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Weak mobile phone signal?..Wilson's Sleek 4G could be the answer.
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Weak mobile phone signal?..Wilson’s Sleek 4G could be the answer.

Dropped calls and weak signals are two of the most infuriating problems that can plague mobile phone users. A poor wireless connection can turn even the fastest, slickest smartphone into an expensive paperweight.

The problem is at its worst in a car or building in a dense urban area..or far away from urban centers where towers tend to be further apart. If you suffer from weak signals often then, a signal booster like the Wilson Sleek 4G might be the answer.

I tested the Sleek 4G-C..the Canadian version.. that boosts signals on 800MHz, 1900MHz, and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) 1700/2100MHz frequencies. That means pretty mush any mobile hone in Canada. Setup is simple, first you attach the cradle to your dashboard with the provided clip. Next you run  the cable out of your car window and attaching the stubby antenna to your car roof. It takes some doing to make the cable run look neat. Finally connect the antenna to the mount and plug in the power cord.

While the Sleek 4G is designed for use in a car you can use it at home or in the office using the optional home/office accessory kit..it consists of a sturdy stand to hold the cradle and a window mount with suction cups for the window and a power supply.

 

Now for the big question…does it work? The short answer is yes. I tested it on Telus’ HSPA+ 4G network at home  where I get a less than great signal..1 to 2 bars on the phone. Since bars aren’t the most accurate measure I looked for the signal strength in the phone properties. On the left is phone without the Sleek 4G and on the right is with the Sleek 4G turned on. The signal improvement is pretty much bang on what Wilson promises. Now I didn’t notice a large improvement in data performance but I suspect I would notice anincrease in data speed in a area with a really bad signal to start with.

The Wilson Sleek 4G is a compact little gadget that lives up to the advertising..it works..The Sleek 4G-C sells for $129.99. There are also V and A versions available for Verizon and AT&T phones.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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