Deliberately enhancing and blocking cell phone signals are now possible thanks to next generation technologies

June 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment
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In this mobile-driven world, technology is utilized to entertain, to organize and most especially, to connect people. No technology has prompted breakthrough innovations and triggered economic developments more than mobile. Nearly all facets of human activities have been touched, if not revolutionized, by mobile technology. Thus, it’s no surprise that mobile subscription, according to Ericsson, has reached three billion in just over decade, and is forecast to reach six billion by 2021, making mobile the most adopted consumer technology.

Innovations in mobile technology have greatly improved communication that it spurred economic growth and development. The emergence of mobile network operators that are able to provide network signals in several parts of the world continues to flourish with the aim of serving almost 7.6 billion mobile connections. Unfortunately, the inability of network operators to provide flawless network signals is reflected by a poor signal reception and slow internet speeds.

Some of the biggest complaints that mobile users make are the lack of network signal that often results to drop calls and slow internet speeds. According to the multinational telecommunications company Vodafone, drop calls happen when the mobile phone loses coverage or has insufficient signal to maintain the connection. Luckily, third-party tech companies have found a way to solve these problems through various mobile innovations.

Mobile tech innovator 5BARz International (OTCQB: BARZ), is a company that provides third-party solutions to weak network signals through their highly engineered, single, plug-and-play device. Their network extender product enhances weak indoor signals thus improving network signals lowering drop call instances. The company, through its subsidiary, 5BARz India Pvt. Ltd., has partnered with network operators in India such as Vodafone for the commercial roll out their network extender product for use in the home or office.

Florida-based global cellular coverage solutions company JDTeck provides cost effective solutions in enhancing poor cellular reception in various applications. The company which started over 17 years ago has produced in-building Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) for large facilities and outdoor coverage solutions. Their products include cellular repeaters and signal boosters for enterprise applications.

DAS, according to AT&T, provides various connectivity solutions to its users such as boosting mobile broadband coverage, enhancing network capacity and improving the reliability of wireless network connections, even when thousands of people are simultaneously using their mobile devices.

While there are products that help boost network signals, there are also companies that develop products to block network signals. In a CBS news report, a company called Yondr developed a pouch that disconnects network signals in places “phone-free” places. According to the report, one high school in California utilized this technology to allow high school students to concentrate on their lessons instead of using their smartphones in class.

“By separating something that’s primarily for their social life, I’m hoping that it brings them more in the moment,” English professor Mr. Offield told CBS.

Yondr Founder Graham Dugoni initially introduced the technology at nightclubs to help people engage in a “real way” rather than constantly flipping screens on their mobile phones. The technology challenges this mobile-driven society to steer clear of the habit of looking at smartphones during important events such as concerts, lectures, family dinners and even in high school classes.

Another reason why signal blocking technologies are invented is to protect mobile phone users from “bleeding” digital information while on mobile data. Cell Phone Dual Faraday Carryall, according to an Examiner article, is a leather carrying case that protects the mobile device inside it from people wanting to access credit card information, valuable computer data, and other pertinent information.

Mobile technologies have vastly transformed the way people live, learn, communicate and even work. However, while telcos have vastly improved communication technologies, there are still a few lapses, as network providers are unable to serve its consumers because of location, infrastructure, and regulations that result in poor network signal. Because of these, cellphone signals and connectivity can still be influenced and manipulated by third-party innovators. Thankfully, these third party products answer people’s needs in terms of connectivity—whether it be blocking or enhancing it.