If there’s one thing Wilson Electronics knows, it’s antennas. For decades, the company has made a name for itself as a maker of antennas for amateur radios and other electronics. At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, we stopped by the Wilson booth to see what was new and exciting.
We caught up with Broc Jenkins from Wilson Electronics at their booth at CES. He took a few moments to show us around their latest product, the Sleek 4G signal booster cradle.
The Sleek 4G works with ANY 4G smartphone from carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and others. The cradle features an external antenna which is placed on the exterior of the vehicle. This antenna picks up radio signals used by cell phones across 5 different frequency bands. When your smartphone is placed in the cradle, it receives a stronger signal for voice and data.
The phone receives the amplified signal when it is placed in the dock. As a result, calls must be made with a hands-free earpiece rather than holding the phone up to your ear. This promotes safe driving, because the driver does not need to take their eyes away from the road in order to have a stronger mobile signal.
Wilson also makes an optional accessory kit that adapts the Sleek 4G for indoor use. This allows users to boost their reception in hotels, dorm rooms, apartment buildings, and other places where indoor reception suffers.
I think this is a neat product that will become increasingly common as smartphones become even more prevalent in our society. With so many people depending on them for reliable communication both in business and in their personal lives, the importance of having a strong and reliable signal cannot be ignored.
At $179, the Sleek 4G is a bit spendy. But for those who travel frequently or suffer from inconsistent coverage, the Wilson Sleek 4G may be worth every penny.