Unlocked v. Locked Cell Phones

Is your cell phone unlocked? Surprisingly, this question has a variety of answers. For those curious about what it means to have a locked or unlocked cell phone, I’m here to clear the air up a bit.

Locked Phones

If, you’ve recently purchased a phone from a carrier network store, like AT&T. You have more than likely been given a “locked” phone. “Whoa, wait. What does that mean?” Don’t get alarmed. A locked cell phone isn’t a bad thing. Take a deep breath and stay with me.

Essentially, a “locked” phone implies, you are only able to access that specific carrier network for the duration of your contract, such as: AT&T or Verizon. Still with me? Good.

Unlocked Phones

Now, your “unlocked” phones are a little less straight-forward, but just as easily acquired. Authorized retailers, such as Amazon and Best Buy carry unlocked cell phones. And don’t worry buying an “unlocked” cell phone is not weird or anything. Actually, it is a growing practice around the world.

So, you’re wondering. What is an unlocked phone good for? Buying an unlocked phone means that you are going to be paying the full retail price for the phone *ouch*, but what that gives you is two things, A) You get the phone, you really want & B) You get to choose whatever plans or carrier you’d like.

The option of going with something that does not require an annual contract is a viable option. In fact, it’s getting rather popular these days, and the prepaid plans are available across the board. Even for those sweet, sweet smartphones. Now, I’m not going to lie there’s an activation fee for them, but over time you’ll start to see that investment pay off.

Also, these phones are great for international travel, because you just “pop” out your SIM card and insert an international SIM, so you don’t have to worry about any roaming charges while you’re out backpacking through Europe.

Does it matter?

Locked or unlocked? In the end, the difference between the two is going to come down to the user and exactly what that person needs from their phone. It’s up to each person to isolate their own needs and make the best choice for their lifestyle.







Boost Your Bars Working from Home

We Live in a Connected World…

…Now, companies, CEOs, and hiring managers have realized, if they are to create a thriving, connected workforce for a new generation. Evolution is not only essential, it is necessary.

Small Business Trends states, “3.9 million Americans now work from home.” This number is expected to explode in the next decade with a tall prediction that at least one-third of employees will work from home.

Telecommuting might be a recent fad among the Millennial workforce, but the benefits are far reaching to everybody that chooses to work from home. It seems having a strong cell signal has become a matter of livelihood for millions of people, and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years.

Being Connected is the Most Valuable Resource

If, you find yourself working from home whether it’d be part-time or full-time staking your career on a spotty cell signal is a risky choice. Especially, when the brunt of your work relies on communicating via a mobile device.

Yet, 72% of Americans claim that they suffer from multiple dropped calls each week due to poor cell signal. While the average cell service provider claims this will never happen to you, if you use their service.

That’s why regardless of where you find yourself. It’s important to make sure that you are well equipped to combat the primary causes of poor cell reception.

Here are a few to consider:

  • Building materials can block cell signal.
  • Distance from cell tower.
  • Hill, mountains and even bad weather can affect your cell signal.

Being aware of what reduces the quality of your signal is paramount in taking the appropriate steps to ensure your work goes off without a hitch.

Finding the Right Boost for Your Buck

HiBoost offers a variety of Home Booster Models to fit any kind of need that you might have. The 4K, 10K, and 20K each come with an outdoor and indoor antenna. The best aspect of our boosters is that each booster is a DIY project. And if, you follow the step by step guide your signal will be boosted in no time at all.

In addition, you can check out the video below to find out which booster suits your needs!

A brief overview of the installation process:

  • Lay out components.
  • Download the app “Open signal” and find out where your signal is coming in from outside for the Outdoor Antenna.
  • Point and install your Outdoor Antenna in the direction of the nearest cell tower.
  • Install wall mounts for the HiBoost Booster and Indoor Antenna adjacent to each other.
  • Connect the Indoor Antenna to the booster with the cable provided.
  • Connect to the DC adapater.
  • Check the lights on the back of the Booster and make sure everything is green across the board. If not, make adjustments to the Outdoor Antenna.


Better Signal on the Open Road

One of the most common pastimes in the United States is hitting the open road to find a spot away from everyone and everything else.

This freedom has as many pros as it does cons.

Because, one of the major cons is poor cell reception, but being in the middle of nowhere has that affect on your mobile device. HiBoost offers a wide variety of travel boosters that are able to boost your signal even in the most isolated of areas.

Even though the family camping trip or just a weekend spent driving in the family RV. Leaving home doesn’t mean sacrificing the peace of mind that comes from staying connected. HiBoost wants to users to stay connected at home and on the go.

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Also, poor cell reception in isolated campsites or even within the walls of your recreational vehicle can manifest in the following ways:

  • Dropped calls
  • Slow internet(buffering)
  • Spotty coverage
  • Calls cut in and out

A few obvious reasons for poor cell reception:

  1. Distance from your device to the cell tower
  2. Interference (trees, hills, mountains and tall man made structures)
  3. The RV material, such as: metal and insulation  Image result for no cell service hiking

Boosting Your Signal.

The vehicle booster amplifier kits are ideal for RVs, cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, buses or anything with wheels.

An outside antenna will amplify cell signal up to 32x and this includes: 3G & 4G LTE signals. Installation for these devices is relatively quick and easy, so you can spend more time on the open road.

Here’s a quick walkthrough of your typical vehicle installation.

  1. Lay out components.
  2. Place antenna onto of vehicle (center of the roof for best signal reception).
  3. Place booster in location where all access points meet.
  4. The booster is recommended to be placed under the front driver’s seat or under the dash.
  5. Attach inside patch antenna to door frame.
  6. Connect all wires to the booster.
  7. Plug in DC adapter.







Benefits to Boosting your Hospital Cell Signal

Like most buildings, hospitals are typically plagued by the conundrum of being host to spotty cell phone signal. This seems to be a common trend for most modern day structures. Hospitals should be concerned with boosting the cell signal for patients and doctors alike.

But, try to remember the last time you made a phone call from inside a hospital? Most calls end up standing against a window or submitting to the spotty signal and taking the call outside.

Therefore, communication within hospitals is critical, not only for the staff when providing emergency services and for the loved ones of current patients.

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Reasons for Poor Cell Reception:

  • Metal, glass, concrete, cement, and brick dramatically weaken signals
  • The energy and heat efficient material reflect the signal away from the building or trap it.
  • Since older buildings are built to be strong and industrial thus acting as a shield against cellular signals.
  • Interior stairwells, elevators are a dead zone for cell signals.

Why You Should Install a Signal Booster In Your Hospital

Installing a signal booster in your hospital promotes strong mobile connectivity between doctors, nurses, patients and family members.

Building a Strong Digital Infrastructure 

The digital revolution has evolved the practice of being able to secure and/or transfer the patients’ information. The necessity for large hospitals and private practices to boost their signal to ensure a consistent, strong cell signal is paramount now more than ever for patient care.                               Image result for happy doctor and patient

Boosting Patient Care

Now, hospitals are switching to a digital platform a dependable, cell signal is more important than ever. A reliable signal is important for keeping a high level of security for patient information. While streamlining communication between different parts of the hospital.

Consequently, this translates to a faster, more efficient form of patient care. Anything from faster check-ins, diagnoses and test results prevent long wait times.