In its booth, the company used a Faraday Cage to demo the new eqo, which is a direct-to-consumer plug-and-play cell phone signal booster. When I walked into the cage my cell phone signal disappeared. But when the eqo was activated, my Verizon phone went to four bars instantly.
The new eqo (pronounced ekō) has a sleek design so it looks good sitting on a table in the home, and it can improve cell phone coverage by up to 32X. The unit does not require an external antenna. Instead, it uses an internal antenna that must be placed at least 8 feet away and up to 25 away from the booster.
The unit includes two parts – a discrete, stylish signal booster and an internal antenna to send that signal throughout the home. The eqo Booster is placed in an area where signal is available and simply plugged into an electrical outlet and connected to the antenna. No need to mount external antennas.
“Our digital driven lives mean mobile connectivity has segued from a luxury to a daily lifeline,” says weBoost CEO, Bruce Lancaster. “Yet, not all cell-coverage is created equal, which is why we create options to match varying lifestyles, to give people the power to take ownership of their cellular connectivity so they can connect to their world. The new eqo recognizes those who struggle with poor coverage ensuring todays 'smart' devices can stretch their mobile connectivity muscle.”
The eqo covers areas up to 1,200 square feet (i.e., 1-2 rooms). It can also take an outdoor cell signal and “echo” that signal into the home for 3G and 4G services. It supports all carrier networks and is certified by the 2014 FCC standards and Industry Canada. It will be available for shipment in March of 2016 for a suggested retail price of $349.99.