Last week, with CES in full swing, my phone became an endless stream of beeps and buzzes as emails continuously flooded my inbox, but for one brief moment I found peace. In the middle of the show floor WeBoost created an oasis free of notifications to show off its latest product.
When I stepped into WeBoost’s room-sized dead spot, called a Faraday cage, my smartphone’s signal quickly disappeared. I breathed a sigh of relief. For a few beautiful moments no one could reach me as I snapped photos of the sleek black device. Then we turned Eqo on and my signal instantly came back. I was already buried in new emails.
Ironically, WeBoost actually makes a cellular signal booster called Eqo. It’s designed to improve service inside your house where the connection might be spotty. However, you can also use it to pipe a signal into a room that’s otherwise totally dead.
The Eqo launches this March for 349.99. The company says it can cover up to 1,200 square feet (1-2 rooms) and takes less than 60 seconds to set up. That’s a big improvement from WeBoost’s previous model, which had a much more intensive installation process.
WeBoost’s Eqo takes the cell signal from outside and “echos” it into your house, providing faster speeds, easier downloads and even longer battery life since your phone doesn’t waste any power seeking out a signal. By comparison, a carrier MicroCell is basically a mini cell tower inside your home that connects directly to your broadband service. Though results can vary with how well your phone works with a carrier’s MicroCell.
The Eqo doesn’t require any existing broadband setup, so pretty much anyone should be able to use it. However, MicroCells offer more range (5,000 square feet for the AT&T model) so that’s something to consider as well.