By Evan Ackerman
ThinkGeek is now selling a zBoost cell phone signal booster, designed to boost a 1 bar cell signal up to 5 bars over an area of 1500 square feet (equating to about 2 or 3 rooms over a few floors, depending on where the unit is mounted). Installation involves plugging the antenna into the base unit… And that’s it, the thing just boosts away. It’ll work on CDMA, GSM, TDMA AMPS, GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, and EVDO. In other words, all networks except Nextel. Conceivably, if you’re doing a lot of downloading with your brand new iPhone, it’ll make a difference in your data transfer rates, and if you’ve got an iPhone, $249.99 more is just a drop in the bucket.
So why am I not getting one of these? It’s not the price tag, or the fact that I don’t have an iPhone (not that I’m bitter about that or anything). No, I like having crappy reception. That way, I can preface all my calls with “I might lose you, my reception is pretty bad here,” and then when I ‘accidentally’ walk away from my window and the call gets dropped and go I play computer games instead, I don’t have to feel the least bit guilty.