"Great product!"4.5 starson by jpcarlo
Pros: Will extend the range of available cell service. Will make calls clearer and less likely to drop in marginal areas. Essentially, it turns an unusable but minimal "zero bar" signal into 1-2 bars, enough to make and receive calls.
Cons: You must keep the amplifier unit quite close to your phone - I've found a few inches, and no more than a foot, is best. The device will not work if you have no signal at all; there will still be dead spots, though they'll be smaller.
Summary: I purchased the Wilson Mobile Professional after a car breakdown in an area without cell phone reception.
It works great in the car, but I now have it set up in my apartment, where cellular reception isn't good either. I then purchased a cradle-style amplifier (the Sleek) for use in the car.
In my apartment, cell service is intermittent. Sometimes I can place a call, sometimes I cannot. Very often the call drops. But with the amplifier, calls are crystal clear and quite reliable.
When driving, there are often areas where the phone alone sees a very weak but unusable signal; with the amplifier those signals become usable. There are still completely dead areas, but those areas are fewer, further between, and generally smaller. I can get a signal, it is more likely to be usable, and will hold a call without dropping.
A realistic expectation for gain in signal strength is 1 or 2 bars.
For best results, you should use the largest possible antenna (I use Wilson's 12" model, though larger antennas are available), and try to minimize the distance between the phone and amplifier units.
If you need to get a signal out in those really dead spots, though, your only options are a high-mounted directional antenna (think $$$$), or two-way radio (e.g. ham or CB).
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