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This week we’re challenging you all to guess what this is, and what year it’s from.

Think you know? Leave us a comment below, or let us know on Facebook/Twitter. If you get it right, you just might win our Sleek 4G! Happy guessing and happy Thursday everyone!

“Wireless Wednesday”–The best and worst smartphones of MWC 2014 Part 1

Happy Wednesday! This week we’re talking about some of the most popular phones from this year’s trade show, Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. See this article pasted below from @FierceWireless

There was a surprising number of new phones announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress trade show here, including the flagship Galaxy S5 from the world’s largest handset maker and the Nokia X Android phone from a company about to be acquired by Windows Phone vendor Microsoft. Further, a handful of upstart operating system vendors–including Tizen, Firefox and Ubuntu–used MWC to attempt to generate some momentum against market leaders Android and iOS.

Not surprisingly, response to the products ranged from impressed to highly skeptical.

Phone news at this year’s MWC also was notable because there was so much of it, it was so diverse, and it was so much different than the previous handful of years, when handset makers opted to forgo major smartphone announcements at MWC in favor of using their own media events to announce their new gadgets. Moreover, previous MWC shows have been dominated by other devices such as tablets.

But this year’s MWC was the site of a wide range of high-end smartphone announcements, led by Samsung’s unveiling of its Galaxy S5 Android flagship.

Today we’ll be covering the Samsung Galaxy S5,Tizen, and the Nokia X.

The Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

As expected, Samsung used this year’s MWC to announce the latest iteration of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Also as expected, the phone carried a wide range of enhancements, including a 16-megapixel camera, health monitoring systems, a sharper screen, a fingerprint scanner and a faster processor. The phone also can connect to Samsung’s growing array of wearable accessories like the newly announced Galaxy Gear 2 watch. However, Samsung didn’t announce pricing for the gadget, which will be a key factor in determining the device’s success as global markets–including the United States–continue to favor cheaper smartphones as they begin to reach parity with some of the market’s more expensive models. Click here for more, and click here for U.S. wireless carrier plans for the Galaxy S5.


TizenWhile Samsung’s sleek and powerful Galaxy S5 garnered plenty of praise and excitement (indeed, T-Mobile US said that it has received 100,000 pre-orders for the device), the opposite was true of Tizen, a Linux smartphone platform created through the combination of LiMo and MeeGo that has been primarily supported by Samsung. In the run-up to MWC, reports noted dwindling carrier support for Tizen–and indeed, no smartphone maker announced plans to actually build a Tizen phone. That’s the reverse of last year, when Samsung promised to release a Tizen phone. Instead, Samsung said it would use Tizen in its new Galaxy Gear smart watch. During a media event at MWC, the Tizen Association showed off a number of Galaxy S4s running Tizen to highlight some of the apps that have been built for the platform. But the actual Tizen user interface is extremely similar to a scaled down version of Android and features none of the polish and innovations one would expect from a brand new smartphone operating system hoping to compete with market leaders like iOS and Android. Click here for more.

Nokia X
Nokia X

Weeks before it is scheduled to be sold to Windows Phone vendor Microsoft, Nokia used the MWC show to unveil a phone, the Nokia X, running the Android operating system that is the direct rival of Microsoft’s Windows Phone. The Nokia X sports an interface similar to that of Windows Phone but it can access some Android apps. The goal, explained Nokia executives, is to build a cheap smartphone (it will go for around $122) targeted at emerging markets like Asia Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa (it won’t be sold in the United States). When questioned about Nokia’s strategy, Microsoft executives largely shrugged their shoulders and explained that Nokia could do what it wants to in the few weeks before Microsoft is expected to close its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business. “The decision to use Android sits uncomfortably ahead of the purchase of Nokia’s handset unit by Microsoft,” wrote CCS Insight analysts in a review of Nokia’s X announcement. “It acknowledges Asha’s challenges in competing with low-cost Android, and probably signals the end of the platform.”

What do you think of these smartphones? Is there one you are particularly interested in? Let us know in the comments section below or on  Facebook/Twitter. If you want to read about all of the phones featured in the article, click here. Otherwise, make sure and visit our blog often and learn about all the others soon!

#tbt Winner

Happy Tuesday! Sometimes it’s easy to get dragged down by the Tuesday blues, (especially since Spring fever is already hitting some of us here in St. George, UT!), so we’re going to brighten things up a bit.

Remember last week’s #tbt post? It was this–

Did you guess what it was, and what YEAR the line was introduced? If you said it was a Motorola Bag Phone and that the line was introduced in the 1990′s, then congrats, you were right! Our randomly selected winner is Timothy Basta. Congrats Timothy! Just comment below or email us at twhite@wilsonelectronics.com to claim your Sleek 4G!

Wireless Wednesday–”Wilson Electronics Buys zBoost for Cell Booster Supremacy”

This week for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re talking about some pretty big news! Check it out–

Wilson Electronics has purchased competitor zBoost in an effort to consolidate the cell phone signal boostercategory. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but both brand names will stay intact while Wilson pursues a “dual-brand strategy.”

In an exclusive interview with CE Pro, Wilson CEO Robert Van Buskirk outlined the strategy behind the acquisition, which officially took place in mid-January.

“The cell signal booster market is poised for tremendous growth and we recognize that industry consolidation is coming. In this case, it’s a good thing from our perspective. We have taken one of our competitors off the market and enhanced our own competencies and capabilities,” says Van Buskirk. For instance, zBoost has strong connections in the retail market that will be beneficial to acquire.

But most importantly, Van Buskirk says the acquisition allows St. George, Utah-based Wilson to pursue a “dual-brand strategy” and bring a “better/best product family” to the market. While the specific details of the niche strategy are still being worked out, Van Buskirk says the idea would be, perhaps, that zBoost become the value residential brand while Wilson’s product lines gravitate to be the premium brand for integrators.

“There are certain large retailers that are interested in carrying the Wilson line but they will not do unless they have a second brand they can offer to customers. This acquisition is the perfect solution because we can now bring two brands to them,” says Van Buskirk. Wilson also has a strong position in the mobile market with its Sleek product line.

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! This week we’re looking at a couple of common technical questions we see about our product, the Sleek 4G!
Take a look below; you just might get a question or two of your own answered as well!

Q:  Can the Sleek do simultaneous voice and data? As many do, my Verizon phone has the ability to create a hotspot for my laptop and talk simultaneously. Assuming I use a Bluetooth headset to talk, will there be any interference problems using the two at the same time?
A:  There will not be any interference issues with the hotspot and the Bluetooth. That setup should work great.

Q:  Will this work on a mobile home?
A:  You will see better results if the antenna is outside, but if the antenna is able to pick up the 4G signal there in the window, it will work. I recommend contacting Customer Support and allowing them to walk you through test mode on your phone. That will allow us to be sure what you will see. Customer Support can be reached at 866-294-9234 or info@wilsonelectronics.com.

Q:  I would prefer to put the magnetic mount antenna on the trunk of my car instead of the roof of the car as it will hide the cable better. Will this cause a performance issue?
A:  This should not cause any performance issues with the Sleek 4G. It would only cause issues if you have to lengthen the cable, or if you wanted to use a wireless booster rather than the Sleek.

Q:  I need to boost both the 4G and the 3G signal, (when 4G isn’t available). Is this possible with this product?
A:  Yes, all of our Sleek products will boost your cell phone’s 3G and 4G.

Well there you have it. Were any of your questions answered? If not, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email at 866-294-9234 or info@wilsonelectronics.com.

Do you want your question featured on our #TechTipTuesday segment? Just let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

#tbt Winner

We have a winner! Were you able to figure out what this week’s #tbt was of?
If you said “cat’s whisker radio detector”, then you were right! Congrats to our randomly selected winner Tom McElvy who has won a Sleek 4G!! Just email us to claim (twhite@wilsonelectronics.com).

Wireless Wednesday–The 5G buzz grows: How will the industry define the next-generation of wireless

This week for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re taking a deeper look at an article from @FierceWireless editor Sue Marek, about her thoughts on the MWC (Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona), as well as where she sees the industry heading in the future. See what she has to say below, or click here

ARCELONA, Spain–As I walk the floor of Mobile World Congress 2014, I’ve had numerous moments of déjà vu when listening to vendors and operators talk about their vision of 5G. You see, I’ve been covering the wireless industry as a journalist for a couple of decades (much longer than I’d like to admit). And during that time I’ve witnessed first-hand the evolution from analog to digital to 3G to 4G.

With nearly 160 million LTE connections worldwide, 4G is rapidly maturing–and that’s prompting many in the industry to begin the 5G debate. What is 5G? What services will be enabled with 5G? How fast will 5G data speeds be? Right now there are more questions than answers as standards bodies begin the cumbersome process of defining this next-generation of wireless technology.
Although most industry players are looking at 2020 for the first 5G deployments, one operator is already making some noise about deploying 5G in 2018. SK Telecom’s Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of the South Korean carrier’s ICT research and development division, said that SK Telecom, which is hosting the winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeongchang, Korea, will want to show off 5G technology at the event. “That kind of motivation leads us to look at some other innovative technologies,” he said.

But beyond SK Telecom, most industry leaders are predicting 2020 for the first 5G deployments and most are staying away from making any definitive 5G statements. Instead, I’m hearing 5G referred to in very broad terms that includes higher bandwidth and many different types of network connections, building on the Internet of Things momentum.

Still, I’ve managed to glean a few specifics. Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network technologies in AT&T Labs, hinted that 5G could use the existing LTE air interface technology but add more capabilities and lower latency.

SK Telecom’s Choi noted that the company’s combination of suitable coverage, devices and applications like streaming video are what he believes have made LTE Advanced a hit in his home country. I’m assuming those same elements will be critical for 5G.

While not specifically talking about 5G, Tony Melone, CTO of Verizon, also touted the possibilities of delivering video. Melone said during the Ericsson Media event here that Verizon has invested a lot in digital media and believes people will want to watch video in many different formats, including mobile.

But just as the early days of 4G were filled with visions of always-on wireless connectivity, streaming video and cheaper data, the preliminary discussions of 5G will likely serve as the foundation for what is to come. –Sue

What do you think about this article? Have you ever thought about the prospects of 5G? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Tech Question Tuesday

This week we’re answering some common technical questions about our Wilson DT signal booster. Keep reading and you might just have your own questions answered!

Q:  What is the range for the DT?
A:  The typical range for the DT is 15-20 feet of coverage from the indoor antenna. The coverage area can be increased or decreased, depending on the signal strength at the outdoor antenna.

Q:  What about 4G?
A:  If you would like 4G coverage, you will want the DT 4G (460101).
Q:  I have a MiFi card as well as a cell phone. Will this boost both? And can it boost them at the same time?
A:  The DT is designed to boost the voice, text, and up through 3G data (for 4G you will want the 460101). This will work to amplify the signal for the both devices when they are not in a 4G/LTE area, and to help the phone’s voice and text ability anytime there is a signal.
Q:  Do I need to have WiFi turned on for the booster to work?
A:  Wilson cell phone signal boosters simply boost the cell signal, and your phone should pick up the boosted signal regardless of the WiFi being turned on or not.
Do you have a question about one of our products? Let us know, and we could feature it in a blog post! Leave us a comment below, or let us know on Facebook/Twitter.
As always, if you have additional technical questions that weren’t addressed in this post, feel free to contact us at 1-866-294-1660 or tech@wilsonelectronics.com.