Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window. Sprint says the Magic Box is a plug-and-play, self-configuring small cell that requires no labor or rental costs. The Magic Box does not connect to an in-home broadband or WiFi network; it is fully cellular. It connects to a nearby Sprint cell site and improves coverage both indoors and outdoors. It can provide up to 30,000 square feet of coverage inside, and extends the signal outdoors up to 100 meters from the small cell. The Magic Box provides coverage in the 2.5 GHz band and relies on Sprint's network for backhaul. The Magic Box is not for just the owner, it provides coverage to everyone in the area. Sprint claims the Magic Box will provide immediate improvement to network access, speed, and capacity. Sprint has been testing the Magic Box in Denver, San Francisco, Indianapolis, New York, Chicago, and Houston, and says wireless speeds have improved significantly in areas where Magic Box is deployed. The Magic Box small cell will allow Sprint to improve coverage without forcing it to seek permission for outdoor, public cell site deployments. Consumers or businesses interested in the Magic Box can apply for one on Sprint's web site. Sprint didn't specify what criteria people will need to meet to qualify for the Magic Box.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.
Facebook's Photo Magic Hits Messenger
Facebook says tests of Photo Magic have gone well and today it is adding the feature to Messenger for users in the U.S. Photo Magic scans users' camera roll using face-recognition software.
LG to Add Mobile Component to TVs Via WebOS 3.0
LG will use its webOS platform to let smartphone owners connect directly to their smart TV. The company plans to show off new TV sets at the CES trade show next month.
Usually the problem Sprint has is their network is in such high band, that indoors you are stuck on a small 5-10MHz chu...