"Great product - iffy CNET review"4.0 starson by bonesbautista
Pros: Improves voice quality in fringe areas.
Cons: A bit pricy for something that should be a given if they'll sell you service and a device.
Summary: There really isn't more to it than that. I am a bit surprised that VZW didn't offer a plan porting voice use over the broadband connection, but they do have to pay for switching.
About the review - did it occur to you to try the unit in a fringe area instead of an area offering Ec/No ("reception" doesn't mean anything with CDMA/WCDMA devices - power to noise ratio does). Basing your test "results" in an area that already offers a favorable Ec/No ratio and decent voice quality offers little more than a waste of bandwidth reading your "review" - surely someone on your staff lives in a VZW fringe area that could have tested the device.
And, I have read the comments echoing disappointment that the device doesn't do anything for data speeds - if you have the broadband for the Extender, what the heck are you doing that requires a high-speed mobile connection on your phones? The device doesn't list data speed enhancement in its specs or promotional literature - then why knock it? I'm disappointed the Extender doesn't grow wheat year 'round and print money - that isn't in the specs either.