Wireless Wednesday–”Sprint and T-Mobile?”

Happy Wednesday!

As we all know by now, the wireless world is buzzing with rumors that Sprint and T-Mobile might merge. So, today we’re looking at a piece from @FierceWireless about the potential merger. See the excerpt below–

“As rumors heat up that Sprint is poised to make a public bid for T-Mobile, analysts and others are beginning to look at what the two carriers would look like if they merged.

While there are still significant obstacles to such a deal–regulators have signaled their opposition to the transaction, which could kill the deal outright or at least lead to significant asset divestments–it’s nonetheless worth looking at what kind of network and financial situation a combined Sprint and T-Mobile would command.

Below is a snapshot of the network of a combined Sprint and T-Mobile, as well as a customer and financial comparison of a combined Sprint and T-Mobile against market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.”

Sprint and T-Mobile’s aggregate spectrum holdings:
Sprint and T-Mobile’s subscriber base:

What do you think of this potential merger? Do you think it would be good or bad for the consumer? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

To view this entire article in its original format, click here.

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tech Tip Tuesday!

Today we are answering the question that many people have when installing a signal booster: What is my signal strength and how do I test it? Let us help you! Because the bars are very inaccurate when reading the signal, many phones have the capability of reading the signal in dB (decibels). This provides a much better idea of what the signal strength really is. Our focus will be on the different “test modes” and apps you can use for the iPhone and Android phones. Test modes are found within a phone’s programming that allows a user to access more data that is not regularly found.

If you have an iPhone 5 or newer, you will first need to turn off your LTE. Because your voice is operated within the 3G frequencies right now, disabling the LTE will allow you to read that accurate 3G signal. To turn off the LTE, you will go into your Settings, then to Cellular, and then you will see “Enable LTE” and you will need to slide that to the OFF position. If you have an iPhone 4s or older, you will not need to do this task. Once that is turned off, there are a couple of tools you can use to measure the signal.

The first way is to download the free app from the App Store titled “FieldTester” (all one word). Once downloaded, you will see “Phone Signal” on the left-hand side of the app, a percentage underneath that and a negative number with “dBm” directly underneath the percentage. That negative number is your signal strength. What does that negative number mean? Here’s a general rule: -60dBm is an excellent signal, meaning you are very near a cell tower; -100dBm is a poor signal, meaning your calls are getting very spotty and you may be dropping the call or text messages may fail at that point. For a good data/voice signal, you will want to see better than a -90dBm. If this app is not working for you, there is a test mode you can access within the phone. First you will go to your phone’s dial mode (found in Phone, then Keypad) and type in the following: *3001#12345#* and push the green CALL button. At this point, your phone has been set in test mode. In the top left corner, where your bars/dots generally are, you will see that negative number mentioned previously. That is your signal strength.

For Android phones, there is a free app that can be downloaded from the Play Store titled “Network Signal Info”. Once downloaded, you will see the page “Mobile” and on that page next to “Net. Strength”, you’ll see that negative number. This is your signal strength. If you are unable to download that app, you can access the phone’s test mode by going into your Settings. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on the “About Phone” button. Next, find the “Status” option and click on it. Finally, you will see an option that says either “Signal Strength” or “Network Type & Strength” – click on that. You will see your signal reading listed on that page and the same values apply for strength of the signal as they did for the iPhone.

If you do not have an iPhone or Android phone, you are welcome to search for your phone model from our many Test Mode Instructions at the link provided: http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/uploads/docs/FieldTestModes06142010%20wilson004.pdf.

If you find that you’re having issues getting your phone into test mode or finding a test mode for your phone, please give our Technical Support team a call at 1-866-294-1660, or shoot us as email at tech@wilsonelectronics.com.

Have a question you’d like to see featured on our Tech Tip? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

#tbt winner

We have a winner! Congrats to Harold Rutledge! You have won our Sleek 4G cell phone signal booster for correctly guessing what this was–He guessed that it was “A floorboard of a 1948 Chevrolet. Pickup which includes a starter pedal on right, an acceleration pedal on the left of the starter, then on the left of that you have the brake pedal,then on the left of that you have a clutch pedal then on the far left you have a headlight dimmer switch.”

Make sure and check back on Thursday to enter this week’s #tbt contest! :)

Happy National Doughnut Day!

Today is National Doughnut Day (yum)! So, we thought we’d have some fun with it (since it is FRIDAY!), and ask you what the weirdest doughnut flavor you’ve ever had is, and of course, what your favorite kind of doughnut is. For me, I’m gonna have to say the fruit filled ones, and go with a plain ol’ glazed as my favorite.

Can someone please bring me some doughnuts now? All this talk is getting to me.

Wireless Wednesday–”Apple WWDC 2014: The 6 Biggest Moments”

Happy Wednesday everyone! Since WWDC was just this week, of course we’ve got to check out the following article from @Mashable on “The 6 Biggest Moments of WWDC.” Want to know what they were? Keep reading!

1. iOS 8: The announcement of iOS 8 drew heavy applause from the crowd. The mobile operating system’s features include interactive notifications, new group thread abilities and the much-hyped HealthKit.

2. Interactive notifications: The latest update to Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8, will make it easier to respond to texts without exiting out of another app.


3. Group messaging: It is now possible to name group threads, as well as add and remove people from group conversations. When group thread conversations are constantly popping up, users can now use the “Do Not Disturb” function to stop the notifications or even remove themselves from the thread entirely.

4. Greg Joswiak’s duckface selfie: Joswiak, Apple’s VP of iPad, iPhone and iPod marketing, demonstrated the ease of sending Snapchat-like photos and videos through iMessage by snapping a selfie, much to the amusement of the crowd.

Duckface selfie

5. HealthKit: Apple rolled out the much-anticipated health information tracking app, which catalogs data like heart rate, sleep patterns and calorie counts in one location.

6. Doctor contact: The Health app, in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, can contact a patient’s doctor should the user’s health readings abnormally spike or dip.

Anything else you’d like to add about what you thought was noteworthy at WWDC this year? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Tech Tip Tuesday!

This week for our Tech Tip Tuesday, we’re answering questions pertaining to one of our newest amplifiers, the Mobile 4G. Got a question about one of our products that you would like to see answered on our blog? Let us know by leaving us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook/Twitter.
Q:  What carriers will the Mobile 4G (460108) support?
A: The Mobile 4G will work with text, voice, 3G data, and 4G/LTE data for all major US carriers.

Q:  Will this unit be available to purchase and use in Canada?
A: Yes, it has recently been approved by Industry Canada (IC) and will be available for purchase soon.

Q:  Can this system be used on a boat? If so, what exterior antenna should I use with this?
A: This system can be used on a boat within the US. Optional exterior antennas that can be used are the included Mini Magnet-Mount Antenna or the Marine Antenna (#311133-5810).

Got a specific question? Contact our Customer Support department to discuss your particular situation. They can be reached by telephone at 866-294-9234 and/or email at tech@wilsonelectronics.com.