The Tech Essentials List for College Students

Heading off to college for the first time and not sure what gadgets you’ll need? Sending your child to school and want them to succeed? This list has the essential gadgets you need, with no unnecessary extras, and picks out the best in each category.

After a year of interning with zBoost, I head back to college for the last time. Only one more year of school and I will be a real adult! Ah scary! Now you can benefit from the years of college under my belt, and take note of which gadgets you need to ace classes.

By: Idea Go

By: Idea Go

Obviously you are going to need a laptop. There are school computers you can use, but are you really going to walk all the way to the library to take your 5 minute homework quiz that’s due at midnight? Your laptop will become your baby and go with you everywhere; to class for notes, home for Netflix and uhh homework. So now the question is: do you save money and go with a nice Windows laptop or get fancy with a Macbook Pro?  I am in no way a diehard Apple fanatic but I truly love my Macbook Pro. It turned 5 years old this month and is still going strong. Never having to worry about viruses, along with all the features Mac includes, makes the Apple Macbook Pro the recommendation for me. Long-term this is the best bang for your buck. Continue reading

Life Uninterrupted Survey Reveals 69 Percent of Smartphone Owners Experience Service Problems

A reliable indoor cell phone signal is a must for today’s connected lifestyle, in fact according to the Life Uninterrupted Survey, commissioned by zBoost and conducted by Harris Poll in August 2014, 69 percent of smartphone owners who use data have experienced service problems including slow data, poor signal reception or dead zones in their home and/or dropped calls or dead zone on the go. Wilson Electronics (, manufacturer of North America’s top-selling line of cellular signal boosters and zBoost (, a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits, showcased today the Wilson Electronics and zBoost line of cell phone boosters at MobileFocus at CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas.

Wilson Electronics (, manufacturer of North America’s top-selling line of cellular signal boosters and zBoost (, a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits, showcased today the companies’ line of cell phone boosters at Pepcom’s MobileFocus at CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas.

??????????????“The Life Uninterrupted Survey revealed something we all knew: a reliable indoor cell phone signal is a must for today’s connected lifestyle,” said Jonathan Bacon, director of marketing at Wilson Electronics. “The explosive growth and adoption of 4G LTE technology by consumers using smartphones and tablets is driving our move towards true Connected Living. With the vast majority of smartphone owners experiencing service problems, a reliable indoor cell phone signal is an essential tool for making Connected Living a reality. At Wilson Electronics and zBoost we’re dedicated to developing the highest quality, best value and most affordable signal booster solutions on the market to keep consumers connected.”

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Residential Systems: zBoost Trio Soho Cell/Data Booster

Residential Systems, John Sciacca had a great review of the zBoost TRIO SOHO.  John states:

“Ultimately zBoost worked as promised and definitely improved cell reception, but set up and installation are crucial and can be tricky.”

We all have clients married to their cell phones, but they receive spotty reception inside of their zBoost TRIO SOHO ZB575-V kit contentshomes. Whether the home has a metal roof or concrete walls or is just in a fringe area, reception inside many homes is terrible. In fact at my company’s CI showroom, my desk is located in a periodic cell dead spot where the signal just totally drops. A cellular booster is a relatively simple system that consists of an external antenna that grabs a stronger signal and then carries it via coax cabling to an amplifier that boosts the signal for better coverage. While the ZB575 boosts cell signals for all carriers, it is available in specific AT&T and Verizon models to boost 4G LTE data for those carriers.

Antenna positioning is critical. In fact, positioning the antenna is the single most important thing in the entire install. Fortunately there are a variety of tools to help with this. iPhone users can dial *3001#12345#* and then press “call,” which places the iPhone into field test mode and measures signal strength in dB–a far finer measurement than the five bars. (Android signal strength is found under Settings – About Phone and then either under Network or Status depending on the model.) Now you can walk around and locate the strongest (lowest –dB rating) signal.

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Back To School Apps & Tech

As the kids go back to school this year, be sure to check out some of the great Apps and Tech available for students. Mary Cantwell shares this great inforgraphic with us.

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Rick Broida and the Cheapskate blog mention zBoost SOHO Max on CNET

Thanks Rick Broida and the Cheapskate blog for your mention of the zBoost SOHO Max on CNET.  Rick’s blog Get a zBoost Soho Max cell-phone signal booster for $199.99,  describes how zBoost Soho Max is a great solution for poor signal indoors.

Normally $100 more, this dual-band booster promises much better indoor signal strength for both CDMA and GSM phones,

How’s the cellular coverage in your home or office? Depending on your proximity to your carrier’s towers and the composition of your walls, it might be sufficient — or it might drive you to dropped-call madness.SOHO Max 545M

If you fall into the latter category, consider a signal booster. Like this one: for a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the zBoost Soho Max ZB545M cellular signal booster for $199.99 shipped (plus tax). Regular price: $299.99. Price at Amazon: $285.

Also, unlike some boosters, this one is dual-band — it works with both CDMA and GSM networks, meaning it should help regardless of which Big Four carrier you use.

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zBoost Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Karen Reynolds, President of zBoost officially accepted Wilson Electronics ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  The zBoost team also nominated Dave Graveline and the Into Tomorrow Team, The Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, and Communicorp Inc. to take the challenge. ALS challenge 1ALS challenge 2

Along with a donation to the charity for more research and to help communities learn about ALS, the team took their turns with the ice buckets.  See the youtube video at



Inside My Head.. Reviews zBoost Connect

Kelli Avery with Inside My Head had major problems in her home getting good signal.  As she puts it;   “I’m lucky if I get up to 2 bars while I’m sitting inside and whenever any of us get a call we have to do the walk around the house and figure out where it’s gonna decide to work today. It switches all the time. Most times, for important calls, I usually end up outside.”

She decided to try out zBoost Connect in her home and provided the following review.

ZB540 Connect ImageThe zBoost CONNECT ZB540 boosts cell phone signals for voice calls and text for all major carriers.  It captures the reliable cellular signal at an interior window and rebroadcasts it further indoors, so you can enjoy clearer, faster and more reliable service without interruption. And you don’t need roof access or an attic for good performance – just attach the signal antenna to an inside window using the supplied suction cups.

The zBoost CONNECT is worth every penny. I have not had a single lost call, static conversation or eternally long download time in my data performance since the day I installed the signal booster.  I went from no bars in my dead zone to almost 3 full bars!

zBoost CONNECT ZB540 is my new best friend. It’s strangely relaxing knowing your not missing as many calls as you have in the past and quite relieving to know I have added security of my kids, family, school etc etc being able to reach me.

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