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AG Pro Quint Selectable

quint selectableAfter much antisipation and waiting it's finally here; Wilson Electronics first "Quint" amplifier. The Quint, meaning 5 for the 5 bands of cellular enhancement, will improve cell reception for voice and data for all carriers on 850 and 1900 MHz cellular bands. The Quint will also enhance the newer AWS frequencies of 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz which is currently T-Mobile's 3G and 4G technology. Finally, it has a selectable 700 MHz LTE switch for improving either AT&T or Verizon 4G LTE.

It may sound a little strange having a switch to control improving one carrier or anothers 4G service and maybe it doesn't make sense in some instances like hospitals or hotels where you're trying to improve as much as you can, but this unit is ideal in a residential setting. In a home you're typically trying to improve your family's 1 carrier and you'd probably like to provide cell service for any guests, so they don't drop calls. This is exactly what the AG Pro Quint Selectable does.

The Quint will improve T-Mobile voice, 3G, and 4G data out of the box. It's also good to know that both Verizon and AT&T own licenses in the AWS (1700 and 2100 MHz) spectrum. They haven't turned AWS on in many markets, but with the current bandwidth demand they will be using AWS in the future for 4G data. This makes the Quint Selectable more appealing for future changes to cell carriers networks.

Here are all the features and specs on the AG Pro Quint Selectable:

Features

  • Provides up to 80,000 square feet of boosted signal coverage
  • Boosts signals on 800 MHz, 1900MHz, AWS and both AT&T and Verizon 700 MHz 4Gnetworks
  • Supports CDMA, GSM, EVDO, LTE, HSPA+ and WCDMA technologies
  • Most affordable five-band booster available
  • Compact Design
  • Weighs less than three pounds
  • LCD display
  • Push button controls
  • Optimization for each of the five frequency bands
  • Cell site protection technology
Product Number
803570
 
Uplink MHz
Downlink MHz
Cellular
824-894
869-894
PCS
1850-1910
1930-1990
AWS
1710-1755
2110-2155
700
698-716
728-746
700
776-787
746-757
Gain
75 dB
Max Uplink Power
630 mw
Noise Figure
6 dB to 7 dB
Flatness
±4 dB
Oscillation Protection
.5 second shut down
Power Requirements
5V DC
Connectors
N-Female
Dimensions
6 x 7.5 x 1.5 (inches) 15.2 x 19 x 3.8 (cm)
Weight
2.81 lbs / 0.175 kg

Introducing the Tri-Flex Series from Cellphone-Mate

SureCall by Cellphone-Mate strikes first again with the latest technological advances in cellular amplification. On March 12th, 2013 they announced that the company has been FCC certified for the TriFlex V (Verizon), TriFlex A (AT&T) and the Tri-Flex T (T-Mobile) Tri-Band Amplifier for T-Mobile's enhanced 4G and Canada's 4G frequency. The Tri-Flex family of amplifiers are part of the Enhance™ Series of SureCall residential and home office amplifiers and are the industry's first tri-band cellular enhancement solution for 2G-3G voice and 4G data transmission.

These cell boosters improve voice and 3G data for all cellular carriers, because they all work on the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz spectrum. The 3 models differ in their enhancement of 4G; each geared toward specific carriers 4G technologies. The TriFlex series of cell boosters from Cellphone-Mate are the ideal for homes. Let's say your family has AT&T. All the AT&T devices in the home will get the benefit of increases cell reception and data rate from 2G to 4G. The other great feature is; if your friends or family come over with their Verizon Wireless devices they will also get the benefit of increased 2G and 3G cell service. Here are the overviews of each model:

Tri-Flex A (CM-Triflex-A) | Tri-Band 4G LTE Adjustable

Residential Cellular Booster for AT&T customers

triflex a

65dB (Cellular/PCS/AT&T LTE) | Ideal for residential and home office with AT&T 4G up to 6,000 square ft.

  • Tri-Band 800 (Cellular), 1900 (PCS), 700 (AT&T LTE MHz)
  • Adjustable dials for all bands
  • Works with all AT&T 2G, 3G and 4G standards
  • Supports multiple users
  • Automatic shutdown and oscillation detection
  • Automatic Gain Control
  • Tower proximate technology
  • DC variable input
  • Patent pending

 


 

Tri-Flex V (CM-Triflex-V) | Tri-Band 4G LTE Adjustable Residential Cell Phone Booster for Verizon

triflex v65dB (Cellular/PCS/Verizon LTE) | Ideal for residential and home office with Verizon 4G up to 6,000 square ft.

  • Tri-Band 800 (Cellular), 1900 (PCS), 700 (Verizon LTE MHz)
  • Adjustable dials for all bands
  • Works with all AT&T 2G, 3G and 4G standards
  • Supports multiple users
  • Automatic shutdown and oscillation detection
  • Automatic Gain Control
  • Tower proximate technology

 


 

Tri-Flex -T | 3G/4G Tri-Band Adjustable Cellphone Booster for Home/Office [ U.S T-Mobile & Canadian LTE ]

65dB | Ideal for residential and home office up to 6,000 sq.ft. (557 M2)

  • Tri-Band 800 (Cellular), 1900 (PCS), 2100 (AWS LTE MHz)
  • Adjustable dials for all bands
  • Works with all Canadian 2G, 3G and 4G standards
  • Supports multiple users
  • Auto Shutdown and Oscillation Detection
  • Operates at low temperature

The Latest on Phablets

I wrote an article a while back about Phablets and how the name and fate became solidified when LG came out with their own phablet. So what's the latest with phablets and how popular are they? First off phablets how come about due to the demand for larger screens, because people are doing more tasks than just calls and bigger screens are better for entertainment purposes. Eventually, Samsung came out with the Galaxy Note. Some joked it was "phablet" half way between a phone and a tablet and somehow the name stuck.

For clarity, phablets have displays between 5" and 7" and they combine some of the features of tablets with all of the features one would expect to find in a smartphone. People may still want a larger tablet for use in the home, but the right phablet definitely offers tablet functionality for on-the-go computing, and can outright replace a smartphone. Here's a look at the three main phablets on the market today.

Samsung Galaxy Note IInote2

 Price: $174.99, $199.99, and $224.99 at Amazon with a 2-year contract (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, respectively); $699.99 unlocked
Storage Capacity: 16GB, expandable up to 64GB
Connectivity and Specs: 1.6GHz quad–core Exynos processor, 2GB RAM, 5.5" 1280x720 display (267 ppi), 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.9MP front–facing camera, WiFi and NFC, microSD card slot, 4G LTE, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

The original Galaxy Note surpassed expectations and proved that there is demand for this form factor. Samsung's follow up improves on the original in every way and includes some well thought out features, including an S-Pen stylus with dedicated apps. The Galaxy Note II is available on all major U.S. carriers.

HTC Droid DNAdna

 Price: $149.99 at Wirefly or Let's Talk with a 2-year contract (Verizon); $599.99 unlocked
Storage Capacity: 16GB
Connectivity and Specs: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5" 1920x1080 display (441 ppi), 8MP rear-facing camera, 2.1MP front–facing camera, WiFi and NFC, 4G LTE, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

The long-awaited Droid DNA from HTC has some impressive specs on paper, though its main draw must be seen to be fully appreciated: its true high definition display blows the competition out of the water. Yet, the device's limited storage and lack of a microSD card slot could prove to be its Achilles' heel. The Droid DNA ends up feeling more like a big smartphone than a tablet, and it lacks the stylus and dedicated apps of the Galaxy Note II. It’s also a Verizon exclusive.

LG Intuition (LG Optimus Vu)intuition

 Price: $99.99 at Amazon with a 2-year contract (Verizon); $599.99 unlocked
Storage Capacity: 32GB
Connectivity and Specs: 1.5GHz dual–core processor, 1GB RAM, 5" 1024x768 display (256 ppi), 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front–facing camera, WiFi and NFC, 4G LTE, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Otherwise known as the LG Optimus Vu, the renamed Intuition on Verizon is reasonably priced, but it struggles to compete with the offerings from Samsung and HTC on specs. The Intuition does ship with a stylus (LG's Rubberdium pen), and there’s a nice Quick Memo feature for writing and sketching directly on screenshots, but a design flaw in the device means there's not proper place to store the included stylus.

Wi-Ex zBoost DataBlast

Wi-Ex a company that manufactures cellular signal boosters has released 2 units and has another one on the way to enhance 4G data. All will enhance T-Mobiles 4G AWS network 2 add Verizon 4G LTE and the one coming adds AT&T 4G LTE. These cell boosters are considered tri-band.

zBoost SOHO DataBlast YX550-VLTE-AWS for Data On the Verizon LTE & AWS Network

wiexThis is a great inexpensive unit to boost 4G data. Its target carriers are Verizon and T-Mobile and is made specifically to enhance 4G data for both. Since 4G currently doesn't encompass voice call reception, you will need to purchase a dual band voice and 3G data cell booster then pass on this and instead get the Upgrade Unit (listed below) if you want voice and 3G.

Claimed Benefits Include:

  • Increases indoor 4G data speeds on Verizon LTE & AWS networks
  • Coverage up to 2500 square feet
  • Supports multiple users simultaneously
  • Improves upload and download speeds
  • Easy to set up – comes complete with everything you need
  • No cradle or connections to your phone
  • Extends phone battery life (uses less power when signal is stronger)
  • Protects the carrier network using patented technology

zBoost SOHO DataBlast YX550-VLTE-AWS UPGRADE for Data On the Verizon LTE & AWS Network

This unit has the same stats as the one listed above, but is for upgrading a current Wi-Ex dual band voice and 3G cell booster. The existing cell booster will remain, what you're replacing is the outside antenna then using a combiner you'll split the output to the 2 cell boosters. Maybe it sounds complicated, but it shouldn't be to hard.

zBoost SOHO DataBlast YX550-ALTE-AWS for Data On the AT&T LTE and AWS Networks

Currently awaiting FCC approval, this unit will boost AT&T 4G LTE and T-Mobile 4G AWS. I'm sure they will also add an upgrade kit for this cell booster as well.

Claimed Benefits Include:

  • Increases indoor 4G signal data speeds on AT&T and AWS networks
  • Coverage-up to 2500 square feet
  • Supports multiple users simultaneously
  • Improves upload and download speeds
  • Easy to set up – comes complete with everything you need
  • No cradle or connections to your phone
  • Extends phone battery life (uses less power when signal is stronger)
  • Protects the carrier network using patented technology

Wi-Ex has been in the game of manufacturing cellular signal boosters since 2002. Wi-Ex is a little different than some of the other cell booster manufacturers with it's emphasis on affordability and a direct selling channel. Wi-Ex solutions are also great for the simplicity of installation. What they don't market is large coverage areas and I feel like this arena wouldn't fit for them and they probably don't want to enter this realm.

Force-5 Five Band Cellular Amplifier

force 5Cell-Phone-Mate really outdid themselves with the new SureCall Force-5 five band cellular amplifier. This unit includes voice, 3G, and 4G data for all carriers except Sprint's 4G WiMax. The Force-5 is very powerful with a maximum gain of 85 DB. This full-featured amplifier includes adjustable gain control and automatic shutdown for maximum flexibility. Extremely competitively priced, it requires 1/5th the space requirements of its competitors and is a fraction of the cost compared to similar amplifiers with its capabilities. Ideal for locations with a low cellular signal and/or requiring large coverage.

This unit is the installers dream as one can independently adjust each of the carriers (frequencies) transmit and receive signals independently. The Force-5 amplifier is Cell Booster Installer's ( CBI ) product of choice for locations that require as many carriers as possible and 4G capabilities like hospitals, hotels, and large office buildings. Cell-Phone-Mate's SureCall Force-5 amplifier is the first to offer the voice, 3G, and 4G for multiple carriers in one unit. You can't beat the price either MSRP is $3990. Other manufacturers offering the same power and capabilities are selling their products for $20,000+. For the tech junkies here are the specs:

Frequency Uplink: 1850-1910/824-849/698-716/776-787/1710-1755 Downlink: 1930-1990/869-894/728-746/746-757/2110-2155
Average Gain 80dB
Maximum Gain 85dB
VSWR ≤2:0
Standard Supported CDMA, GSM, UMTS, WCDMA, HSPA(+), EVDO, LTE and all other standard cell phone networks
AC Power Transformer Input AC110V, 60Hz; Output: DC19V
Maximum RF Output Power 27 dBm with High Linearity
Noise Figure 7dB
Cable LMR400 or CM400 recommended
RF connectors N Female connectors on both ends
Power Consumption <65W
Dimensions 14.5” x 11” x 3.5”
Weight 19.5 lbs
Input Impedance 50 ohm
VSWR ≤2:0
DC Power 19V