My frustration with AT&T came to a head about three months ago. It was truly impossible to make a phone call in the back of my home. It wasn’t because I was having reception issues with the iPhone 4 – I don’t even own an iPhone 4. But I do use an iPhone 3GS. I needed to decide if I would keep the service with AT&T or make the move to Verizon. This was a tough decision because it would require a huge change in hardware. Giving up the iPhone just seemed impossible. I had truly fallen in love with the iPhone and all its whistle and bells. My frustration was clearly with AT&T. I did the very next logical thing that anyone in this techie day in age should do, I Twittered. Shortly after, I was tweeted back by an electrical manufacture called Wilson Electronics. We exchanged contact information and soon enough we were bouncing phone calls and emails to each other.
Their professional solution was to use a desktop amplifier, a signal booster. They offered to give me a review product, and would cover all costs involved. All they asked for was that I thoroughly use the product and give an honest review. This was great for both of us, since I am always looking to review exciting product. So I replied with a simple “I’m in” and sure enough
The product was on its way to me.
So there it was on a typical hot summer afternoon, the awesome knock of the UPS man with my telecommunication solution from the geniuses at Wilson Electronics had arrived. Excited to get it in my hands I recorded an unboxing and posted it within an hour on www.YouTube.com and I sent a tweet out to the world to let them know it had arrived. Cheered on by my many followers I went through the instructions and was ready to install. My only installation concern was that I did not want to drill any holes through my house, so I went to radio shack and bought a flat coax allowing me to pass the coax cable under a window. I smoked the tires to get home and start the installation.
The first step was to locate the strongest signal strength around my house. That was a no brainer. It was the front of the house. Next I picked the appropriate bracket to secure an outside antenna to the house. Several are supplied including a pole mount solution. I drilled three holes, placed the antenna into the bracket and screwed in the coax cable. I tacked the coax from the front of my house to the rear, using the supplied coax cable that comes with the kit. This was the most time consuming part of the entire installation. Once the coax is secured passed through the bottom of the window I went inside to the second and final step. I plugged in the gray amplifier and screwed in the outside coax cable and an inside antenna. Less than five inches high and painted black, the inside antenna is barely even noticeable. That was it. I was done. I don’t even think I broke a sweat.
So here I am, installed and plugged in. Without any hesitation I reached out to my iPhone to make that first call, after two years of never making a call out of this room. Sure enough on the top left were five bars. I couldn’t believe it, five bars!!! Over the next month incoming and outgoing calls were performed on a daily basis without ever dropping a call. At long last I had a normal working iPhone and my frustration with AT&T was resolved.
My advice to anyone with a similar issue is to purchase a Wilson Electronics signal booster kit. It’s simple installation means that anyone can have the pleasure of making normal phone calls over a weak signal. There is nothing more to do other then install and make calls, a truly simple and affordable solution. The outside antenna is a silver box that looks like a motion detector out of the CIA building, the theft deterrent of it was a hidden perk. I can’t thank Wilson Electronics enough for sending this product out for me to review. The very last thing I wanted to do was leave the iPhone community because of my service provider.
This review was written on an iPad and uploaded to Associated Content using a tethered iPhone over a 3G network with the assistance of a Wilson Signal Booster.