Don’t know about you, but I have always been lucky (hint: sarcasm) to be located in areas that seem to have poor coverage. Being part of the engineering industry, the simple fact that most work places I work in are converted metal shells is enough to eat your signal out. While my current situation at least lets my phone work on 2G, my last work place basically made you feel lucky if you got any bar at all.
So, what do you do at a time like this? Use the power of the internet. How? Well, Vodafone have the answer for you. Vodafone have this device called Sure Signal which basically uses your internet to route your calls. All you need is one of these, a 3G enabled phone and you are good to go. Sounds a bit too good to be true? Well it isn’t.
Vodafone sent me one of these devices to try out, and I am pleased to report that this works as well as it says on paper. Pictured above, it plugs into any spare socket. At the bottom is an input that will take a lead from your router or switch to this device, which lets the device use internet.
Once plugged in, it takes about 10 minutes on average for it to be ready to start transmitting 3G, but on initial set up it may take up to an hour. While my device was pre configured by Vodafone (to use on an HTC 8X, review coming soon as well), the set up is quite simple. You log on to your Vodafone account, register your device, and add up to 32 devices that can use this. Only 8 devices can use this at one time, but if you want to use more, just add another one of these devices. The fact that it controls the numbers that can use this device also means that your bandwidth is not hogged by unsolicited users!
Handy indicators on the device tell you what the status of the device is. The mains socket in there means that you can plug in something else to power it as well. Obviously there are limits, and they recommend that you do not plug in the likes of irons or microwaves in it, but most appliances are fine.
Price wise it is a one off cost, and you need not do anything else. This does mean, however, that as far as your phone is concerned, it will use 3G as per your data package even when running off this device. This may seem a bit unreasonable, as you are providing the internet for that 3G, but that is a price you have to pay for seamless coverage.
The other niggle is perhaps the fact that this only works on 3G, but in today’s age where most phones are moving to 4G, this should not be a problem.
So yeah, in conclusion, this is quite a brilliant device. Specially if you are a business (or home user) and would like to have the coverage you deserve (and need) for your daily communications, look no further than this device (and hence Vodafone!).
Some more information about the device can be found here:
While if you want to get one of these, this is the link to buy one: