, base unit antenna, coaxial cable (RG59-mini), signal antenna and mounting hardware. The wide radio wave beam width directional antenna receives signals from multiple cell towers. zBoost SOHO - Cell Zones at Home or the Office   Designed for consumers, zBoost SOHO cell phone boosters extend a Cell Zone™ for multiple users and all devices operating on 800 and 1900 MHz frequency bands except those using Nextel/iDEN, 4G or 2100MHz. zBoost SOHO boosts signal up to 3000 square feet, making it perfect for your home or office.  The package includes everything you need: amplifier base unit, power supply, base unit antenna, coaxial cable (RG59-mini), signal antenna and mounting hardware. The wide radio wave beam width directional antenna receives signals from multiple cell towers. Easy-to-install, the zBoost-SOHO retails for $399. zBoost zForce - Miles of Signal The zBoost zForce YX240 cell phone signal booster extends an in-vehicle Cell Zone™ for cell phones or smartphones making it perfect for travel or long commutes. The dual band unit captures outside signal and amplifies it on the inside for a more reliable signal.  The zForce is easy to install and includes a bi-directional amplifier unit housed in a sturdy, lightweight cradle for hands free operation, 12V cigarette power adaptor, external magnetic mount antenna with 15 ft. cable and optional gooseneck cigarette lighter adapter.   The zForce retails for $99 and is also available with an optional gooseneck attachment for $149.

    Connected Consumers From the Holiday Hopper to the Smartphone Savvy to the Tablet Techie, the zBoost Your Holidays Profiles highlights key technology insights of target consumers to connect them with the perfect zBoost solution to fit their need.   This holiday season help family, friends and co-workers stay connected at home, in the office or on the go.

    Tablet Techie - Tablet sales continue to skyrocket.  Apple and Android tablet sales are expected to soar by 50 percent or more this year.  Tablets are now used for everything from business presentations to keeping kids occupied on the go.  Tablet users want access to their data fast - 60% of tablet users expect a wait of less than three seconds for a Web site to load.

    Smartphone Savvy The smartphone is a staple in today's hyper connected world with nearly 50 percent of American adults owning a smartphone and more than 65 percent of those 18-29 owning a smartphone.  These digital Swiss Army knives help consumers keep up with their schedules, check personal and work emails, the weather, stay connected on Facebook and Twitter and share on Pinterest and Instagram.

    Holiday Hopper The holidays are a time to pack up to visit family and friends.  It is estimated that more than 90 million travelers will take a trip of at least 50 miles from home this holiday season.  From tablets to smartphones, these travelers need to stay connected to work and entertain themselves along the trip.  

    iFamily - Today's family room is full of the latest technology gadget with 24 different consumer media and communication devices in the average home.   The use of tablets for watching television and video content has more than doubled in 2012 and is expected to continue to grow.

    iWorker - It is estimated that 20 to 30 million Americans work from home at least one day a week.  Smartphones and tablets are an essential communication tools for these teleworkers and when they don't get signal, it can make even more work.   

    About Wi-Ex Wi-Ex (www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of cell phone signal boosters, developed zBoost, the first consumer-priced signal booster that “extended cell zones” for the small office/home office cell phone market. Wi-Ex has expanded their “extending cell zone coverage” beyond consumers to corporate enterprises and large commercial applications. From M2M applications to large commercial complexes to the rising number of teleworkers, the zBoost line provides a business-centric solution for improving poor in-door cell phone coverage domestically and internationally. The zBoost product line works with most carriers in the US and abroad including AT&T, Sprint, Vodaphone, Verizon and T-Mobile. The award-winning zBoost home and office solutions help today's connected consumers including iPhone, iPad, Android (DROID), BlackBerry, and smartphone users with dropped calls and slow data. They were awarded a 2007 and 2010 Consumer Electronics Association Innovations Honoree by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and a 2011 EXC!TE honoree. They also were selected as a finalist for the 2007 and 2009 CTIA Emerging Technologies (E-Tech) Award. As the leader, zBoost has more awards, more sales and more locations than all their competitors combined. Wi-Ex continues to develop innovative products to meet the demands of an increasingly wireless society by enhancing wireless signals.

    For more about the zBoost SOHO DataBlast YX550 click here

  • Wi-Ex Supports Pro-Consumer Actions taken by the FCC

    April 7, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex, a leading provider of commercial and consumer cell phone signal boosters, announced today its support of the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on cell phone signal boosters.

     “Even when reading the introduction to this document, it is clear that the FCC has the consumer’s best interest in mind,” said Lloyd R. Meese, CEO of Wi-Ex.   He continues, “Wi-Ex already complies with preventing interference with the carrier network.  As a leader in cell phone signal boosters, we see firsthand the positive impact of cell phone signal boosters for consumers and businesses. We recognized from the beginning that oscillation could be an issue and developed patented technology as a solution to the problem.  With hundreds of thousands of boosters already helping municipal, state and federal governments, military installations, security agencies, businesses, healthcare facilities and most importantly consumers, today's NPRM is a win for consumers."

    The document starts – “We initiate this proceeding to facilitate the development and deployment of well-designed signal boosters, which hold great potential to empower consumers in rural and underserved areas to improve their wireless coverage in their homes, at their jobs, and when they travel by car, recreational vehicle, or boat.”  It continues later,  “The NPRM proposes a new regulatory framework authorizing individuals and entities to operate “consumer signal boosters”[1] provided the devices comply with:  (1) all applicable technical and radiofrequency (RF) exposure rules, and (2) a set of parameters aimed at preventing and controlling interference and rapidly resolving interference problems should they occur." 

    The document also states: "The public interest is best served by ensuring that consumers have access to well-designed boosters that do not harm wireless networks."   The entire document can be found at   http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/index.do?document=305599

    Poor in-door cell phone signal continues to frustrate today’s mobile consumer. 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 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.

     “The FCC has listened to consumers regarding the need for signal boosters.  Our customers send us emails and tell us at consumer-directed tradeshows like MacWorld, how they love and can FINALLY use, their cell phones, iPhones and smartphones, now that they have a zBoost.  I think the carriers are probably happy that their customers are happy, too,” says Sharon D. Cuppett, vice president of product management and marketing at Wi-Ex.  She adds,  “With a 25% or better churn and the number one reason being poor service, zBoost helps the carriers keep their current customers – I’m not releasing numbers, but many consumers use our product and have told us that they would have switched carriers and returned phones, even cool ones like the iPhone, without it. Below are just a couple of examples of happy consumers.”

    Consumer Testimonials from zBoost Customers

    “I am a glassblower in Wells, Vermont where cell service is pretty spotty. Clear reception is essential for running my business and nobody likes getting one of “those static cell phone calls.  Even though the cell phone provider guaranteed me service at my house, I got no bars until I got my zBoost. After adding the zBoost, I went from 0-1 bars to getting full service. Anywhere I previously got 1 bar, I now get full bars. And many, many places where I didn’t have any service I can now make clear calls. Cell service is priceless and buying the zBoost was worth every penny and so much more. If you live in rural America, this is the product for you. It’s quite rare that I’m this ecstatic about a product.  The zBoost is really, probably one of the best products I ever purchased." – Jason

    “I work in corporate communications, and I need to be available at a moment’s notice in situations, where there is news at work that has to be communicated to employees. I work from home on a regular basis, and it’s important to be available to my colleagues pretty much all the time. It was unbelievably frustrating when one of them would try to call me on my cell phone…half the time my phone wouldn’t ring at all, and then two hours later I would see that there was a new voice mail. The signal at my house was just terrible, and when I worked from home, I was on pins and needles that I might be missing an important call… (before I installed my zBoost) I had to go outside to get a signal – in snow, rain, and even hail. It was completely pathetic. I would come in from a call looking like a drowned rat. No more going outside in all kinds of weather to get a signal; no more missed calls from work; no more worrying about missing calls from work – the zBoost is fantastic for keeping me connected to work and for my peace of mind.” -- Lauren M. in Denver

    zBoost: Extending Cell Zones

    There are several reasons why cell phone signal boosters like zBoost are an essential tool for today's mobile lifestyle.

    • With more than 50 percent of cell phone calls made in-doors, a reliable in-door cell phone signal is needed for consumers and businesses to stay connected.
    • As more users take advantage of Internet, messaging and video on their cell phones and smartphones, the signal weakens for all of the users at the same time.
    • With close to 30 percent of Americans without a landline, their cell phone or smartphone is their only phone.
    • Boosters like the zBoost SOHO allows for multiple users with multiple carriers to enjoy the benefits of a strong cell phone signal simultaneously.

    Recent studies found that 72 percent of small businesses use mobile apps in their operations and nearly 40 percent said it would be hard to survive if their mobile apps vanished. Combine this with statistics predicting that half of American's will use a smartphone by the end of 2011 and it becomes clear that a strong cell signal is essential for consumers and business.  The zBoost line allows users to take full advantage of data, voice and Internet services on their iPhones, BlackBerry, DROID, connected devices, smartphones and other mobile devices including 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more - at home, in their personal workspace or in a corporate office, both in the U.S. and abroad.


    "[1] We (FCC) define the term “consumer signal booster” in this NPRM to include any signal booster operated by (or for the benefit of) consumers on spectrum being used to provide subscriber-based services, e.g., voice communications, texting, using a broadband connection to access e-mail or the Internet."

  • Wi-Ex Looks Forward to a Pro-Consumer Decision from the FCC Regarding Cell Phone Signal Boosters

    March 28, 2011 - Leave a Comment

     Wi-Ex announced today that it is optimistic about the FCC’s upcoming ruling on cell phone signal boosters.  The FCC has announced that this issue is on the April 7th Agenda. 

    “Based on recent news leaks and positive chatter at CTIA regarding an FCC ruling expected in early April, we are optimistic that the FCC will rule pro-consumer,” said Lloyd R. Meese, CEO of with Wi-Ex.  “With hundreds of thousands of boosters already helping municipal, state and federal governments, military installations, security agencies, businesses, healthcare facilities and most importantly consumers, we are hoping that what we have heard is true.  It would be a win for the consumers.”

    The zBoost line allows users to take full advantage of data, voice and Internet services on their iPhones, BlackBerry, DROID, connected devices, smartphones and other mobile devices including 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more - at home, in their personal workspace or in a corporate office, both in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Wi-Ex Expands its Commercial, Corporate and Machine-to-Machine Solutions

    March 28, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    New zBoost Blog Provides Resource on Mobile Trends,
    Teleworking and zBoost's Business-Centric Solutions

    Wi-Ex showcased its commercial, corporate and machine-to-machine solutions  at CTIA Wireless in booth # 3059.  zBoost also launched its news zBoost Business Blog, "zBoost: Increasing Signal, Increasing Business."   The zBoost Business Blog (http://zboostworkforce.wordpress.com/) will provide a resource for businesses and today's mobile workforce to stay up-to-date on mobile trends, teleworking and zBoost's business-centric solutions.

    The zBoost line allows users to take full advantage of data, voice and Internet services on their iPhones, BlackBerry, DROID, connected devices, smartphones and other mobile devices including 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more - at home, in their personal workspace or in a corporate office, both in the U.S. and abroad.

    According to IDC Technology Spotlight From Consumer-Centric to Business Essential: Extending Smartphone and Mobile Broadband Device Service into the Workplace, IDC #1073, January, 2011, "Used for years to improve sub-par cell service in homes, signal-boosting technology has come of age to provide increased signal strength throughout a business facility."

    "The expansion of our corporate, machine-to-machine and commercial solutions, are in direct response to our customers and the changes in the industry," said Lloyd R. Meese, CEO of Wi-Ex.  "The rapid adoption of smartphones including iPhones and BlackBerry, tablets and other connected devices has caused a shift in the way businesses operate.  From M2M applications to large commercial complexes to the rising number of teleworkers, the zBoost line provides a business-centric solution for improving poor in-door cell phone coverage."  

    The "zBoost: Increasing Signal, Increasing Business" Blog will focus on providing insight into the role of cell phones in today's business environment.  With increases in gas prices and the flexibility smartphones provide corporate America, the zBoost Business Blog will feature a monthly Teleworking Tuesdays and provide tips, testimonials and insight for teleworkers. In addition, the blog will provide a resource for the latest mobile trends and information on zBoost products and solutions.

  • Wi-Ex Announces Launch of Machine-to-Machine, M2M, Division

    March 23, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Yesterday, at the International CTIA Wireless 2011 show, we launched our machine-to-machine (M2M) division. The new division will focus on providing M2M solutions for key markets including consumer facing point-of-sale devices such as kiosks, vending machines and ATMs, mobile data collection, health and medical monitoring and industrial machine-to-machine communications.

     We  will be displaying the zBoost consumer and commercial products at CTIA Wireless in booth # 3059. “While some consumers have become accustomed to dropped calls and slow data, many M2M applications carry vital information such as healthcare and financial making cell phone signal quality a top priority.”

    "The launch of the Wi-Ex M2M division is in direct response to the growing need for reliable service in this expanding market. Recent reports predict the number of cellular M2M connections will grow to more than 160 million by the end of 2011 and up to 390 million by 2014," said Lloyd R. Meese, CEO of Wi-Ex.

    To find out more about Wi-Ex's M2M Division, click here.

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