Infographic illustrates fear of being without mobile device

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SALT LAKE CITY — A survey showed 20 percent of people would rather go shoeless for a week than take a break from their cellphone.
This statistic is one of many shown in a recent infographic and illustrates an ever-increasing problem called nomophobia. Nomophobia is the fear of being away from one’s phone or not being able to communicate with others through a mobile device.

The first survey of a U.K. study began in 2008 showed that 53 percent of people suffered from nomophobia, but in four years that percentage jumped to a 66 percent.

That percentage only increases with the younger demographic. Of those ages 18-24, 77 percent suffer from nomophobia, a number that has been steadily rising in recent years.

An increasing number of college students now shower with their cell phone. The average adolescent would rather lose a pinky-finger than a cell phone.

–Tim Elmore

“Among today’s high school and college students, it’s on the rise. An increasing number of college students now shower with their cell phone. The average adolescent would rather lose a pinky-finger than a cell phone. A growing percentage text or tweet instead of actually talking to others,” Tim Elmore said in a recent article for Psychology Today.

In light of the new Apple iPhone 6 being released, it is interesting to note that iPhone users seem to have an even bigger problem than the average phone user. As mentioned above, one in five people would rather go shoeless than take a week off from their phone. With iPhone users, 43 percent said they would rather go shoeless. In addition, 22 percent of “other” cellphone users said they would give up their toothbrush instead of their phone. For iPhone users, that number leaped to 40 percent.

Not only is this addiction or phobia hindering social interactions, but it has been reported more frequently over the years and could be posing a safety risk. Twenty-six percent of all car accidents are caused by cellphone use, and it was reported in 2012 that 1,150 pedestrians were sent to the emergency room for injuries related to using their cellphone and walking.

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Wireless Wednesday–”Will it Bend?”

This week for Wireless Wednesday we are taking a look at the iPhone 6 and the latest report that this phone may actually bend! Take a look at the CNET article pasted below–

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may be thinner and larger, but reports are emerging that the aluminium construction has left some users bent out of shape.

It’s been on shelves for a matter of days, but some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are complaining of a major design flaw that sees the smartphone body bend under pressure.

Photos have begun appearing online showing distinctly bent aluminium devices, with complaints that the new iterations of the iPhone, which feature a thinner and larger aluminium body, are unable to stand up to the wear and tear of staying in a pocket.

Apple users have taken to the MacRumors forum to complain about the design flaw, which seems to affect the device at the top end near the volume buttons. One user, hanzoh, posted an image of a bent iPhone 6 Plus, complaining that the device warped after roughly 18 hours in his pocket.

This post was followed by similar images from other forum users complaining of the same problem, and Twitter has since lit up with talk of “bend-gate” and pictures of unintentionally curved iPhones. One dedicated iPhone 6 Plus owner even posted a video showing how quickly the device could be bent when pressure was applied.

Cult of Macreports the issue is not a new one, saying that similar problems emerged after the launches of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. The site has also posted images of bent chassis from Samsung, Sony, HTC, BlackBerry and Oppo.

What do you think of this recent development? Do you have the iPhone 6? Have you had any bending with your phone? Let us know in the comments section below!

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! This week we’re talking about using a home/office building booster in a vehicle. We often have customers inquire if they can use one of our building boosters for their vehicle. Today we will explore the reasons why you cannot do this and some options that might be available instead.

Building boosters cannot be used in vehicles for a few reasons:

1) Our smallest building is a 60 dB gain booster. The Federal Communication Commission does not allow anything stronger than a 50 dB gain booster for vehicles.

2) Our building boosters do not have the same programing as the vehicle boosters. A vehicle booster is programed to lessen the amount of signal you are boosting for strong signal areas whereas the building boosters do not have this same programing. If you tried to drive around with a building booster it would oscillate (create feedback) and shut down.

3) Building boosters require much more separation between external and internal antennas to prevent oscillation. Most vehicles would not be able to accommodate the amount of separation required.

Now, just because you cannot use a building booster inside a vehicle that does not mean you cannot use a vehicle booster in building. You do need to keep in mind that the vehicle boosters will only cover a limited area. They are designed for the cab of a vehicle or in the case of the Sleek cradle boosters your phone needs to sit in the cradle.
You can use a building booster in a RV or a travel trailer if you can get the amount of distance required between antennas and it will only be used while stationary.

Typically it is best to get the right booster for your application for best performance and satisfaction. This will mean getting a separate booster for your home/building and vehicle. If you need help selecting the right product, please call our Customer Support line at 866-294-9234 or by email at sales@wilsonelectronics.com.

Wireless Wednesday–”6 Android Phones Better Than The iPhone 6″

Since the iPhone 6 announcement last week, the tech world has been going crazy over the new phone. But what about those of you that aren’t Apple iPhone fans? This article from versus.com is for you. Check it out–

1. HTC One M8

Not only is this phone equipped with powerful stereo speakers, and a sharper display, the HTC One M8 also feature’s much more processing power than the iPhone 6. In addition it boasts a aluminum unibody design which is aesthetically unique.

Image: © 2014 HTC

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Competing more with the iPhone 6 Plus, the 5.7 inch Galaxy Note 4, once again blows Apple’s device out of the water in terms of processing power and screen resolution. As well, it comes with an S Pen stylus to enable productivity focused actions through its customized Android OS.

Image: © 2014 Samsung

3. Sony Xperia Z3

Unlike many other phones on the market, the iPhone 6 is not water resistant. But why settle for that, when you can buy the fully waterproof Xperia Z3. Not only can this phone shoot HD footage underwater, it can also beat the iPhone in most hardware specifications.

Image: © 2014 Sony

4. LG G3

With possibly the highest resolution screen on the market, the LG G3 is the phone to get if you think that the iPhone’s ‘Retina’ screen is just not enough. As well, as this bigger, and more pixel-dense screen, this LG flagship also features a more powerful processor and larger battery.

Image: © 2014 LG

5. Google Nexus 5

While it was launched more than half a year ago, the Nexus 5 remains one of best Android phones on the market. Not only are almost all of its specs better than those of the new iPhone 6, at around $300 off contract, it also massively cheaper.

Image: © 2014 Google

6. Samsung Galaxy S5

One of the most popular flagships on the market, the Galaxy S5 is also still one of the best. Once again, its hardware, and screen resolution is better than the iPhone 6, and should you be a wearables fan, it also can be used in tandem with any of Samsung’s new Gear smartwatch products.

Technical Tip Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! This week we’re answering your questions about our products. Take a look!–

Q: I am considering installing a Wilson 4G cell phone signal booster because cell reception in my office building is terrible for all carriers. There are about 30 people that work on my floor. How many simultaneous connections can a booster support?

A: There are two parts to this answer. (1) Wilson does not limit the number of simultaneous connections a booster can support. So there is no artificial cap on the number of connections. (2) However, that means the number of devices that can operate simultaneously depends on the strength of the signal outside his building. The stronger the signal outside, the more devices inside can be supported simultaneously. The same is true in the reverse. The weaker the outside signal, the fewer devices inside the building can be supported simultaneously.

Q: How may square feet will your boosters cover?

A: Cellular signal boosters work like a megaphone – the stronger or louder the starting signal, the further that signal is broadcasted, or heard. If you whisper into a megaphone, you will hear the whisper a little further than before. But if you yell into a megaphone, you will hear your voice a LOT further away. Similarly, a weak signal outside, boosted through a cellular booster, can cover a small inside area (where otherwise you would have little or no signal). Likewise, if your outside signal is stronger, you will get a much bigger coverage area.

Q: How hard is it to install a Wilson cell phone signal booster? Do you have anyone that can help me with installation?

Answer: We have an installation video and installation guide on our site to help our customers understand the installation before they purchase it. The hardest part is typically the cable. If you are able to run cable, the rest is usually simple. If you are not comfortable running cable, or don’t feel comfortable getting on the roof for the outdoor antenna installation, there are installers all over the country. You can find Custom Installers at the following link: www.wilsonelectronics.com/installers. Although these are individual companies, and not representatives of Wilson Electronics, they have at least one person on staff that has taken and completed our WCI training course and passed the exam. They are able to help with everything from the site survey and making a recommendation, to the installation. We also have a US based Tech Support department here to assist you as well. Give us a call at 866-294-1660!