• Cell Phone User Statistics

    August 16, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    The Pew Research Center has released a new report titled Americans and Their Cell Phones.  With cell phone use and ownership continually rising, the survey finds a topic that applies to all of us.  Whether you are guilty of sending and receiving text, pictures, or video messages or just using your phone to avoid an awkward interaction with others, this report offers a statistic for all of these aspects of cell phone use.  A few of the stats really caught my eye as a smart phone user.

    • 42% of cell owners used their phone for entertainment when they were bored.  I am guilty of using my smart phone as entertainment while I’m waiting in line, listening to a particularly boring lecture, or when there is nothing on TV.
    •  20% of cell owners experienced frustration because their phone was taking too long to download something.
    • 51% of adult cell owners have used their phone at least one time to get information they needed immediately.   Let us not forget about those heated family or friend debates!  You need facts to help prove your side of the argument, or even just to squash that family quarrel between your mother and brother.

    I do not have to worry about the frustration of cell phone ownership because of my zBoost cell phone signal booster.  My zBoost has helped me in every one of these scenarios from boredom to frustration!  Not only does it relieve me from upload and download delays, but I never have to worry about not receiving or dropping important calls.

    To read Americans and Their Cell Phones in its entirety for all cell phone stats click here.

  • Google+ Boom

    August 2, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    As a Senior at Kennesaw State University I am always looking at the new technology especially social media.  I am always looking for ways to integrate my social media with my studies.  Whether it be adding new friends from classes, getting homework, or even just answers to general questions from classmates when professors are unavailable.  I'm proud to say that I think I have discovered the best way for me as a student to integrate my social media and university requirements.  I have been exploring and learning about Google+. It seems to have taken the best of all social media’s and combined them into one. There are two aspects of Google+ that I use the most for University. They are Google+ Hangouts and Huddles. The hangouts are used through Google+ on your computer creating video conferencing/chat rooms and the Google+ Huddles are used through the mobile app creating group texting / chat rooms.

    Google+ Hangouts make virtual video conference and chat accessible for all. Every Google+ member is able to enter the Hangout even if their computer or laptop is not equipped with video or microphones. The members of the Hangout that do not have video or microphone can still see and hear the hangout and are able to participate by typing in the chat section of the hangout. This option has changed the need for group meetings. Every student understands the difficulty of finding a time that every member of your team or group can meet. Some student’s work, some don’t, someone may have class during a time no one else does, well the Google+ Hangouts make finding that time easier. It eliminates the need for everyone to drive to a location to meet. With the Hangouts we can all jump online from home or any other location.

    The Google+ Huddles also help ease the difficulty with group meetings/projects. The user on the mobile app is able to create a group like “school project” and invite the specific users into the Huddle. Whenever a new message is created all other members get a notification to their cell phones, similar to a SMS text, keeping all members current on the conversation involving the projects.
    I currently use a zBoost to guarantee that I always have signal for my phone and computer. The zBoost makes sure that I am always connected on my DroidX and my laptop aircard to participate in the Huddles. Because of the zBoost I know I will always be able to participate and complete my work.

  • Product Review: Bella So Savvy

    February 18, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    zBoost Metro YX540 Cell Phone Booster

    Can you hear me now? Hello? Are you still there? Hmm… I guess not. Dang it, dropped call AGAIN!

    We live in a small suburban city that’s surrounded by farms and empty fields. I would think that our cell phone service here would be better since there’s not a lot around us unlike a large, busy city filled with tall buildings BUT that’s not the case.

    Maybe the nearest tower is outdated or blocked in some way. I do know that after signing our newest contract, our service provider changed the location of the cell tower where our signal comes from to one further away from our home and that’s when our problems started.

    Since cell phones have become an integral part of our lives — helping us stay connected to family and friends — it’s pretty important that we maintain service, especially for emergency situations. I can’t count the number of times our cell phones have came in handy for those when we’ve been out and about. And it’s quite annoying when you’re trying to make, receive or stay on a call when all of a sudden the phone just disconnects for no apparent reason. This happens way more than is acceptable in our home in my opinion.

    I know one thing, I surely do NOT want to have to go outside to make and or receive phone calls, especially during the nasty, bitter winter months. As much money as we pay for our service, there is no way I’m going to freeze my patootie off just because our service sucks!

    Just recently I learned that there IS an available alternative and that is the zBoost Metro YX540 Cell Phone Booster offered by Wi-Ex. The zBoost Metro YX540 is a signal amplifier or cell phone booster that was created for consumers who reside in single story urban dwellings. These are also designed for multiple users in homes and or offices with space up to 1500 square feet in size.

    It supports all U.S. phones and mobile devices using 800 and 1900 MHz and does not require an outdoor antenna.

    Here’s What You Get With a zBoost Metro YX540 Kit:

    • zBoost Metro Base Unit
    • Base Unit Antenna
    • Window Mount Signal Antenna
    • Base Unit Antenna
    • Coax Cable (RG59-Mini, 40 feet)
    • Power Supply
    • Short Suction Cup Attachments
    • Long Suction Cup Attachments

    Set up is quite easy since the kit contains everything you need and no tools are required. To get started, it’s a good idea to read over the instructions before permanently installing the antenna’s. Also, make sure you can place calls near the location you plan to install the antenna. The base unit will only amplify a signal that is received at the signal antenna. The obvious way to find this out is by placing a call near the ideal location to verify there is enough signal to be amplified.

    For the next step, place the signal antenna on the interior of a window located in the area of your chosen site. To do this, choose either the large or small suction cups provided in your kit, fasten them to the back of the antenna and adjust the antenna so that it is secured into place. The higher you can seat the antenna, the better. The antenna is situated vertically so that the coax is coming out of the bottom of the antenna box.

    Click the image below for a closer look…

    Next, connect the base unit antenna and coax to the base unit and place it in the location where you need a signal. For the most optimal signal, it’s recommended that you position the unit near the middle of a room or on an interior wall. The base unit uses an omni-directional antenna that delivers a signal in a circular motion around the antenna. The system does not require a vertical separation but the two antenna’s should have at least 8 feet of horizontal separation for best performance. One nice feature is that you can either mount the base unit to a wall or place it on a flat surface. Just make sure the unit is kept at a distance of at least 2 feet away from other cords or metal objects, including other wireless devices such as routers.

    Once the devices are connected and plugged into a power supply, you wait up to 60 seconds for the units to start broadcasting a signal. The LED indicator light will let you know if the unit is functioning properly by either emitting a green or red light which may or may not be flashing. You can compare the results with the user’s manual if you experience any issues.

     Technical Benefits:

    • Boost indoor signal coverage up to 1500 square feet
    • Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz frequencies
    • Increases voice and data transmission; decreases dropped or missed calls
    • No outside antenna placement required
    • Requires no cradle or connections to your phone
    • Extends phone battery life; uses less power when signal is stronger

    How Does It Measure Up?

    The zBoost Metro base antenna measures 5″ x 7″ x 1.25″ D and the Signal Antenna measures 7.25″ x 5.5″ x 2.25″.

    We’ve been averaging an additional 1 – 2 bars per phone call since installing the zBoost Metro, which is great because the dropped calls have lessened and that’s exactly what I was hoping for. Another thing I really love is that we can now receive a signal in our basement. Something we never had before. My son Derek appreciates this because while he’s down there in the weight room working out, he can receive calls from all of the girls. hahaa

    BUY IT!

    The zBoost Metro YX540 Cell Phone Booster retails for $299.99 and can be purchased at www.wi-exstore.com.

    If you’ve got a poor signal and need something for a larger or smaller dwelling, Wi-Ex has you covered with cell phone boosters that amplify up to 3000 square feet as well as up to 1200 square feet. Go check ‘em out and bring your phone calls indoors!

    ~The views & opinions expressed in my posts are simply mine. My views & opinions may differ from other consumers. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the zBoost Metro kit from the manufacturer or PR Agency and was under no obligation to write a positive post.~

  • Holiday Profiles: Vacation Worker

    December 14, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    While nearly 8 in 10 professionals say they want balance in their work and personal lives, according to a survey by Accenture, more than 50 percent work while on vacation. Additionally the number of Vacation Workers increases with age, showing 71 percent of Baby Boomers (those born before 1964) work on vacation by reading and responding to email, taking phone calls and participating in work related conference calls.
    Working on vacation can be done easily with a smart phone and a good cell phone signal connection. Unfortunately cell phone signal becomes unreliable both en route and upon arrival at many vacation sights and rural areas. This year give a zBoost to yourself or to the vacation worker in your life and improve the quality of your family's vacation time.

    zBoost zPocket (zP) - $119
    • The work accessory you need: Increases signal and speed for cell phones and aircards
    • Hotel, resort or childhood bedrooms: Extends CellZone, 4-6 feet
    • Compact and easy set up: Fits in an outside pocket of a suitcase or briefcase

    zBoost-METRO - $299
    • Vacation living: Extends signal indoors for beach condos, hotel rooms and resorts
    • Easy set-up: Antenna attaches to window with coverage up to 1,500 sq ft
    • Smartphone ready: Boosts 3G, Edge and aircards for multiple users and multiple carriers simultaneously

  • Holiday Profiles: Digital Diva

    December 13, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    For today’s Digital Diva, technology and gadgets are an integral part of her life. She relies on her gadgets to stay connected in her busy high-tech life. With 1.5 trillion texts sent in 2009 alone, the constant-communicator, the Digital Diva needs to always be available.
    This holiday season give the Digital Diva on your list a zBoost to help her stay connected on her mobile, Blackberry or iPhone! There’s a good chance she is like one of the 70 percent of cell phone owners who experience problems with their in-door cell phone service.

    zBoost-ONE PCS - $249
    • Independent urban living: Covers 1,200 sq ft
    • Constant Communication: Boosts aircards, EDGE and 3G Technology
    • Easy set-up: Single base unit with no external antennas

    zBoost-METRO - $299
    • Amplifies signal: Better connection in condos, lofts, and apartments.
    • Simple set-up: No external antennas to install
    • Divine connection: 1,500 sq ft of coverage

  • Tested.com Reviews the zBoost-METRO

    November 8, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Will and Norm of Tested.com took time to review the zBoost-SOHO.  They did a thorough job testing at both Will’s home and the tested.com offices.  The zBoost-SOHO did not perform as well as they hoped at Will’s house since he lives in a single story ranch and was not able to achieve the 15 feet of vertical separation.  Since then, Wi-Ex has offered to send him the zBoost-METRO, which is made for single story dwellings, and would be the appropriate product for his home situation.

    Happily the zBoost-SOHO had a stellar performance at the Tested.com offices where they were able to achieve the 15 feet of vertical separation between the base unit and the antenna.  See the video for more specifics, a bit of humor and a very cute dog.


  • zBoost Available at Best Buy and Micro Center

    November 4, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    The zBoost-SOHO and zBoost-METRO are now available at Best Buy and Micro Center. 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.



     “The retail channel is still a very important part of the buying experience for consumers. In fact, recent industry reports found that more than 40 percent of consumer research electronics online but still purchase in store.  We are looking forward to offering our products in Micro Center and providing consumers with another option to see our products firsthand,” said Sharon Cuppett, vice president of marketing and product management of Wi-Ex. 

    According to the annual zBoost "State of the Cell Signal" Survey, commissioned by Wi-Ex and conducted by Harris Interactive®, nearly 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 survey, fielded December 8–10, 2009 via Harris’ online omnibus survey, also found that 67 percent of cell phone owners use data functions on their cell phones and, of those, nearly

  • Article of the Week from TheDigitalStory.com

    November 3, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    zBoost Metro Eliminated My iPhone Dropped Calls

    For the longest time I had decent cell phone reception at my studio in central Santa Rosa, CA. Then one day, as if someone threw a switch, my service was terrible. I could barely complete a call before it was dropped, and sometimes I would have to redial 3 or 4 times just to finish a short conversation. I was so frustrated.

    zBoost Metro in Window The signal antenna for the zBoost Metro in my window sill. Since this device doesn't require vertical separation like other single amplifiers, you can even use it in a single-level apartment or small office.

    I knew the solution wasn't going to be AT&T -- I had contacted them about the problem, and they said everything looked OK to them -- I would have to come up with something on my own. And I did. The zBoost METRO YX540 cell phone signal booster.

    How to Set Up the zBoost Metro

    It works like this. First you have to find a location in your home or small office that has the best phone reception. In my case, I could get 2 bars upstairs in the room facing south. I placed the signal antenna (shown here) in that window. I set it on the window sill, but the kit includes suction cups if you want to attach it to the glass.

    Then I ran the included coaxial cable down the stairs to the bottom floor where I previously had virtually no reception. I attached the zBoost Base Unit and made sure the light was green. I checked my iPhone downstairs, and I went from 1 bar (which quite honestly was really no bars because I couldn't complete calls), to 2 bars and sometimes 3. Before I let myself get too excited, I dialed up a couple friends. Perfect! I actually finished the conversations.

    OK, now for the ultimate test. I have a friend who uses a BlackBerry on Verizon. We have not completed a call in months. I dialed her up. We talked for five minutes without disruption. And, on top of that, her voice sounded loud and clear. It was a miracle!

    Once I had confidence that the zBoost was going to work, I ran the white coaxial cable along the wall, and for the most part, out of sight along the edge of the carpet. I could push it down in the crack so that it's barely visible.

    Networks, Coverage and Stuff

    The zBoost METRO YX540 is available everywhere for $199. It works with 800 and 1900 MHz frequencies, except for Nextel/iDEN. No problem for iPhones. It can cover an area as large as 1500 square feet. I have about 1,000 square feet downstairs at my studio, and the zBoost covers it easily. You get a system gain of about 50 dB, and it works with the following networks: CDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, EVDO, 1xRTT, UMTS, HSPA, and 3G. It uses 3W of power in standby mode, and up to 7W when its working hard.

    iPhone vs iPad

    Since many of us have iPads too, I decided to also test the zBoost with that device. The results were a bit surprising.

    I made sure WiFi was off for both the iPhone 3GS and the iPad 3G. The iPhone showed 2 bars and the iPad was displaying 3. But when I launched web pages on both devices, the iPhone 3GS beat the iPad every time. Generally, I think the iPad loads pages faster than the iPhone, especially on WiFi. But not using the zBoost.

    Using 3G only with the zBoost, DPReview would completely load in 50 seconds on the iPhone 3GS and 1:30 on the iPad. If I turned WiFi back on, the iPad would beat the iPhone, loading in about 10-15 seconds.

    So in my case, the zBoost does a great job with voice communication on the iPhone, but isn't really a plus for the iPad. Of course your mileage may vary.

    The Bottom Line

    You could not pry the zBoost Metro out of my hands. It has brought my cell phone back to life so I can use it with confidence in my studio.

  • "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" broadcasting live from Wi-Ex's booth at CEDIA 2010!

    September 13, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Dave Graveline will be broadcasting "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline"  LIVE from Wi-Ex booth # 4012  at CEDIA EXPO 2010 on Friday, September 24th, 2010 from 12-5 PM!

    Come by booth 4012 and check out Dave and Wi-Ex!

  • The Droid Guy tests out the new zBoost Metro!

    July 26, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    The Droid Guy was the first to review the zBoost Metro! Check out what he has to say:

    Bad Signal? Femtocell Not working out try Zboost

    Let's face it death grip or no death grip some of us just happen to live in areas where cell signal is bad. At my home I get a very good voice signal with Sprint however I live relatively close to a power grid, 500 yards from Camden Yards, next to a light rail station etc etc etc. It makes cell phone service kind of spotty at times. I've tried everything from those dumb stickers you put on the back of your phone to femtocell to other solutions and while femtocell works I've found something that is a one-time payment device.

    Check Out Zboost and the Zboost Metro
    I originally saw Zboost at the Pepcom show in New York last month and have been dying to try it however my travel schedule has been out of this world and I needed a moment to set this thing up and try it out.

    At first glance the box was intimidating, in fact thats why I didn't set it up until last week. There is a window mount, base station, antenna and about 20 feet of coaxial cable in the box. As a tech person I thought to myself man I've got to actually install this thing? However after glancing at the instructions and realizing it's really only 5 pieces (Window Mount Antenna, Power Cord, Coaxial Cord, Device, Device Antenna) it was a piece of cake. It took about a minute to find a spot and 2 minutes to put everything together.

    Realy in short the Zboost is a nicely packaged signal amplifier for cellular radio networks. It seems to be doing wonders for my AT&T, and Verizon phones I am waiting to check out T-mobile because there is a rumor that they lit up HSPA+ in my neighborhood that Im not sure would be compatible.

    AT&T and Verizon are definitely showing improved strength in my home. But more on results in one weeks time.

    The unit iself is not obtrusive at all it looks no bigger than a router or cable modem. The Window antenna, could probably use some design work but if you're in an urban dwelling and have ditched MaBell you may want to sacrifice asthetic beauty for sheer performance.

    Here are some other Key Benefits for the Zboost Metro:
    - Perfect for Single Story units (although Im using it in 2 with good results) no vertical separation neeed
    - Increases signal strength up to 1500 sqiare feet
    - Decreases dropped or missed calls
    - No Cradle or connections to your phone
    - Extends Batttery life,
    - Works with all US Carriers
    - Delivers voice and data

    In One week I'm going to report back on the Zboost Metro with pics and results on how it improved service on all four carriers in my house. I also have the ZBoost Zpocket which is a similar system designed for travelers. I'm going to use it in the next two weeks in Texas, New York and California.

    Stay Tuned
    for more information visit Wi-Ex directly for Zboost

     Visit The Droid Guy's blog to read more of his reviews!

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